When I was younger, going to the cinema was always pretty exciting. It was one of the first places Mum let me go alone with friends, and as a 12/13-year-old, that was like the best thing ever.
I found that once I actually had to start paying for my own cinema experiences, I realised how expensive it was and I tried to stop going as much – but as I’m from a country town, it was one of the only things to actually do.
My boyfriend T and I go the cinemas rarely – only if there is something we really want to see and a good version isn’t on any (questionably legal) streaming sites. Start of this month we went to see War of the Planet of the Apes.
According to Hagerstrand’s three constraints, capability, coupling and availability, this is my cinema experience.
CAPABILITY (CAN I GET THERE?): As my boyfriend and I are fully licensed drivers with our own cars, it is relatively easy to from Point A to B, regardless of where it is. We usually go to Hoyts Warrawong – it is about 10-15 minutes away BUT it is generally cheaper and has seriously the comfiest chairs in the world. You can literally lay down while watching the movie, and you can’t put a price on that kind of luxury.
COUPLING (CAN I GET THERE AT THE RIGHT TIME?): Whenever we go together or go with others, we carpool. Not only does it make it easier but you get to hang with friends for a while before the movie, and have a quick catch-up. The only problem is that sometimes we have run a bit late because we have underestimated the time it takes to get to Warrawong, or we are hanging around for a while because we have over-estimated. But the tickets are cheaper and better seats, so it kind of makes up for it.
AUTHORITY (AM I ALLOWED TO BE THERE?): T and I are both UOW students, so we use our concession cards wherever we can to get some cheeky discounts. I ordered the tickets online the morning before because it had come out that day and we knew it would be popular – so I grabbed student tickets. When we got there, we were never asked to prove that we were students, so I guess we cheated the system and you could call us rebels.
Cinemas are always a pretty cool experience unless you have to pee halfway through (and of course you miss the most important bit) or you have those annoying 12-year-olds hanging out up the back talking. Cinema companies are now trying to make their cinemas better and more comfortable, or have something entirely new to bring more people in.
Unfortunately, it really is the expense of going that puts people off, myself included. It is definitely not a cheap experience, especially if you decide you want some candy bar food (I mean seriously, I am not paying $8.50 for a packet of M&Ms). And with the rise of actually ok quality streaming sites, a lot of the time you don’t see the practicality in going when you could save the money and the energy.
What do you guys think? Do you go to the cinema much anymore?
Image credit: Vehemence for Cinema