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  Reply # 1843087 9-Aug-2017 21:48
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We have no big chain cinemas this side of 'the hill'. There is a small boutique one in the village which costs around $16 I think and there is a bigger independent one in Masterton that is a bit less than that.

 

Neither have top tier sound or vision to be honest.






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  Reply # 1843106 9-Aug-2017 22:22
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I'm not convinced that lower prices equate to more bums on seats. A lower price usually equates to a lower level of service and higher level of unemployment, which in turn equates to less disposable income, which in turn equates to less bums on seats at the end of the day.

 

 

I'm not sure how you are working that particular chain of logic?

 

In most markets, lower prices lead to higher quantity demanded. I don't see why it wouldn't be the case here. Certainly, it would make the movies a better value alternative to other entertainment options, and more realistically affordable for some potential customers (eg cash-strapped grandparents who might be more able to treat the grandkids, students, low income earners). I would expect both of these to translate into higher attendances, not less.

 

How much higher, and whether higher attendance led to higher total revenue/profits is less clear - it would depent on the demand elasticity.


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  Reply # 1843219 10-Aug-2017 08:59
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Palmerston North currently only has one Cinema complex, so we get charged $17 for an adult seat.

 

I see some cinemas are doing it for $8 in Auckland, and I presume they are not doing it at a loss.

 

And certainly now that I know that it can be done for $8 that is my benchmark, I am unwilling to pay more.

 

 

 

 

As someone else has pointed out, Downtown's now owned by Event.

 

As I discovered a couple of weeks ago, Event has a rewards programme called "Cinebuzz"; even in the couple of weeks I've been receiving emails I've seen some good deals. The offer that closed last night was for the pre-purchasing of ticket vouchers - $8 a ticket plus $1.20 booking fee, and for use 10 Aug - 30 Sept. 

 

So, my suggestion is check out the Event website and sign up for their programme.

 

Also, if you're an AA member, you can also get cheap movie vouchers for Event cinemas (including PN) - not $8 cheap but still better than full retail.

 

That said, I think that's a fairly irrational argument that, because certain cinemas are charging $8, that all can and should charge this rate. Surely too many variables to suggest this is feasible country-wide?


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We're lucky here in Christchurch. $11 movie tickets all day / everyday at both Readings and Hoyts. 


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  Reply # 1843567 10-Aug-2017 14:17
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Since Reading reopened in Wellington, $10 seems to have become the new "go to" price in the CBD at least.


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  Reply # 1845599 12-Aug-2017 17:10
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If you're paying more than $12 for a standard adult ticket in Auckland you are doing it completely wrong.

 

As mentioned, Reading in New Lynn ranges from $10 for normal movie normal seat to $15 for their smaller cinema with leg rests.

 

Hoyts have cheap Tuesday, movie of the week for about $10 and $11 tickets through Vodafone's Fantastic Fridays.

 

Event also has cheap Tuesday, Cinebuzz movie of the week for $9, $11? tickets through Spark and also a Mastercard Wednesday special for about that price which includes a junior popcorn and drink.

 

At the very least you can use the Spark/Vodafone voucher offers. Have done it countless times myself, screw paying $18+ for a ticket.

 

 


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  Reply # 1845606 12-Aug-2017 17:43
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Movie theatres would most likely go out of business if they relied on ticket revenue.

 

They make their money at the Candy Bar...particularly popcorn (wonder if it has changed much?).

 

When I was managing a couple of theatres back in the late 89  to 97. A 50lb bag of seed was about 25$ Cnd and the theatre was making about $11 to $13 a pound.

 

 

Interesting thread. I have some fond cinema memories (not in NZ, admittedly) from the 1960s. I especially remember the popcorn. It was fresh and it was buttered and salted on the spot to the taste requirements of the consumer. 

 

Last year some friends took me to a cinema in Napier. For nostalgic purposes I bought some popcorn. It was pre-fab, stale, and a bored girl told me I could not get it with reduced salt. Everything was factory proportioned. No individual taste preferences catered to.

 

I gagged when I tried the popcorn. Aside from being stale and generally unpleasant, I simply could not cope with the saltiness. Expensive as it was (and it was), I left it behind.

 

When cinemas treat you like a component on an assembly line, they shouldn't complain when you decline to hand over significant amounts of money for the experience. Fortunately, these days there are other choices. My preferred one is to stay at home with my big screen TV and make my own popcorn.

 

 





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  Reply # 1845692 13-Aug-2017 05:32
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Reading in Dunedin manages to do tickets for $10 ($15 for gold class).

 

I suspect the rent for the building is cheaper in Dunedin, and staff levels are low (showing a ticket is often not required).

 

So that makes a family of 4 $40 for a movie. Still cheaper to buy the Blu-ray, but I think the big screen suits some movies.

 

 

 

 

in the 3 times I've been there (i'm with the DVD on horrible smaller home screen group) i've never had to show my ticket. i always wonder if people just walk in - maybe there are cameras.


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Loismustdye: 

 

A colleague I work with "rents" movies online via Apple or similar as the $30 cost is heaps cheaper than the movies.

 

 

Not sure where your colleague rents movies from but $30 is way more than the prices I see.

 

Plenty of online options that are legal and don't involve illegal torrents, or DNS trickery. You Apple iTunes, Google Play Store and Microsoft Movies. There's Quickflix, Netflix and Lightbox as well. Prices are not around $30, but much less - less than half actually.

 

With most of these services you can use a box such as Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku or even a laptop plugged to your TV in the worst case, to watch things on a bigger screen.

 

I maintain a list of movie sources available in New Zealand here. (this means available to pay in NZ$, without DNS or VPN services. If you use a DNS or VPN service your options expand to cover things like Hulu, Amazon, etc).

 

I only go to a cinema these days if it's something really worth it. Otherwise I just wait until it's available for rent online. Also worth noting that like the old days where some movies would go direct to DVD bypassing cinemas, there's a huge number of movies that go direct to online. People don't look online miss a lot of titles that never get to the big screen.

 

I use an Amazon Fire TV box and when I look at a movie it shows related titles by actors, directors, genre, etc. You find a lot more enjoyable stuff than "going to the movies".





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  Reply # 1845929 13-Aug-2017 17:41
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I maintain a list of movie sources available in New Zealand here. (this means available to pay in NZ$, without DNS or VPN services. If you use a DNS or VPN service your options expand to cover things like Hulu, Amazon, etc).

 

 

 

 

Probably time for Igloo to come off that list now laughing


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Loismustdye: 


A colleague I work with "rents" movies online via Apple or similar as the $30 cost is heaps cheaper than the movies.



Not sure where your colleague rents movies from but $30 is way more than the prices I see.


Plenty of online options that are legal and don't involve illegal torrents, or DNS trickery. You Apple iTunes, Google Play Store and Microsoft Movies. There's Quickflix, Netflix and Lightbox as well. Prices are not around $30, but much less - less than half actually.


With most of these services you can use a box such as Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku or even a laptop plugged to your TV in the worst case, to watch things on a bigger screen.


I maintain a list of movie sources available in New Zealand here. (this means available to pay in NZ$, without DNS or VPN services. If you use a DNS or VPN service your options expand to cover things like Hulu, Amazon, etc).


I only go to a cinema these days if it's something really worth it. Otherwise I just wait until it's available for rent online. Also worth noting that like the old days where some movies would go direct to DVD bypassing cinemas, there's a huge number of movies that go direct to online. People don't look online miss a lot of titles that never get to the big screen.


I use an Amazon Fire TV box and when I look at a movie it shows related titles by actors, directors, genre, etc. You find a lot more enjoyable stuff than "going to the movies".



"Rents" may actually mean purchase on Apple TV, I personally don't use it and the conversation was a while ago so I may not remember correctly.

TBH I only visit the movies for a blockbuster (avengers, TFs etc) and the odd movie on sky suits my uses.

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