Friday, May 28, 2004

Now playing: $10 movie

This report from the May 20, 2004 San Jose Mercury (also know that these are some of the smallest screens in the South Bay) is why I will NOT go to see movies at AMC-Mercado in Santa Clara.


By Bruce Newman and Nerissa Pacio
Mercury News

She had come to ``Troy'' to see the face that launched a thousand ships, but now Judith Gray was being asked to launch $10 from her pocketbook into the box office. And she wasn't happy about it.

``I just paid $10 and was totally shocked,'' said Gray outside the AMC Mercado 20. ``It's a totally unreasonable price.''

The $10 movie ticket has arrived in the South Bay, and even though it's only a 50-cent increase, the breaking of the threshold holds a symbolic importance to people -- like the Dow Jones average breaking 10,000 for the first time.

Several large movie houses in New York already charge $10.50, but the top prices in Los Angeles and San Francisco are no higher than most in the South Bay. The Century 20 Great Mall still charges $9.50, and the Capital 16 is $9.25. But the management of Century Theatres, one of the area's dominant chains, declined to comment on when or if it might raise ticket prices.

Jack NyBlom, co-owner of the Cameras, where the top ticket price is $9, believes ``people tend to go to the theater closest to them,'' regardless of price. That may be less true of teenagers, however, who gravitate toward giant shopping complexes.

``Most teenagers go to the movies to socialize, not to really see the movie,'' says Whitney Leonard, 15, of Saratoga. ``So if it's that expensive now, we might as well have our friends over at our house and rent something.''

With revenues from video far exceeding what movies make at the box office, that remains a threat to which chains such as AMC, which is based in Kansas City, must be sensitive.

``We are clearly the most affordable out-of-home entertainment option,'' said AMC spokesman Rick King, ``much more so than sporting events, concerts and live theater events. By those standards, we continue to offer a very, very good value. But . . . we will continually monitor the price-value equation and pay close attention to our guests' behavior and feedback.''

Whether that feedback translates into anything more than grumbling in the ticket lines remains to be seen. In New York City in the late 1980s, then-mayor Ed Koch tried -- unsuccessfully -- to organize a boycott of movie theaters when ticket prices rose from $6 to $7. But it's hard to imagine that, with prices at the gas pump rolling over like a slot machine, a 50-cent increase is going to stop anybody from going to see Brad Pitt in a toga.

Monday, May 24, 2004

As long as we are on the topic of music - could an LP (Long Playing Record) with postcards inside be considered a double anachronism?

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Eric Idle presents... The FCC Song.
"Here’s a little song I wrote the other day while I was out duck hunting with a judge… It’s a new song, it’s dedicated to the FCC and if they broadcast it, it will cost a quarter of a million dollars."

Monday, May 17, 2004

My newest addiction:! The ad music weblog!

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Science Songs! Including the original version of TMBG's cover: "Why Does The Sun Shine".
Hitchhiker's Guide Movie gets a blog.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

When it rains in Paris, the cats go indoors. See.

Monday, May 10, 2004

One man cleans out his junk drawer and lists what he finds therein. Better to write about it than sell it all at auction, IMO.

I may be cheap but I guess deep down I am a sentimental Bastard as well.

Friday, May 07, 2004

NBC Owes Me 60-odd minutes of My Life Back

My opinion: Friends final episode was about as lame as the last season or so. Obviously if you liked the last season you probably liked this.



I stopped watching 3 years ago because all they ever had were stories of Control freak Monica, Yelling/Fretting Ross, and the goofy Next Door Neighbor parts for Joey and Phoebe and yet there they still were.

And what happened to the commercials? I thought they would be better what with how much they must have cost to show. Only thing I remember was the beer one with the laser-eyed girl and some movie with AnIncrediblyLongNameForAUrlThatIDon' telling me I can see a trailer on the net - Movie Trailers on the Web? How novel!

OK - end of rant.

Good news: NBC is free.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Great photo of an iPod and Bears here.
Is it just me or is the whole cast of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy becoming too overexposed?

Another thing: I am so thankful of NBC's Friends ending, if only for the reason it will stop the never ending promos for it.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

I am both attracted to and appaled by the concept of a Pia Zadora Jacket.
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