Yesterday my Dad took me to the movie Julie & Julia. I seriously can't even remember the last movie for "grown ups" I went to at the movie theater. The last kid movie I saw at the actual movie theater was "Cars". It's just so crazy expensive. We don't even do the Netflix or Redbox thing. We just borrow movies from the library for free. Yeah, we're like 3 years behind on current movies, but neither I nor DH are losing any sleep over it.
Anyway, we went to a matinee, so it was "only" $6.50 each. The movie was GREAT, so I don't feel so bad about the admission price (which my Dad paid anyway, THANKS DAD!) but the concessions. OMG. Ok, I totally know that's "how they make their money", but I kinda just stood there stunned, looking at the prices. I think I blacked out for a bit, but I can remember that a large popcorn was EIGHT DOLLARS. A liter size bottle of water was FOUR FIFTY. Luckily, my Dad has a "card" for the movie theater, so he actually got a free small popcorn, which he could "upgrade" to a medium for $1.00, so we shared a medium popcorn and a liter of water for a total of $5.50, which turned out to be not SO bad. So, the total for the two of us, with the cheaper matinee prices, plus a free sm. popcorn upgraded to a med. for a $1.00 and a liter of water was $18.50. Which I guess in the scheme of life isn't TOO bad, but HOW ON EARTH COULD A FAMILY OF FOUR GO IN THE EVENING TO SEE A MOVIE AND HAVE SNACKS AND DRINKS WITHOUT TAKING OUT A SECOND MORTGAGE? In this economy how are people affording to go to the movies? I can't believe I have not heard of any movie theaters going out of business!
I am more thankful than ever to be able to borrow movies for free from the library and eat our own 50 cent industrial products sized bag of microwave popcorn at home!!!
Anyway, it WAS a GREAT movie. If you don't know the plot, it's about a young writer who starts a blog and decides to cook her way through Julia Child's 700+ page cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". It was particularly interesting as a blogger myself. Meryl Streep plays Julia Child and she is perfect. As if I wasn't already feeling inspired to cook lately, now I REALLY am in the mood.
Do you guys go to the movies? Do you have any tricks to save money? Are you as aghast at the prices as me, or am I totally out of touch with reality?