Going Out to a Movie? Catch the Matinee

by Justin Weinger on August 26, 2006

I really enjoy going to the movies; there’s just something about seeing a movie on the big screen that makes it a lot more enjoyable than watching it on my small TV in my basement.

Unfortunately, going to catch a show now costs $10 or more, depending on where you live.  If you ask me, that’s a lot of cash for a two hour flick and it’s making it harder to justify going to the theater to see average movies.

So, what can you do if you really want to go out to see a movie, yet still want to have enough money to cover your electric bill?

Go see a matinee.  The average matinee ticket is about 25% less than the full priced adult ticket, even though you’re seeing the exact same movie in a less crowded theater.

Let’s say you and your significant other go out every Friday night and see the latest blockbuster.  Based on a $10 ticket, over the course of a year, you’ll have paid $1,040 – not including snacks or drinks.

However, if you would have waited 12 hours and just gone to one of the Saturday matinee showings, you would have paid roughly $7.50 per ticket, or $780 for an entire year.  That’s a savings of $260 for seeing the exact same movie, just watching it at a different time.

If you ask me, that $260 is definitely worth waiting a couple of extra hours to see a movie.

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brian.carr September 8, 2006 at 4:03 pm

Wow, I’ve never heard of that, I’m sorry! It really blows my mind how much and how quickly the price of a movie ticket has gone up.

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