Moviegoers' eyes could pop at the price of popcorn

There are 20 comments on the May 23, 2008, WZZM Grand Rapids story titled Moviegoers' eyes could pop at the price of popcorn. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

With Friday's start to the summer movie season, get ready to laugh at the Get Smart cast, cry with the Sex and the City gals - and dig deeper into your pockets for the summer "popcorn movie" experience.

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Outdoor Lover

Spring Lake, MI

#2 May 23, 2008
Not popcorn!

OK this economic crisis has gone too far now!
Sam

Byron Center, MI

#3 May 23, 2008
Bring your own snacks to the show!!
FED UP

Milan, MI

#4 May 23, 2008
We went to the movies back in january. That was the first time we've been to a movie in 2 or 3 years. We were shocked at what it costs. We had to come up $10 over and above the $25 gift card we got from one of our kids for Christmas. That was $35 for 2 tickets, a bucket of popcorn, and 2 pops. Now I know why we haven't been to a movie in 2 or 3 years.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

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#5 May 23, 2008
Who can afford to go to the movies anymore? That was one of my last escapes, and now they've taken that too<<sob>>. The last few times I had popcorn at the movies... long, long ago, it was kinda nasty.
D from Muskegon

Lansing, MI

#6 May 23, 2008
That's why we have On-Demand on our tv. It's a whole lot cheaper than going to the movies. It doesn't bother me to have to wait an extra few weeks to get it on the tv.
Heck

Warren, MI

#7 May 23, 2008
Everything is going up in price, why not popcorn! I wonder when it will end, or even level off?
flylady500

Marion, MI

#8 May 23, 2008
While I whole-heartedly agree that this is horrible for everyone, I think I feel the most sorry for teens these days. Back in my early dating days (not THAT long ago) a boy could take me out for a fast food dinner and a movie for $20 max - including a treat at the theater! His parents might also ask for $5 to cover the gas for the car (we lived rurally so the nearest movie house was 20 miles away.

Today's teens would have to have at least twice that amount for the same activity! And if mom and dad ask for the gas to be paid for, it's another $10 on top of that.

It's too bad. Unfortunately, I don't see any of these costs coming down in my lifetime either. They may stagnate for a while, but I doubt they will ever decrease.:-(
Shamma-mom

Marshall, MI

#9 May 23, 2008
M-89 Theater in Otsego/Plainwell plays first-run movies just like the big theaters in Grand Rapids. Cost is $2.50 before 6 p.m., and $3.50 after 6 p.m. Concessions prices are half or less than half of what the big theaters in Grand Rapids charge.

If you're down that way, check it out. US-131 south to Plainwell/Otsego exit. Go west about half a mile. It's back in by Walmart.

We can still take our family of 5 for a movie, pop and popcorn for $30. Prince Caspian opened at the M-89 the same day it did at Studio 28. My sister-in-law paid $60 to take her family of 5, we paid $30.
Fed Up

Kenai, AK

#10 May 23, 2008
17 cents for a pound of popcorn the article said. Now I believe that would be a small bag of popcorn maybe less, and they are selling it for $3.50. But the guy says they cant absorb the cost??? When was the last time anyone besides the consumer absorbed costs? Give me a break popcorn at the movies has always been 1000 times more expensive than just buying it at the store. RIP OFF!!!

“Pets-at-Play”

Since: Apr 08

Grand Haven

#11 May 23, 2008
People can not afford to put gas in the car how the heck can they goto the movies ? The Grand in grand haven used to be .99 now its the grand haven 9 and it is 6.50 ((sad))
Melissa

Muskegon, MI

#12 May 23, 2008
A few months ago my husband and I took our 2 kids and we all went to the movies . First time in a long time that we had went . It cost us 30 dollars to get in . Then we bought 2 popcorn buckets and 4 pops . That came out to more than the price of tickets . We spent almost 70 dollars for a family of 4 to see the Bee movie . That is ridiculous if you ask me . We will never return to the Cinema Carousel again with those prices.
MKylie

Amelia Court House, VA

#13 May 23, 2008
AS IF concessions at the movies weren't already expensive enough??????
sick and tired

Lansing, MI

#14 May 23, 2008
I'll wait for them to come out on DVD and watch at home - movie tickets and snacks are way out of my budget now.
Rebekki

Grand Rapids, MI

#15 May 23, 2008
Raising concession prices?? I didn't think that was possible. At $4.25 for a pretzel, I thinkt hey're getting plenty their monies worth. If they want to keep customers buying their concessions, they had better not raise their prices too high. When I take my children to the movie they understand ahead of time that we are going to a movie and there will be no buying of pop or popcorn. They are fine with that and just enjoy watching the movie on the big screen.
Trish

United States

#16 May 23, 2008
The shows think they are lossing money,,so they hit us where it hurts at the stands,,popcorn is very cheep,,they get it by the big bags,,it cost about .20cts for a big bag,,we use to sell popcorn at school for .25 cts a bag and still made money on it and didnt hurt anyones pocket..JUST ANOTHER RIPOFF...KEEP GETTING GREEDY AND PEOPLE WILL RENT MOVIES AND ENJOY THEM AT THERE OWN HOMES,,WAY TO GO LOEKS!!!!OH AND LETS NOT FORGET THE BEER THER TRYING TO BRING IN FAMILY THEATERS,,TO BRING IN MORE MONEY!!!!!!!!
John

Rockford, MI

#17 May 23, 2008
Trish wrote:
The shows think they are lossing money,,so they hit us where it hurts at the stands,,popcorn is very cheep,,they get it by the big bags,,it cost about .20cts for a big bag,,we use to sell popcorn at school for .25 cts a bag and still made money on it and didnt hurt anyones pocket..JUST ANOTHER RIPOFF...KEEP GETTING GREEDY AND PEOPLE WILL RENT MOVIES AND ENJOY THEM AT THERE OWN HOMES,,WAY TO GO LOEKS!!!!OH AND LETS NOT FORGET THE BEER THER TRYING TO BRING IN FAMILY THEATERS,,TO BRING IN MORE MONEY!!!!!!!!
Totally agree, I mean hell go to the store and by the old fashioned kind of popcorn in the bag and pop it all up then start filling bowls and through 6 dollar stickers on it factor in price of butter and heck you can even add flavorings and you still will be coming away with a mega profit. I am soo sick of hearing these companies tell us what can we do but raise prices it is complete b.s.

RCE

“RCE”

Since: Jun 07

Grand Rapids

#18 May 23, 2008
It does seem weird to go to the movies and not get treats but who can afford it all. We have started going to the movies at the cheap theater at Woodland Mall. It's nice and clean and cheap.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

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#19 May 24, 2008
My friend who worked in a theatre for years as a teen told be that the movie theates don't make money on the tickets, they make money on the concessions. While this may be true, we still sneak in our own treats.
Gail in Wyoming

Wixom, MI

#20 May 24, 2008
I haven't been to a movie in a long time because of the cost. I feel sorry for young families. It's not inexpensive entertainment any more for them.

I will purchase movie tickets or packages for birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas gifts.
concerned taxpayer

Allendale, MI

#21 May 24, 2008
Everytime you go to a movie your helping to pay these "stars" 15 million. Go to a pro ballgame, your helping to pay those idiots multi-million dollar salaries. Why would anyone want to do that?

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