As a teenager, one of my favorite activities was going to the movie theater. Its huge screen, amazing sound system, mouth-watering popcorn, and many rows of seats were perfect for an afternoon or evening of fun with friends. It seemed so easy and affordable — a great value for such an enjoyable time.
However, in the last decade, I’ve only gone to see a movie at the theater twice. Now that I’m an adult, the movie theater has lost its magical appeal. I no longer feel the need to rush out and watch the latest films. Here are the top three reasons why I gave up going to the movie theater:
Reason #1: Ticket Prices
Ticket prices aren’t as cheap as they used to be. And, now that I’m a parent, I must be frugal with my money. Where I once saw a great value, I now see a waste of hard-earned cash. Ultimately, it’s much more logical to wait and purchase the movie on Blu-ray because it costs less than taking the entire family to the movie theater and we can re-watch the film as many times as we want-for free!
Reason #2: Concession Stand Woes
As if ticket prices weren’t bad enough, the concession stands of today are enough to send the frugal-minded individual running out the door. For a family of four, it isn’t unheard of to spend $20 or more on drinks and a little snack every time you go to the movies. I know some people might suggest we ignore the concession stands altogether and simply enjoy the movie. However, I, as an adult, have a difficult time ignoring my stomach growling at the the tantalizing aroma of the freshly-popped popcorn. So, how can I expect better from young children? Plus, movies and popcorn go hand in hand. It is part of the fun experience.
Reason #3: Uncomfortable Environment
Finally, movie theaters don’t seem nearly as comfortable as they used to be. I don’t know if it’s because I’m older but movie theater seats feel like torture devices. They are hard, squeaky, and smelly. Add gum-infested floors and not-so-considerate strangers, and suddenly, I find myself wondering why I’m wasting a fortune on the movie theater, instead of relaxing on my comfortable couch, enjoying snacks that cost up to 20 times less, and freely taking bathroom breaks whenever my kids decide they both have to go at separate times. Movie theaters simply aren’t worth the fuss or the cost with an HDTV and Blu-ray player sitting in my living room ready for a family movie night.