Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Movie Theaters, The Films They Show and The Prices They Charge

People who read my Facebook account must know that I frequent the College Point Multiplex which is within walking distance of my home.  Since it opened in May 1999 we probably have gone there about 40 times a year for a total of about 700 visits.  Every time we go they add points to my account so I can get a free soda, free popcorn or free admission.  The only problem for me is that most movies they show appeal to a young audience.  I understand that they are trying to make a profit, but I wish 1 of their of their 12 screens be used for independent films.  The bargain matinee price (before 2 PM) and senior citizen price are $11.75.  On Tuesdays, everybody gets in for $8.50 while seniors pay $7.50 on Wednesday.  All too many times I walk out of that complex annoyed that I paid for a film that is just not for me, but it is so close to home.

Today I went to the AMC Bay Terrace which is a 10-minute drive away.  Most of the movies there are the same as the College Point Multiplex, but today I saw The Shape of Water.  The senior citizen price is $11.79.  I could have saved money by staying close to home, but I wanted to see that film which was nominated for several academy awards.  A few weeks ago I took a subway ride to the Kaufman Astoria complex to see the highly acclaimed The Darkest Hour.  This is another good film not shown at the College Point Multiplex.

My favorite theater is the Kew Gardens Cinemas that specializes in independent and foreign movies.  The only problem is that parking in that neighboorhood is bad.  Sunday is the best day to go there.  I think their standard price is $8.50.  A couple of times a year I go over there.

Now that I have more time, I'll have to travel to Manhattan to see movies not shown in Queens.

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