Tonight, we are hitting the cheap house to see World War Z. With the caveat, of course, that my energy doesn’t nosedive. But I think we’ll be okay.
Like most second-run movie theaters, this one has a discount night. As you may have guessed, it’s on Tuesday. So, instead of paying $3 each, we’ll be paying $1.50 each. Sold!
Funnily enough, we’ll actually pay more than if we saw a first-run movie. Thanks to holiday and birthday GCs, we wouldn’t have to pay a cent at AMC. Instead, we’ll pay $3 to get in… and about $12 for food. Yep, I’ve been spoiled and now can scarcely imagine a movie without popcorn. Stupid taste buds. So we’ll pay for a popcorn and drink. I’ve taken to getting a water cup to help alleviate some of the sting.
But there are times when cheap houses are in order. Sometimes a movie really needs to be seen on the big screen, but you miss it in the regular theaters. Really, the cheap houses aren’t much more than renting from Redbox.
Another nice thing: the lack of crowds. Most people have seen it, so you’re not going to be stuffed into a movie theater with 100 other people. Usually, you’ll get 20 at most.
I also find I’m far less irritated by other people at second-run theaters. I’ve paid so little, I’m just not as prone as indignation. I once saw The Emperor’s New Groove, and there was a kid in there that knew most of the lines. He proved that off and on throughout the movie, as his mom desperately tried to get him to stop. Me? I paid $2 and had brought my own Red Vines. Let the kid have at it!
So we’ll be off to see World War Z. Long-time readers will know that this is a pretty big step. I’ve already read the book. And I even caught the last couple episodes of Walking Dead Season 2… while it was still light out. And you can do things far more on your own terms when it’s Netflix.
Here, I’ll be sitting in a theater for the whole thing, and it’ll be dark when we get out. But I want to see it on the big screen — even bigger opportunity for desensitization — and the price is right. So… let there be popcorn!
Do you ever go to second-run theaters or do you wait for video?