Now, going during the day has pluses and minuses. The pluses are obvious because there are no crowds and all that goes with it, but the minuses....Sometimes it is too empty and that can be a tad creepy. I sit and wonder who the other people are in attendance and what their story is. Playing hookie from work? Retired? Day off? Sick?
There is no bargain in NYC. We pay $13.50 for adults. That's a lot of money and forget about the concessions. Ridiculously overpriced and now I skip it. Wouldn't movie theatre owners make more money if they sold more in quantity (numbers) and charged less? I know so many people that would never buy food at the movies and sneak in their own because the mark up is sickening. And again, I digress. So now I am in a movie theatre with few people spread about and yet clustered. The previews begin at the movie "start" time. Used to be it was fun and over in 5 minutes tops. Now, the movies show twenty minutes of trailers. It is irritating and detracts from the experience.
Okay, so have I painted the picture? Ten people spread out, though clustered together. The movie is about to begin. Even with the few people in the theatre, there are always talkers or whisperers. Pisses me off. I have paid my money, gotten comfortable, suffered through the never ending trailers and then people talk. Really?
So the fabulous days of movie going from yesteryear are over. Movies were cheap, food was reasonable, people were polite and knew how to behave at the movies, and there were ushers walking up and down the aisles. Not to forget, the theatres were movie houses with big screens and not multiplexes with variable sizes throughout. I am off to the movies shortly, always hopeful that the experience will be like the olden days, but sadly, always disappointed.
Sidebars: Sunday night TiVO and DVR alert. Downton Abbey Season 2, The Firm new series, Absolutely Fabulous new season, and a new Good Wife. After a television draught, it's too much. All great, all on at the same time. Saw The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and give it too big thumbs up! Off to see The Artist today. Enjoy the weekend!