6 in 10 Americans Rarely (or Never) Go to the Movies: Do You Go Regularly?

Living 2012/02/20 01:13:27
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According to a recent poll, the majority of Americans no longer go to the movies on a regular basis. What about you SodaHeads?

Harris Interactive (on behalf of CouponCabin) set out to measure consumer interest in hitting the local cinema. According to their survey, 61% of adults said that they rarely or never go out to the movies. Of those who do attend, 55% said that they go to see films less often than they did before the recession.

It would be easy to blame the bad economy alone. However, The National Association of Theatre Owners explained that “movie theaters do especially well during economic downturns.” In fact, during six of the last eight recessions, box office sales actually increased. Interestingly, movie attendance (like lipstick) has often been one of those affordable splurges that people indulge in during economic downturns.

But this time around, things are different. Maybe it’s because movie tickets are no longer considered affordable (especially for 3D movies). Or perhaps, it’s the mediocre quality of recent films. Or, it might be that movie theaters have a hard time competing with services like Netflix and Redbox.

Now, we’re curious to hear about your cinema habits. Do you regularly go to the movies?

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  • BlackwinterG36C 2012/02/20 03:30:12 (edited)
    I only go like once every 2 or 3 months. I reasearch the movie I go to see. WHY?!?!?!
    Because it costs like $10 a movie ticket!!! $12-$13 for 3D!!!! And I want popcorn and a soda, so thats like $20 something dollers!!!! I was SO pissed last time I went to a movie theater. $8 for popcorn!!!!! BULLSH**!!!! For $8 that popcorn better dance and sing!!!!

    A movie has to be worth like $20 dollers to see, because thats how much the whole trip costs!!!!

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  • leigh 2012/03/14 12:54:19
    Expensive. We rather drink and have fun outside. :)
  • wallygator64 2012/03/04 16:44:08
    The last movie I went to was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • Anna E 2012/03/04 00:36:05
    Anna E
    I'll pass. If I watch a movie, I'd prefer to watch in comfort, without people yakking through it, and when I can stop it when I want a drink or something.
  • LQ~phaet 2012/02/29 17:44:14
    It's more expensive than going out to dinner and then home to watch a film. No quality for the buck.
  • kick2head 2012/02/29 03:49:12
    I eat before I go to the movies, I go the the matinee (before 6PM) that is $7.50 and I receive a military discount of $3.00 which means I only pay $4.50 to watch a movie. I walk right past the concession stand and I only drink water from the water fountain.

    I actually get a lot of complimentary movie vouchers, from sites like Fandango, from my distributors and suppliers, that I use to pay for my family's admission.
  • apollo8 2012/02/28 06:17:02
    i want to but don't have the $....that goes to bills and taxes
  • wtxwoman 2012/02/27 03:47:30
    I haven't went to a theater in 20 years.
  • Get Bashed 2012/02/26 11:43:37
    Get Bashed
    We used to, but our children are different ages so it makes it hard to come to a decision on what to watch. Now we order movies at home to have our family nights!
  • juicebox07 2012/02/25 18:43:18
    I only go if it's a movie that I really want to see.
  • Andrew 2012/02/25 06:09:31
    Only if it is something that I think is worth seeing.
  • Jackal 2012/02/24 05:40:05
    It is part of what I want to do with my life... making movies...
  • Nika 2012/02/22 03:45:40
    Hardly ever in fact. And the movie has to be pretty frickin special for me to go to the theaters and pay $10.
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2012/02/22 03:38:51
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    Most of the movies today are crap.
  • kcandi 2012/02/21 22:48:12
    I'm more of a reader than a movie watcher and when I do I prefer to be all snuggled in at home.
  • Jesus Freak and proud of it 2012/02/21 20:35:51
    Jesus Freak and proud of it
    I only ever went when a new Harry Potter was out, so now I don't have much reason to go
  • Brandy 2012/02/21 20:35:06
    maybe 2wice a year cost too much
  • wow-really 2012/02/21 18:26:18
    It costs too dang much...By the time I pay for the 4 of us to go, I could have bought a weeks worth of groceries.. Seriously.. Last time we took the family to the movies we spent almost $80.00.. Now that's ridiculus.
    We now go once in a while if we get a gift card... that's the only way i can afford it..
    I'd rather watch a movie at home anyways...

    family watching a movie on couch
  • v i o l e t 2012/02/21 18:24:58
    v i o l e t
    Love movies but no. I prefer watching at home for various reasons. I can watch it at my own time and pace. Some theaters I wouldn't want to go to. It could be costly. I could just by the dvd and watch it over and over.
  • rightside 2012/02/21 18:17:53
    Yes and No
    I go when there is, what I think, a good movie on. I feel like its going to the casinos. Its a gamble. I try to stick with stars that I feel do good movies, but sometimes they don't.
    Love going to movies with friends, we always do lunch too. More of a social thing.
  • I Wish I Were A Skywalker..... 2012/02/21 17:44:20
    I Wish I Were A Skywalker... ~ In Television I Trust
    But if I lived in the US I wouldn't either. It's incredibly expensive there and so is the food. In Vienna, however, it's about five euro for a ticket to a 3D film, and then three euro for a popcorn and drink. That's hardly going to break my piggy bank.
  • Jesus F... I Wish ... 2012/02/21 20:39:06
    Jesus Freak and proud of it
    Yeah it's about $8 USD here, not including tax, just to get in. Add popcorn, drink and possibly candy it can get super expensive
  • clasact 2012/02/21 17:35:07
    go to the movies no not unless it a date or something..Its to expensive first of all and secone who knows who or what will sit next to you.Awhile ago my sister took me for my birthday the guy next to me took his shoes off ,I should have put my foot in his ass.Rather stay in the comfort of my own home and see it on DVD
  • Shonny 2012/02/21 17:19:05
    I haven't been to a movie theater since Passion of the Christ come out. My last movies were The Chronicles of Narnia and the Diary of a Mad Black Woman, so that was like years and years ago, but I watch new movies all the time at home.
  • Yosyp 2012/02/21 16:15:54
    Hardly ever go to the movies
  • PapaBC 2012/02/21 16:07:32
    There are a lot of crappy movies coming out lately... Plus in 6months the DVD will be in the store.
  • Jesus F... PapaBC 2012/02/21 20:40:16
    Jesus Freak and proud of it
    or on redbox where you get it for a dollar, and there are free codes all the time
  • aksquad 2012/02/21 16:05:21
  • Lonna121593 2012/02/21 15:55:15
    twice in the last 3 years. both in the same two months.
  • ~Jeffi <3 floats~ 2012/02/21 15:35:04
    ~Jeffi <3 floats~
    I only go to movies all every other week because I can.. I love watching movies and i dont mind watching old ones but sometimes its nice to switch it up.. I sneak in sodas and candy so i dont have to pay for them at the counter :)
  • Flamingolady 2012/02/21 14:19:09
    Regularly, like once every month or so. There are so many awful movies out there, and the admittance is really high, even for seniors or matinees.
  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2012/02/21 13:15:21
    Maybe 2 or 3 times a year.
  • Rob42261 2012/02/21 11:51:06
    To expensive to go see movies. It seems that it would make more sence for the movies to base thier ticket prices and vending in order to attract more people and operate off of volume instead of jacking the prices up so much that it keeps people away. Not for from where I live is a drive in that charges $10 a car load and they are almost always full when they are open during the spring and summer when they are open.
  • bye im out sodahead 2012/02/21 11:24:01
    bye im out sodahead
    Sometimes i go because it cost to much
  • Commenting_one 2012/02/21 08:33:34
    Not these days. Everything mentioned here are contributing factors.
  • Julia Anne 2012/02/21 06:09:02
    Julia Anne
    Going to see The women in black tomorrow, as of this Friday I'm seeing journey 2 the mysterious island with some friends.
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/02/21 05:48:02
    Somkey the Hores
    Not anymore. Nobody seems to know how to act in the theaters. They act like they're at home.
  • Jiorgia 2012/02/21 05:47:00
    havent been in to see a movie about a year, and wouldn't waste my money, but if you want to be technical then i go every night (i work in a cinema).
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/02/21 05:37:35
  • sally 2012/02/21 05:25:43
    This was done on adults, I am still 17 and enjoying my free weekends without worrying about going to work or taking care of kids. I do have a job but it's part-time, and I do have to study for school but that's something I can finish within 4-5 hours and I can break up the time.
  • pjwinkler65 2012/02/21 05:16:01
    There are only a few films that I deem big screen worthy. We probably don't go more than once or twice a year. Everything comes to video so quickly right now and the theater has gotten so ridiculously expensive. Last year less people went but theaters made more money than previous years...what does that tell you.
    It is a shame, it is a traditional pass time and I would go more if it werent consumed by greed.
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