Why is the cinema so expensive?



  • h007
    h007 Posts: 1,774 Forumite
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    i still get the cineworld card for £13.50 a month. it has gone up alot recently but it is still worth it if you go twice a month. and as i tend to go once a week it is very worth my while.

    also if you take another person on orange wednesday they get in free and your card covers the ticket you pay for.
  • Check out your local independant.

    Our local, known as the ritz is an old fashioned cinema all refurbished and run by a family. It is fully licensed so you can enjoy a bottle of wine rather than a bucket of nasty pop, they serve cake and *real* popcorn too. The seats are comfy, it is spotlessly clean (no sitting on the last persons squashed malteasers) there is plenty of leg room and not many adverts.

    It costs £6 for a standard seat, £13 for two people on a sofa and a little more for a luxury seat.

    About the same as the uci/showcase about 10 miles away and cheaper than the odeon where you also have to pay extortionate parking fees.

    They do get the new films, not straight away but reasonably soon and they have stuff that you never see at mainstream cinemas too. They also show re-runs of old films and topical things. During the local arts festival they showed Women in Love this year as the book was written locally and the film was shot nearby too.

    Only trouble is it is sold out every night about two months in advance..... :( so I've not been since Casino Royale was on :(
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  • Not happy with cinema ticket prices (£7), so signed up for Unlimited Cinema with Cineworld, £11.99 gets you all the movies you ever want, I have 3 Cineworlds within 20 miles of me (Glasgow, Falkirk, Edinburgh). My wife and I go every week now and think it's a total bargain!
  • A decent size TV and a blu-ray player beats the cinema these days anyway.
  • Nah, you can't beat the cinema experience.

    You just need to find a cheaper cinema near you or go when it's cheaper.
    Sunday early afternoon is a favourite time for me.
  • hezza86
    hezza86 Posts: 175 Forumite
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    Hey OP,
    I totally agree with you, I love going to the cinema, and i live in Fife and Dunfermline odeon is my local, i used to go several times a month but its just so expensive now, even using my student card it doesnt make much difference.
    I think they stopped the cheap tuesdays earlier this year, Thats when i used to go aswell. Gutted they stopped it.
    I went to odeon in newcastle last christmas and was shocked at how much cheaper it was down there compared to odeon at home! we get ripped off! But iv noticed its not as busy now as it used to be, they are shooting themselfs in the foot!
  • Hi Hezza

    Totally agree - when we first moved here 4 years ago the Odeon was mobbed (especially on a Tuesday) now when I go its like a ghost town. I keep thinking with all the housebuilding going on another cinema will be built somewhere nearby but nothing so far!!! I'm sure the last time I looked its not even cheaper if you go say 2pm on a Monday afternoon - they just charge £7.75 all day every day?!?!?!?! Unfortunately driving to Odeon Wester Hailes doesnt save any money due to the petrol so we're stuffed!!

    We're sticking to Blu-rays on the TV these days.
  • hezza86
    hezza86 Posts: 175 Forumite
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    Hey pootle30,

    nope its no cheaper during the day, i was at a 2pm showing yesterday and it was same prices. its crap.
    There was talk of kirkcaldy getting a cinema but stupid councillers keep knocking the plans back, my cousing lives through there and there was a plan for a whole new leisure park, with new pool and cinema but it hasnt gone through so far.
    I know what you mean that we cant even go through to edinburgh due to the current petrol prices, we are just doomed to be ripped off. :(
  • wordsfan
    wordsfan Posts: 429 Forumite
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    We go to empire juniors every weekend, it used to be £1 a ticket, now £1.25. adults can't go in without a kid, so for you non parents wanting to see any of these films borrow a child (niece/nephew etc)! kids/family films ie pg and u rated. choice of 2 films but each weekend there's an overlap on one of the films ie wk1 film a or b wk 2 film b or c wk 3 film c or d etc. includes films like hsm and hannah montana but after their main run, i use a lge handbag to sneak snacks n drinks in cos the kiosk prices are extortionate!! And once a month we go to cheap tue and see a "grown-up" film ie a 12a my dd fancies and i think suitable. refuse now to pay full price for u or pg films.
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