by Candace Salima, a regular contributor to US Daily Review
America’s escape from the world is found in a darkened movie theater with stories playing out on a huge movie screen. So it naturally follows that US Daily Review is launching a movie review section of the newspaper.
Let’s face facts though, going to the movies is an expensive proposition. Ticket prices range from $1.50 (dollar movie) to $20.00, depending on the occasion, with an 8% jump predicted by those in industry. Source
If you’re fond of the snacks, as my husband and I are, you’re easily looking at another $20.00. So an average night at the movies, which used to be affordable, is now out-of-reach for many. So what is the solution?
I, for one, am unwilling to give up going to the movies. So I have a few solutions for the movie-loving public who are feeling the economic pinch in one of America’s favorite pastimes.
Early Bird: If you go to the first matinee of the day, especially during the weekday, you get an early bird price which varies anywhere from $3 to $6. This helps to defray the ticket cost. I’m afraid nothing defrays the snacks cost. Although, there is a movie theater in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Water Garden Cinemas, where you can get 2 tickets to a second-run movie, a large popcorn and two large drinks for $12. So you might want to see if you have a similar theater in your own area.
Home Movie Library: A home movie library can save huge amounts of money. Meaning, in times of severe economic constraint, you can go to your own movie library, choose something fun to watch, pop some popcorn, make some cookies, get some drinks and have a fun evening at home with very little cost. My husband and I have a home movie library of nearly 300 movies, and we add to it with new releases when we have a little extra money. So this is a viable option instead of going out and spending an exorbitant amount of money for two hours of entertainment.
Seriously, there is nothing like snuggling in with some yummy food, an easily refillable drink without paying through the nose, the bathroom right upstairs instead of down the long hall–turn right and keep walking, and Thor playing on the big screen television. Cost? Maybe $5-$10 and that’s the entertainment cost for the entire family. Not to mention, and young parents will appreciate this, if the little one needs to go to the bathroom, you just send them on their way. No need to miss part of the movie to escort them. So all in all – a home movie library is superior in many ways.
Netflix: Although Netflix has managed to annoy most of its customer base, it is still a viable, affordable option. For $7.99 a month, you are able to stream an unlimited number of movies and television shows right to your computer or television. Although, Amazon and Apple are making inroads into that niche, and the opportunities for the consumer, that’s you, are expanding.
So those are just a few money-saving ideas I’ve implemented in my own life. But for the purposes of US Daily Review and our Movie Corner, I’ll be reviewing a movie for you every Saturday morning.