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Old 07-23-2011, 08:59 AM
 
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I don't know any GROWN-UPS that movie hop. YES, it is wrong and I think we all know that.

Sheesh.

YES, when I was a teen-ager, I paid for one movie (rated PG) and sneaked into anther movie (rated R) and quickly learned my lesson. It was rated R for violence (of course, we were looking for s e x) and when the blood started spurting - we got out of there.

It was the one and only time I've ever done that and I was well aware that it was WRONG.

I can't imagine where you live that parents would actually encourage this.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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Parents hier in South California are very fine with that.They encourage this and do it themselves!!!.
I don't know one single SoCal parent who is fine with it. And I don't know any who encourage their children to do it. None.

It's stealing. I'm assuming you don't know anyone employed in the industry because just mentioning this to them would get you a 20 minute lecture on ethics and economics.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Yawn. Another post from this poster about how awful American parents are compared to European parents. I don't know any parents that would encourage this behavior, although I'm sure there are some who do - I just doubt the US has cornered the bad parenting market.
Good point MM.
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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No American parents I know encourage this behavior. I cannot imagine who the OP has been talking to.
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Old 07-23-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If I were a theater owner, I wouldn't care. I get the ten bucks at the boxoffice, and it's OK with me if the ticket holder occupies an otherwise-empty seat at a couple of extra screenings. My cost of showing the pictures is fixed, and the only difference is how many people gave me their ten bucks.

If I hired personnel to crack down, I'd lose money just by paying their salary. How many movie hoppers can there be, with enough free time to spend 6 hours in my cineplex? Plus, I'd lose the ten bucks from the people who discover that that they can't movie hop at my cinema, and go somewhere else.

In fact, I'd publicly advertise that my tickets are good for the whole day, and people can movie hop all they want. Or specify a couple of slow days a week a screen-hopper days. Just get them inside the building, grab their ten bucks, and I make money. For certain highly popular features, I'd just specify "reserved seating only, all-day tickets not honored".
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Old 07-23-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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If I were a theater owner, I wouldn't care.
That's fine if you're a theater owner. You can always charge more for popcorn. (Which is what they do to make money on $5.00 early bird admissions.)

Not so much for someone who is on the crew. Or a shareholder in a studio/production company.

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Old 07-23-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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If I were a theater owner, I wouldn't care. I get the ten bucks at the boxoffice, and it's OK with me if the ticket holder occupies an otherwise-empty seat at a couple of extra screenings. My cost of showing the pictures is fixed, and the only difference is how many people gave me their ten bucks.

If I hired personnel to crack down, I'd lose money just by paying their salary. How many movie hoppers can there be, with enough free time to spend 6 hours in my cineplex? Plus, I'd lose the ten bucks from the people who discover that that they can't movie hop at my cinema, and go somewhere else.

In fact, I'd publicly advertise that my tickets are good for the whole day, and people can movie hop all they want. Or specify a couple of slow days a week a screen-hopper days. Just get them inside the building, grab their ten bucks, and I make money. For certain highly popular features, I'd just specify "reserved seating only, all-day tickets not honored".

We don't movie hop, but I kinda agree with this.

Dew, can you explain how it affects that shareholder in the movie? I am really curious. It seems to me that the money is made per *screening* of the film.

If you have a theater with 300 seats, and only sell 150 tickets to the 7:30 showing, does anyone really lose money if 10 people who saw a different movie at 5:00 sit in the empty seats for the 7:30 show? Those seats didn't sell anyway.

I really am curious, here.

And WHAT IF those 10 people bought more popcorn before hopping into the 7:30 show?
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:19 PM
 
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Yeah, well, maybe if movie tickets weren't ridiculous expensive, less people would feel inclined to movie hop.
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:24 PM
 
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Yeah, well, maybe if movie tickets weren't ridiculous expensive, less people would feel inclined to movie hop.
Well I suppose we could apply that logic to anything then we feel is too expensive, and so we have the right to steal - how about gas?

If it's too expensive and you can't afford it, then don't go. Good grief.
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:34 PM
 
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If I were a theater owner, I wouldn't care. I get the ten bucks at the boxoffice, and it's OK with me if the ticket holder occupies an otherwise-empty seat at a couple of extra screenings. My cost of showing the pictures is fixed, and the only difference is how many people gave me their ten bucks.

If I hired personnel to crack down, I'd lose money just by paying their salary. How many movie hoppers can there be, with enough free time to spend 6 hours in my cineplex? Plus, I'd lose the ten bucks from the people who discover that that they can't movie hop at my cinema, and go somewhere else.

In fact, I'd publicly advertise that my tickets are good for the whole day, and people can movie hop all they want. Or specify a couple of slow days a week a screen-hopper days. Just get them inside the building, grab their ten bucks, and I make money. For certain highly popular features, I'd just specify "reserved seating only, all-day tickets not honored".
I don't movie hop because I think it's unethical, but I have a fuzzy time figuring out why because I do agree with the above. If 50 people buy tickets for a movie and there are 20 empty seats left over, it doesn't cost the theater owner anything extra if five more people use the empty seats. It's unfair to the people who did pay--I can see that--but it's not like sneaking onto a bus or helping yourself to the salad bar because the plates are right there. It's not as black and white for me, but it would feel wrong enough for me not to do it.

I like the idea of all-day movie passes, but they'd probably be cost-prohibitive to the ordinary consumer who just wants one movie.
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