Should You Take a Trip to the Movies?
October 25, 2018
According to boxofficemojo.com, the average cost of a movie ticket is $9.27 However, we all know that it’s probably the two dollar showings at the Cinema Six theatre in Hopkins, Minnesota skewing that data. It’s also common knowledge that the concession area of the movie theater is just waiting to rob of you your hard earned money for the same candy or snacks you could have purchased at the Dollar Tree. However, no matter how many snacks to stash in your big purse, you are going to buy popcorn. You can swear to yourself that you will not drop ten bucks on a bucket of popcorn that cost the theater a whopping eighty-five cents. You may even pop a bag of it at home, seal it in a Ziploc back and stash it in the corner of the suitcase-like bag you take into the theater. Yeah, have a few bites, too! That’ll fix your craving! However, after standing in line outside to buy your ticket, the aroma of salty, smooth butter washes over you when you finally make your way through the door- movie theater popcorn. It’s a magical substance; no human can resist the temptation of hot, freshly popped popcorn covered in melted butter (or butter like) substance. You stifle the slight heart palpitation as the bubbly cashier tells your total- $36.45.
So, my lovely reading public, explain to me WHY you would drop $50 on a movie and snacks when you could easily watch the movie at home for a fraction of the cost if you wait a mere few months? Is your desire for instant gratification or peer satisfaction that strong that cost is negligible? If so, you all have way too much money to waste. When I was a student in high school- y’know, back when you had to look up showtimes in a newspaper and they still had to hand crank the projectors- I was only ever exposed to the theaters on the various military bases where my dad was stationed. Two dollars to get in and a buck for popcorn- YES! I could watch as many movies as my meager weekly allowance would allow. Granted, the movies were a bit older, I had to stand for the national anthem every single time, and any slight misbehavior would get my dad in big trouble but I still got the so-called, movie experience. This is the argument I get whenever I complain about my own children dropping big bucks to sit in a smelly theater with a bunch of obnoxious, popcorn crunching, drink slurping, wrapper rattling inconsiderate people. “You’ll miss out on the movie experience,” they whine. You could be relaxing on your couch in your PJs, hitting pause anytime nature called, and not having to deal with people kicking your seat, crunching in your ear, or laughing so loud you miss half of the dialogue. That, my friends, is the true movie experience. Not to mention, I’ll have an extra fifty bucks to buy some new books. What?? I’m an English teacher- the book is always better.
Experience Movies the Right Way
Movie theaters are full of magic. Nothing compares to the buttery sensation of freshly popped popcorn or the feeling of butterflies stirring in your stomach when the main characters in the movie you’re watching finally share a kiss on the big screen. Movie theaters are one of the few places where you can enjoy the company of others without ever talking. It is a place where you can ponder life’s mysteries, rethink life choices, and resolve to be a better person all because of a moving performance by your favorite actor. With the rising popularity of streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu, many people have opted out of going to the movies altogether. They prefer to watch the movies on their quaint televisions or phone screens. These people are all missing the best part about going to see a movie: the experience.
When you enter in a showing of a movie you’re excited about, you are greeted with the friendly faces of dozens of people who share your interests. This feeling of community is impossible to experience from the comfort of your home. Once the movie begins, the magic really happens. Out of respect for all of the viewers, you are not allowed on your phone or to engage in conversation. Because of these restrictions, you can fully enjoy the movie. Senior and moviegoer Leila Carroll captured it perfectly when she said, “I like going to the movies because you can be fully invested in the movie you’re watching. When you’re at your house watching a movie on a smaller screen, it is so easy to find things to become distracted by.”
Not only do limited distractions enhance the movie, but the snacks do, too. There is a vast array of concessions available to supplement a movie ticket. The delicious combinations elevate the sensory experience of the theater in a way that’s impossible from home. Although the prices are admittedly expensive, these snacks are worth every penny. Buying a large popcorn might seem to break the bank, but it’s not a common purchase. I think of the purchase as an investment into the enjoyment of the film itself.
The experience of moviegoing is heightened when you take to the theaters. Next time you want to watch a movie in style, drive over to your local movie theater instead of staying at home in your pajamas. You just might feel the magic of the megaplex during your trip. And that, my friend, is priceless.