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Here's What Would Make Going to the Movies Worth the Money

Alicia Adamczyk, Gawker Media

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We've been hearing for a while that people just aren't going to the movies as much as they used to. For some, the reasons are obvious: It's almost prohibitively expensive in some cities, and when your only options are the latest superhero flick or a slightly older superhero flick , there's not a ton of appeal for a lot of audiences.

We asked you what would encourage you to go back after Bloomberg looked into declining ticket sales, and price and variety were indeed big factors. Add in annoying seatmates and decrepit theaters, and there doesn't seem to be a point in leaving your couch. And some of you, well, you just want someone to enjoy the movie with.

Here's what else you suggested.

The cost/value just doesn't add up, according to Snaabin , especially for a family. Lower your dang prices!

If my family going to see a movie is $60, and that's on poverty rations of no soda, popcorn, snacks, etc. and that $60 accrues 6 hours of entertainment I'm looking at $10/hour to enjoy my time. If I snatch up a new game the family wants, and my wife and I each throw 30 hours at it, and my daughter a solid 10, in the first month of owning it then we've shot under $1 an hour, and some games will provide plenty more hours over the course of their play times.

Many of you, including Koshka42 have had it with all of the commercials-especially when you're already paying over $10 per ticket.

Last week I went to see Last Jedi, supposed to start at 6:45. 'preshow' had been running for a half hour beforehand, which were essentially commercials. Then we got more commercials. Then finally some trailers - in the MIDDLE of which they dropped another commercial, a first for me.

What's worse than paying $8 for a 12-oz soda? Waiting 20 minutes for it because the concession stands are understaffed. Dizzlepants suggests a pager system.

The theater by me just upgraded some items. I went and ordered food from the new item offerings and they gave me a buzzer (like you get waiting for your table at a restaurant). I was then able to go pick out my seat and set my coat down and when my food was ready pop out real fast to grab it which was still during previews and perfect timing for the movie to start. A real game changer for my viewing experience.

Intermissions, as have been suggested here on Lifehacker before, would also make a lot of your viewing experiences better, says tsg , among many others.

Stop with the 3+ hour epic sagas with no intermission. I don't care how comfortable your seats are, I can't sit in one place for that long with no break.

As would reserved seating, as PoweredByRice explains.

For me, reserved seating is awesome. I did it for The Last Jedi and had reserved seats smack dab in the middle. I didn't have to show up hours before the showing. Everyone else had reserved seating too and I noticed that there was a much more relaxed vibe in the theater. People weren't all stressed out trying to find or save seats and were able to saunter into the show minutes before showtime.

One of the most common suggestions, by far, was having ushers or theater employees who actually kick people out for being obnoxious. Working on My Night Cheese sums it up nicely.

Alamo Drafthouse -style rules.

  1. No talking.
  2. No cell phones.
  3. No late admission.
  4. Break any of the above rules, and you're kicked out

And if you're charging $10 for tickets and $10 for a small popcorn, maybe have some sort of child drop-off center at the theater so parents don't have to spend an extra $50 on a babysitter, says LeftTexasChemist. That would also alleviate other viewers' pain when the babies start crying in the middle of the film.

Free childcare at the movies or a free babysitter. That's it. Cost of movie? Not an issue, because 3 hrs of babysitter time is 2x the cost of the movie tickets. Planning and then having the babysitter show up/available....determines if you're out your movie tickets or not. 

Claiborne Forrest Faulkner got creative, suggesting theaters offer throwback films and complimentary mixers for BYOB screenings.

Reserve one screen for throwback movies and use an app to let people in the area choose what to screen, for instance. To any big box theater execs reading- I would happily pay $20 for 21+ only BYOB screenings of Tarantino movies with complimentary ice/mixers.

Basically , you want every theater to be Alamo Drafthouse . If you've got more suggestions, leave 'em in the comments.

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