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George Clooney Better Be Serving Me Sushi for This Movie Price

OK that might be a little extreme, but seriously: $35 for a movie ticket? According to Variety, a group of investors are looking to attract an older, more upscale audience to the movies by building luxury theater complexes in suburbs across America. For $35 a ticket, moviegoers will be treated to "reclining armchair seats with footrests, digital projection and the capability to screen 2-D and 3-D movies, as well as a lounge and bar serving cocktails and appetizers, a concierge service and valet parking."

I know what you're thinking, "Buzz, that's all fine and good, but for that price the food and stuff must be included, right?" Wrong. Any food ordered — from traditional movie snacks to the made-to-order meals, like sushi — will cost extra.

I like movies as the cheap(ish) and easy date versus a night at the opera, you know? What about you? Would you pony up $35 for a first-class movie experience? To check out some of the things I'd want to get for that ticket price,


  • Not just any "reclining chair with footrest," but a super plush, luxurious Lazy Boy, and maybe an afghan.
  • All-you-can-eat buffet or something. I'm talking refillable soda machine within arm's distance from where I'm sitting and at least three hot dogs.
  • A pedicure.
  • Massage by handsome Sawyer lookalike.


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Allytta Allytta 9 years
what's the effing big deal? in some countries it already costs this much. and you americans are always proud of you economy, so lets see it.
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
I loove movies, but I think this is beyond ridiculous. Sure, if I got a free sushi meal or some drinks included in that price, but no way would I pay that much for just a movie and a seat with a cushion. I hate when people are rude in movie theaters too, but I doubt you're going to avoid rude people anywhere, even at a place like this. If you want to avoid them, don't go on a busy opening weekend, go on a Tuesday night when everyone is at home watching American Idol! :)
ALSW ALSW 9 years
$25 and include some food in it and maybe...
syako syako 9 years
classist? are you kidding? Try capitalism. Free Enterprise.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Not a chance, I could buy the movie and popcorn for that price!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
^ I meant "disrespectful" not disrepectful. geez, my spelling is off tonight,lol.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I might pay that price to get some luxury. I hate it when people are so disrepectful in normal theaters (kicking my seat, yelling and waving their arms in the arm for no reason!) I would treat myself & friend to a $35 per person night out (although this wouldn't be a usual deal! I don't make that type of cash!lol.)
nextjen nextjen 9 years
I live in Qatar - the little oil-rich country in the Middle East - and they have had these for a while. I have never gone, although I would like to, just once. Many of the nationals living here are used to having the star treatment and would definitely prefer to have cushier seating.
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
I would go at least once just to see what it was like. I think it would be fabulous to sit in a cushy sofa and drink wine while watching a movie on the big screen. I wouldn't do it every week though, or even every month. Just for those special movies. :)
javsmav javsmav 9 years
my boyfriend & I were out shopping in the suburbs once when we decided to go to a movie. We thought it would be cheaper than downtown where we'd have to pay for parking. So we find the nearest theater & go there, but it ended up being one of these. We were going to see Sweeney Todd--um, who wants to eat dinner while watching SWEENEY TODD?!? I didn't even want to see the movie to begin with & no way was I paying that much for it, so we found a different theater. I did have the same idea as I love Jake G--I think it would be great to go see SATC in one of these theaters & drink a cosmo.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 9 years
$11.75 is enough for me, thanks. Movie chairs are already pretty large and comfortable, and in Manhattan I've only been to one movie where there was obnoxious talking. Someone was explaining everything in Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day to her friend. I figured if the details of Miss Pettigrew were too hard for her to understand she might need her friend's help. For thirty five dollars I could get a student ticket to the opera and a glass of champagne.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
my FAVORITE movie theater is MUVICO and they have the premier level in the one in Boca Raton FL which is close toe $20 a ticket, but it's well worth it. plush love seat type chairs, and you have to be 21 to get up to that level, so it's more mature and a much more pleasurable experience.
AliCat889 AliCat889 9 years
Great, classist entertainment! Keep those dirty poor people out of our movie theaters! Completely ridiculous.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
$35 is ridiculous. I think they will need to lower the price to be more competitive. For example, The Landmark theater here in Los Angeles is more upscale than a normal theater but only costs $12 a ticket. They have a wine bar, free parking, healthy food choices, digital projection, etc. Plus the large theaters have reclining leather seats, and the smaller ones have leather sofas with tables ( I saw Charlie Bartlett in one of those theaters and it was fabulous- like being at home but with a bigger screen and better sound!
Taadie Taadie 9 years
i love movies and i would be exactly the kind of person to shell out money for this...if at least one form of food (fancy appetizer, salad, nachos, something) valet and one drink were included. i would treat myself to that experience every couple months but you have to have to have to include food. popcorn is not expensive and you can buy a handle of cheap vodka for $10 so they need to rethink this one.
syako syako 9 years
asilgrif- it's not that "upscale" people are so much nicer or cleaner, it's just that when you shell out $30 for a movie, you're going to most likely be really interested in seeing the movie - not to spend friday night at the movie theater with your posse talking incessantly on cell phones. It weeds out the teeny boppers and the people just killing time and seeing movies they're not really interested in and therefore feel no regrets talking to their friend the whole time.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
$35, and I bet the bathrooms are still disgusting.
advo advo 9 years
So what? A ticket cost approx. $20 here in Denmark for a normal, no-nonsense movie ticket anyways. And trust me, NOTHING is included in that price. No comfy couch, still same annoying phone-speaking people and certainly no drinks or snacks.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I hope we get one here. I would prefer to watch movies in my own home, but there are some movies I just don't want to wait to see. Also, the Disney 3D movies are kind of cool. However, I can't stand typical cinema-goers, and the icky who-knows-who-has-sat-here-before-me seats. Not that it will make much of a difference because it's $35 so it's not like they're catering to only the very wealthy. I like the idea of fewer people because it means there's less of a chance to be around someone who makes me want to leave.
spitfire2 spitfire2 9 years
Does anyone know how to make sushi?
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
35 dollars? That's too much, especially when food isn't included. And I hope this is for movies that are actually good. It's even worse if you spend more and the movie isn't even worth seeing. And also if I have to pay that and it includes food I would want something healthier and nicer than the typical food choices.
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
I live in South Florida ... what theater are you talking about?
katie_c katie_c 9 years
the idea is good but the price needs to be more reasonable.
mlen mlen 9 years
i'd require a comfy couch, free snacks, valet, and maybe one drink include. then i could be tempted- but only for a big or good movie. like i like the SATC idea above- if they gave me a couch and a free cosmo and some snacks- then i'd totally do that!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
**$2 for parking...I wish popcorn were that cheap :-P
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