Going to the Movies, a Cost Breakdown

• Transportation: walking, free.

• Smarties McFlurry (AKA outside food) which you brought into the movie theater unconcealed and right under everyone’s noses: $2.97* per group.

• Large popcorn and box of chocolate covered raisins: $11 per group

• Extra popcorn bag so that popcorn can be split between party members who do like movie theater butter and members of party who do not: $0

• Ticket price: $13.50, per person. 

• Cost to watch part of American Reunion: $0.13 dollars/minute x 60 minutes = $7.73 dollars, which is maybe about $1 per masturbation joke. A good deal, but maybe not as good a deal as with the previous American movies.

• Wandering around after leaving American Reunion early to see Friends with Kids, due in part to rape culture frustration but also because that was the plan in the first place because Friends with Kids didn’t start until way after we got to the theater and we timed things poorly, and then realizing that the names of the movies are not listed above the theaters they are playing in and have to be told what theater your movie is playing in when you when you buy your ticket, probably to prevent people from doing what you are trying to do, and then sneaking around opening the doors to many of the theaters to try to figure out where it was playing, and failing to figure it out before you suspect security is on to you: $0.13 dollars/minute x 45 minutes = $5.77 dollars.

• Cigarette for walk home: $0.30, per person (one cigarette per person, at $6 for a pack of 20).


*All money is in Canadian dollars.

Shannon Palus usually rents documentaries on iTunes, from the safety of her apartment. Photo: Flickr/Wildcat Dummy


13 Comments / Post A Comment

melis (#42)

Are Smarties different in Canada? Because a Smarties McFlurry sounds terrible.

Katzen-party (#219)

@melis In Canada, what we think of as Smarties are called “Rockets,” and what they call Smarties are like M&Ms with, like, triple the hard candy shell and half the chocolate (WHY???)(I’m not a fan, obvs).

Megano! (#124)

@Katzen-party Wait, what? Smarties aren’t just the Pepsi of M&Ms where you’re from?

Katzen-party (#219)

@Megan Patterson@facebook I’m from the US, where M&Ms have no Pepsi but simply (unfairly or not) dominate the little-chocolate-buttons-with-a-candy-shell market.

@Katzen-party Oh man, I’m in Canada right now and just tried my first Smarties about two hours ago. Terrible, just terrible.

Katzen-party (#219)

@OneTooManySpoons I know! I love Canada (Canada, if you’re reading this, love ya like a sister), but I cannot tell a lie: Smarties are nasty. But Canadian KitKats are the business!

Megano! (#124)

@Katzen-party Nah, Japanese KitKats for me.

kellyography (#250)

@melis: I have a feeling these are the British Smarties, which are more like M&Ms than what you’re thinking.

$13.50 for a movie ticket and $6 for a pack of cigarettes — choosing the more economical pastime is obvious.

amiralab (#5,321)

I paid the same amount of money to watch the House at the end of the street movie, I think this is really cheap and if you pick a good movie then you won`t regret going to the cinema. I like to eat popcorn while watching movies so I should add 5$ on the list, this is the price for a large popcorn.

allreb (#502)

My favorite part of working at a movie theater was calling out nervous pre-teens trying to sneak food into the theater. We were specifically told not to actually stop anyone despite the posted warnings. When I let them in anyway, they thought I was super cool (what’s cooler than a college graduate working as a movie theater usher?). Good times.

We went to the movies today (which we do about once a quarter, usually because HE wants to see something on the big screen – this time The Avengers, which was surprisingly not too terrible). Tickets were (NZ)$17 each on a Saturday. He spent another $10 on popcorn and Coke.

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