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    Cinema mark-up is hard to swallow....

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 07 Apr 2013, 12:44 pm

    I have reported on this rip-off in ROB a number of times before, but as I recently saw this on another sister website, HERE I thought that it would do no harm to refresh this consumer interest by pointing the ROB-users to the Consumer Action Group.

    Mark Gander of The Consumer Action Group said: "Families understood that cinemas had to make a profit, but described these latest prices as objectionable".


      * In one case a small bottle of water cost 2.20, almost three times what it costs in a supermarket.

      * A bag of Randoms sweets was 2.99 at a cinema and just 1.35 at Tesco.

      * A bag of Maltesers were 3.00, 90p dearer than at a supermarket.


    Gander also said: "For millions of ordinary families an outing to the pictures is just about affordable, but if you spend a fortune on sweets and drinks, it ceases to be attractive".

    Now many people are avoiding this cost by waiting three months and buying the latest movies on DVD.




    I guess the best advice here has to be: If you must have the big-screen effect, then buy your refreshments BEFORE you go to the pictures and sneak them in with you.

    I am sure that many people now already do this anyway !

    Well....do you ?

    I certainly do.



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    Re: Cinema mark-up is hard to swallow....

    Post by Hell's Granny on Mon 08 Apr 2013, 8:06 pm

    Haven't been to the cinema in donkey's years!
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    Post by papa_umau on Tue 09 Apr 2013, 11:43 am

    I am not surprised as nowadays many people just don't go because it is so expensive.

    As I am a bit of a sci-fi nut and the wife quite likes them too I use my mobile phone to get what Orange, ( EE ), call "Two-for-one Orange-Wednesdays" to go to the pictures.

    You do not even need to have a contract with Orange, ( although you need to have them as your PAYG airtime-provider to get their Wednesday offer ). All you need to do is to - on a Wednesday - text the word "Film" to number 241 and they will send a daily code number back in about a minute. This number is presented to the ticket assistant and you get one person out of the two in free.

    And of course I always buy my snacks and drinks before going into the cinema.

    Doing it this way makes trips to the cinema much more affordable.


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    Post by Hell's Granny on Sun 21 Apr 2013, 6:03 pm

    Sci-fi nut myself, Paps!

    Cheers, HG
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    Post by papa_umau on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 11:30 am

    Good for you HG; it doesn't make you a bad person !

    Two great new ones still to see:

    1). Oblivion

    And

    2). The latest Star-trek feature film. ( Coming soon ).


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    Post by TuppenceHapenny on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 6:55 pm

    Damn!!! you can get away with that there? WOW! They do bag checks here n if they catch u with treats they eitehr confiscate or don't let you in.
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    Post by papa_umau on Tue 23 Apr 2013, 11:05 am

    HMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm........

    You must feel a bit persecuted over there.

    The last time I saw anybody looking into a shopping bag over here was when my Aunt Iris, visiting Scotland from Northern Ireland, voluntarily opened her bag for a security man at our local shopping mall.

    He looked at her very strangely and asked what she wanted ?

    She was puzzled when the guy did not want to look in her bag !

    ( It is still routine in some places in Northern Ireland for security people to ask shoppers to open their bags ).

    In the rest of Britain that would be seen as an infringement of human rights.

    NOPE.... I still carry my treats into the picture house from outside and nobody dare ask to look into my pockets or my wife's bag.( Or as you would call it: her "purse" ).



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    Post by TuppenceHapenny on Tue 23 Apr 2013, 12:04 pm

    actually i call it my bag but that's okay. They say it's so we don't bring explosives/firarms/booze/drugs etc into the theatre. My only hope is that the FILM doesn't bomb too much. Usually does and since it runs us about $50 or so to see summat in a theatre we generally don't. Maybe every couple years but that's it.
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    Post by papa_umau on Thu 25 Apr 2013, 11:17 am

    "explosives/firearms/booze/drugs" eh ?

    I guess that after nine-eleven the security in America has been ramped up very highly.

    What would happen if you didn't open your "bag" ?

    Anyway......

    Is that $50 the cost to get in for one, or for you and your hubby ?

    Also, do you find that buying treats like sweets, ( candies ), drinks and hot-dogs etc' are an expensive outlay in movie theatres in America too.

    If you do then we over here in Britain might not feel so bad about that particular rip-off here.


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    Post by TuppenceHapenny on Thu 25 Apr 2013, 3:05 pm

    noncompliance with a bag search would resultin both confiscation and refusal to be let in to see film, said that in my last post. It's at the discretion of the manager.
    It's $9 to get in and $7 for a small popcorn and another $4 for a small drink, it actually comes in a bit over $50 for the 4 of us. And that's not including the petrol to get to the theatre. It's about 30 miles or so to the nearest one. As I REFUSE to pay $9 for a hot dog/nachos/or whatever that ain't a gonna happen. Sweets are ranged from $4 for something I can overpay for at the grocery at $1.79. That's for a small one. The "large" sweets run about $7. Most of the time we just wait til films show up on Hulu, Netflix, Youtube or they get it in at the Library. We vote on movies in our house. IF we feel it's worth the cost then we pool and then go. It's as much for the outing as for the film. For the cost of going to see a film we can watch a dozen movies at home, have all you can eat popcorn & soda, a really NICE dinner and have the kids friends come for it. In general the whole family would prefer that than going out. The last movie we saw in a theatre was the 7th Harry Potter and we decided that since we'd seen the others on the Big Screen and since it was the final episode then it would be worth it. But then the theatre did both segments of the movie for $12 per person so it kinda was a "bargain".

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    Post by papa_umau on Fri 26 Apr 2013, 12:02 pm

    Thanks for the info' Tuppence !

    It seems by your information that "going to the pictures" - as we call it here - is much cheaper there than doing it in Britain.

    Don't even start me on the comparative price of petrol or diesel to get there.

    At present we in Britain pay - on average - 1.35 PER LITRE for petrol and 1.39 PER LITRE for diesel. That's $2.14857 per litre for diesel, as compared with America.

    Sixty percent of that cost is in taxation !


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