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Price of a "large" popcorn at your theater?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Cory Pals, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Cory Pals

    Cory Pals Well-Known Member

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    So I take my wife out for her birthday this weekend and we do the dinner and a movie thing. The dinner was great and we had to kill a little time between that and the movie. when we go we usually get a large Popcorn and a couple of pops to snack on during the movie.

    Until we saw the price of the snacks....

    $5.20 for a large pop ($4.80 for a medium pop) and $7.85 for a large bag of popcorn.

    And the bag wasn't even really that large.

    To make matter worse the place had signs up for their "package deals" in the middle of the lobby, at the main concession stands and at their "side" concession stands and the prices were different at each place. We were still full from dinner and while popcorn would have been nice and something to chew on, we passed.

    I know that theater make their money at the concession stands, but..... $7.85? Really?

    My question is this: How much is popcorn at your theater? And do you think it is to much?

    Cory
     
  2. Lucia Duran

    Lucia Duran Well-Known Member

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    Large popcorn at my theater is $6.75. Large drink is $5.50. Ridiculous!
     
  3. Mike Frezon

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    We were at our local Regal Cinema this weekend to see The Blindside.
     
  4. Patrick Sun

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    At Regal, $8 for a tub of popcorn.

    At AMC, $7.50 for a "large" bag of popcorn

    Free refills from each theater chain on the large size popcorn and drinks.
     
  5. Chris Lockwood

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    I don't know, but it's about 20 cents a bag at the grocery store.

    Is it that hard to go 2 hours without eating?
     
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    Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood [/i]) and got the medium soda/popcorn for about +/- $9. I think that worked out to about $5.50 for the popcorn (a pretty large bag) and $3.50 for the soda (32 oz). I think the large bucket of popcorn is about $6.50. This is the cheaper theater in the region and offers the best quality food, too, IMO (all independents, we have no chains in this area). The other major theater in the area is about $1 more on everything. I went to a Regal Cinema when visiting a friend out of state in October and was astounded at the food prices. I think I got the small popcorn/soda combo and it was nearly $10.

    I don't so much mind the popcorn prices for some reason, but it's the soda prices that really grind my gears. Charging $5 for a cup that contains about a penny's worth of water and maybe 10 cents worth of syrup is completely ridiculous. I worked at Burger King as a youth and recall the manager saying how soda was the biggest profit driver in the restaurant as it cost just pennies a cup and we sold it for well over $1 at that time.
     
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    Similar here. I typically get a small popcorn for about $5.50 and a med soda for $4.50. My mental figure is it's $30 to go to the movie with my wife.

    If you want more reasonable concessions pricing, you need to get studios to share more ticket revenue with the theater. Conventional wisdom is that significant portion of the theaters profits from from concessions. Most of the ticket sales go to the studios.

    Or you can go to the 2nd-run theater, where tickets are $2, so you're paying almost solely for snacks.
     
  8. Matt^Brown

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    The price of snacks at the theater really make it difficult to want to even go at all. I have two young boys and for tickets, drinks, and popcorn we are over $50. I really like to take them but I wish it was more affordable.
     
  9. Mike Frezon

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    Originally Posted by Matt^Brown
     
  10. Chris Lockwood

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    'Snacks are optional!"
     
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    I, personally, don't have a major issue in dropping $9 for snacks at the movie, but what floored me was this family of four in front of me recently (and the kids were quite young) dropped over $80 on snacks! When my four go the only additional cost is my wife's soda and the difference of a large popcorn - $9 to $15. The kids prefer juice so we bring our own (no one complains about their water bottles) and we all share the popcorn.

    $80! A bet dinner rarely costs that much for them.
     
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    For $5/drink I should be able to get Sam Adams at the multiplex
     
  13. Keith Plucker

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    While the price of snacks at the theater is quite high, the bigger problem I have is that I can't remember the last time theater popcorn tasted good. It has been mediocre at best for years.

    No real butter, often times popped and bagged well ahead of time, it is just crap. If I am going to pay a premium price I want the quality to reflect that...sadly it doesn't.

    -Keith
     
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    Originally Posted by Keith Plucker
     
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    Referring to the squirt they put on popcorn as butter is stretching the definition. The theatre in my town would charge an extra dollar if a person wanted real butter, instead of recycled axle oil. Okay, I'm kidding about the axle oil but not by much. Where I'm at, a medium drink and a bag of dried out popcorn is about 10 dollars. Extra axle oil is 50 cents.

    One time, the axle oil was rancid. A small bag of popcorn was four bucks and I couldn't believe how many people wouldn't take the stuff back and complain. They were just throwing it on the floor. There was greasy popcorn everywhere. I actually took it back and told them I wanted my four bucks back. They actually tried to exchange it for a new bag. I had to tell them I wasn't interested in another bag of disgusting tasting rancid popcorn before they finally coughed up the cash.
     
  16. Lucia Duran

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    In Tucson we had a theater that actually allowed people to bring in outside food. People use to bring in pizza, burgers, falafels.... you name it. We use to go and bring our own popcorn and drinks, but never a full meal.

    We rarely go to movies anymore just due to prices being so high now ($8.75 for tickets not to mention cost of snacks). I think I heard that the prices for tickets are going up to $9.25 next year, so that will make it even more of a reason to get a better home theater.
     
  17. Mike Frezon

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    Originally Posted by Lucia Duran
     
  18. Walter C

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    That's the reason why I don't go anymore. I can remember when a movie ticket was at most, $6.
     
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    Here a large popcorn is $5-6 dollars and a large drink is $4.50. At least admission is still $5.50 although I have a feeling that will go up soon.
     
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