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Everyone Has a Price

By Tater Barley Banks | Comment Diversions | October 7, 2009 |

By Tater Barley Banks | Comment Diversions | October 7, 2009 |

(Due to a visit from the in-laws and my own neglectful fuck-up, I forgot to post last weekend’s comment diversion. To keep … ummm … Tater in weekly sequence — he’s pre-written diversions through Christmas 2010, and they all need to appear in sequential order (there are hidden clues in each own that will eventually reveal the origins of Pajiba) — I’ve decided to run his diversion today. — DR)

This summer I decided to go to the midnight opening of District 9 and paid $8.25 to get in. It’s the first time in I don’t know how long, but possibly forever, that I’ve paid full price to get into a movie. Because of that, I bought no popcorn, no candy, no soda (that’s sorda, for you JerseyJibs), not that I would ordinarily be tempted to anyway. I don’t like popcorn unless it’s drenched in real butter (and by “drenched” I mean “you could wring little puddles out of each kernel”), but I have a heart situation …

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised that I thought I got my money’s worth. That was a good time.

But it got me to thinking about the occasional tangent a thread takes where Pajiblets rant about the prices of tickets, snacks and drinks at the theater, and ways they have of sneaking stuff in, and I can’t recall that we’ve ever had a post dedicated just to that topic.

This is that post. Let’s talk about prices, and some other somewhat related topics. Here are some bullet points for you to address (though I don’t have any real bullets, so I’m using —s, and if I did have bullets I wouldn’t waste them here, I’d use them on Michael Bay).

Here we go:

— What did you pay for the last movie you saw? Was it worth it?

— Did you pass up cheaper alternatives? (Matinees, etc.)

— What’s the most you’d be willing to pay for a movie ticket? (My top is probably $10.)

— How far from your home is your nearest theater? How many screens there?

— Assuming the answer to the previous involves a mall megaplex of some kind, how far is it to the nearest indie? (Fortunately for me, the second-run “always $5” place is about equidistant to the two 12-screens at the shopping complexes, which is to say about five miles.)

— The last movie you went to, did you buy snacks and/or beverages? What did you get? About how much did they cost? Were they worth it?

— Do you routinely sneak stuff in? (Last time I did that it was three airline bottles of JD that we poured into a large Coke we bought there; I think we did this for The Hangover, appropriately.)

— Any other price-related rants you want to get off your chest (or boobies, as the case may be).

We’re all about catharsis, people.


Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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