As ticket prices have risen rapidly in recent years, many people have begun to forgo seeing movies at the local theater. At $9 for a ticket and $6 for a small popcorn, waiting to rent the movie for $1 from Redbox seems to be a sensible solution. While my family certainly spends our fair share on movie rentals, I find something really special about going to the theater.
Here are a few reasons why you can occasionally justify the exorbitant cost of going to the theater:
When the weather’s cold or spring-time blustery, it's nice to just get out of the house and do something. Most movie houses have several show times, so families with kids can often find a showing that’s convenient to their schedule.
Remember what it was like to walk into the theater as a kid: the smell of popcorn, the huge poster displays, the loud reverberating speakers that sounds like distant thunder- there’s just a fun quality to it. Sure, you're probably pretty excited about the film you're about to see, but just the environment of a movie theater is electric: the chatter, the pieces of popcorn sailing through the air, the big chairs (and even bigger screens). It’s an experience for all the senses.
It's a conversation starter.
Whether you’re on a date or there as a family, there's a reason dinner and a movie is considered a classic go-to. Having the movie to discuss during dinner is an easy way generate great conversation.
It's cool to be a part of something.
There's something special about being in a room full of strangers who are just as excited to be there. They'll clap, they'll hoot, they'll holler -- and it'll all be part of the fun.
Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself.
Yep, it's overpriced. Yep, you probably shouldn't be spending all this money on 90 minutes. But sometimes, you just need to spend the money, enjoy yourself, and make some memories in the process.