What is Up With the Cost of Movies Today?

I remember when going to the movies was affordable family entertainment.

Today I have a family of 5, and the closest theater is a “dine in” theater.

What this means in practical terms is that it typically costs us $150 to go to the movies. (YIKES)

Now I will say that I’ve never been a huge movie-goer. Ask me if I’ve seen something and I probably haven’t. The last 2 movies we saw in the theater were kids’ movies…Rio and Spy Kids (both in 3D). Before that, I couldn’t tell you the last movie I saw in a theater. Really.

So perhaps it’s because I haven’t been in a while that I’m experiencing such sticker shock.

John points out that it costs about the same as going to the boardwalk at the beach for a day. True. But it’s the FREAKIN BEACH. It’s all day entertainment, rides, and food. It’s supposed to cost more. We’re not talking about a couple of hours in a chair.

So maybe I’m the kind of person who DVDs were invented for.

Do you experience sticker shock from movies? Any tips for making them more affordable? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments.