At the Movies

It cost less than $1.00
for a movie, popcorn and soda
Movie + popcorn + soda
and if you arrived late, you could sit through
and watch the beginning of the next showing.

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Posted by chrisbroz at 1:37 pm (PDT) on Sun October 2, 2016   
Something like that (going in on a movie 'in progress') happened to me and my late brother, Tim in 1970...we went to Radio City to see the ORIGINAL 'Airport' (Dean Martin, Barry Nelson, Burt Lancaster) we got there  after the movie had begun, so we bought our tickets and expected to see the next showing and were hangin' in the lobby, waiting for the it to start when we were forced to go into the movie in mid flight (so to speak)...that really sucked becuse the ending would no longer be suspensefuul and we'd already missed half the show and wanted to see it from the beginning...The ending was worth sitting through one more time though, just to see both the reaction of the audience and the 'priest' slapping the panicking 'passenger'...since then I've seen it multiple times....kinda nostalgic for those pre-1970s hijack days when people were still basically respectful and mostly law-abiding - when you could get onto an aircraft without being practically strip searched and humiliated.
Posted by CJ at 11:13 am (PDT) on Sun October 2, 2016   
@Duff - Sadly, for thelongest time snack prices are inversely proportional to ticket prices. I haven't been to a theater in ages. I find it is cheaper to buy a DVD, make my own popcorn with REAL butter than getting dressed, gas & traffic to and from and outragous cost of tickets and snacks. Plus the added bonus of being able to watch it in peace.

@LoyalTubist - I too remember being able to watch multiple showings of the movies. 
Posted by LoyalTubist at 12:29 pm (PDT) on Fri September 23, 2016   
Even as late as the mid 1960s you could get two features (A and B features at a walk-in; two A features at a drive-in), cartoon, maybe a newsreel, and more. If you got in late for one feature, you'd sit through everything and watched the one you only saw in part all the way through.
Posted by sandrak320 at 11:35 pm (PDT) on Sun July 24, 2016   
I loved going to the on-post theater in the early 70s. Cost about 50-75 cents for a ticket and a paper lunch sack of popcorn cost 10 cents, 15 cents if you wanted extra butter. There would be a soda machine in the lobby, but drinks were not allowed in the theater. First showing of the day, they would play the national anthem and everyone was expected to stand.
Posted by Duff at 12:35 pm (PST) on Fri November 30, 2012   
My wife and I saw Lincoln the other day.  The (senior) tickets cost us $7.50 apiece, and the small popcorn and medium soda I got cost $10.25. The price of snacks and drinks at the movies is ridiculous, and I suppose that's always been the case. I sometimes wonder whether the theaters would do even better by dropping the ticket price to $1.00 or $0.15; they'd attract tons more moviegoers, who'd buy more snacks...

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