Do They Want Us to Stay Home?

7 September 2007

Twelve dollars.

That’s what going to a movie costs in Toronto. At least, that’s what the theatre we went to last night charges (okay, $11.95) for a ticket. Matinees, too—it’s all the same price. And it’s obscene.

For that price, there should be complimentary popcorn. No pre-show commercials. And non-sticky floors.

And how about soundproof capsules in which to place talkers?

Katharine and I have not been out to a movie since maybe 2005. (What the hell happened to my precise record-keeping?) She gets movies on DVD through one of those mail rental services, so we’ve seen a lot in the living room, but I miss the size, the sound, and the overall experience of a nice theatre. She has her reasons for preferring home viewing; mine is budget. And damn, has my reason been justified.

So last night, armed with a 2-for-1 coupon, we caught up with the cinematic Harry Potter. A couple dozen people in the audience, including ten or so remarkably well-behaved teenagers scattered about. But one little girl, maybe 6 or 7, was the source of non-stop prattle. {sigh} Get the capsule.

The movie itself was okay.

On a related note, the Toronto International Film Festival started yesterday. Very prestigious, lots of celebrities in town, and intriguing entries. You don’t want to know prices for tickets.


One comment

  1. New York was pretty bad when I was there this summer, and seeing as how I’m dating a girl who lives in London, I think they may even be a bit worse off than you Canadians. I think it’s £8 or more, which is around $16.

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