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Canberra cinemas?

By johnboy 10 April 2007 50

On Thursday I went to see “300” at Hoyts Belconnen (apart from tying the psychopathic homosexual Spartans to the agendas of right wing America it was entertaining enough).

No box office and the concession stand which was selling tickets was not properly opened (only the one tap head serving drinks meaning the whole process was painfully slow).

It got me thinking… Are there any decent points to be found in Canberra cinemas?

Let’s leave aside the new but rapidly crumbling Dendy. Is there anything good to be said about the cinema experience in this town?

Or is it time to settle down on the couch with my properly balanced surround sound and watch what comes off the torrents with a beer from the fridge?

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ant 11:17 am 11 Apr 07

I can’t stand being in a cinema, due to the horrible behaviour of people. Some take their shoes off! Stinko. Or they bring their kids and as always are oblivious to the racket they make. Or (as someone else mentioned) they air their horrible lack of table manners while feeding.

It’s a shame, as some films are made for teh big screen (Out of Africa, Blade Runner, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago to name a few), but they are still enjoyable on one’s home theatre setup.

johnboy 10:11 am 11 Apr 07

Plenty of quality cinemas in North Sydney (serving plenty of quality money I guess)

simbo 7:23 am 11 Apr 07

To go back to a much earlier point – No, Bonfire, Greater Union Civic is about as much a pit as it ever was. The difference is, they’ve compensated for the quality differential with Dendy (and despite the many complaints about Dendy, Dendy at least understands that a cinema with raked seating is a good thing if you want your patrons to, you know, actually see the screen), to compete Greater Union Civic has done the “cut the ticket price” thing.

Having said that, the cinema problems are Australia-wide on this one – it isn’t a canberra-specific problem.

stan_bowles 10:21 pm 10 Apr 07

Yeah I used to churn about 300 decidedly dodgy quality choc tops in one day, and I was considered slow.

I thought Candy bar prices were insane until I went to Cirque de Soleil and paid $17 for popcorn and two cokes. Now thats a markup.

jacross 9:30 pm 10 Apr 07

Even counting in the wages we got, it doesnt cost that much. We used to bang out a bucketload (literally) of choc tops in no time. That said it was a great day when Hoyts decided to start ordering them in, Ice Cream in general is an extremely annoying commodity to dish out.

In regards to candy bar prices, of course they are a rip off and of course you don’t have to buy them. That’s the beauty of voluntary agreements, they are voluntary. When people complained I used to tell them exactly that. It’s surprising I didn’t get into trouble more often than I did, probably because I mentioned to the customer that I did the exact same thing as I was advocating. Come to think of it, expressing a libertarian political philosophy and the virtues of freedom of choice wasn’t the best idea for a young teen who needed the job he was risking with his mouth.

emd 9:10 pm 10 Apr 07

West_Kambah’s right, cinema is a totally different experience to home viewing. This is why some movies are “worth watching on the big screen” while others are “wait for DVD” – and it’s not just the quality of the acting. Some special effects are designed for the big screen (and nobody has a screen that big at home!) and some plot devices also work differently when you’re in the cinema. Anyone remember walking out after Once Were Warriors and noticing that NOBODY was talking?

AD: TiVO. ’nuff said.

I loved ANU Film Group. I got to see lots of relatively recent releases on the cheap, but I also got the opportunity to see great movies that I wouldn’t normally have paid money for in a cinema, and I got to see classics on the big screen. And the kiosk was good. And the seats gave me nostalgia for the crappy seats at the old Woden Cosmo.

stan_bowles 5:51 pm 10 Apr 07

“One wonders if the reverse might also hold true – reducing the ticket price might increase the number of patrons (thus increasing their take from the candy bar into the bargain)?”

A small number paying high prices is preferable to a large number paying lower prices. More customers raises your outgoing costs: More customers equals more staff needed, more cleaners, more damage to cinemas etc

Plus the kind of people who would be attracted by cheaper tickets are not the kind of people who would pay exorbitant candy bar prices.

johnboy 5:25 pm 10 Apr 07

The first wave of home cinema, the VHS actually revived the movies by getting people watching them again and then anticipating the release.

But underpaid projectionists the world over means that the pirate copies are getting stupidly good as captured from the projection booth.

Vader 5:21 pm 10 Apr 07

There are some interesting stats on cinema patronage in today’s SMH.

According to that article, between 2002 & 2006 patronage has dropped by 10 million cinema visits (92.5M tickets down to 82.6M). However, the price rise on those tickets has more than compensated – going up from $845M to $866M.

So, they balance the reduced number of patrons by increasing the price of the tickets.

One wonders if the reverse might also hold true – reducing the ticket price might increase the number of patrons (thus increasing their take from the candy bar into the bargain)? Maybe not, as the DVD and home surround sound system seems to have taken hold.

Genie 4:51 pm 10 Apr 07

VY – i remember paying $2 for a nights accomadation and food in Bangkok, i think you were ripped off!! 🙂

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