Gosh Pamela, if that is supposed to be an evening of enjoyment, I think I will pass. Thanks for taking the time to outline the costs, both in dollars and in frustration. No wonder I quit going to movies in theatres 15 years ago.
Movies are much more comfy at home and the popcorn is a lot cheaper.
You are quite right on the cuddling part though. It was hard if not impossible to do in the "new" style of chairs that are in the theatres now.
Usually we like to stay home and rent a movie..more comfortable...cheaper....*ahem*..ecetera...But I have been feeling like too much of a hermit lately and *insisted* on going out to a movie. Big mistake that was. Maybe if it was a better movie it wouldn't have been so painful...but the whole process of going out to a movie isn't as easy as it used to be.
1. find decent movie/theatre...turns out the good ones are all downtown...this is where the adventure begins in Vancouver.
2. find parking
3. can't find parking so do underground parking which is $2.50/half hour
4. go 3 storeys...go to automated machine to get tickets and concession stand coupons...oops...they don't take interac anymore....
5. go find bank machine
6. go up to the ticket booth to get ticket but see the sign that says "three hours free parking validation with movie"
7. send husband down 3 flights to the car to get the ticket to get validated
8. buy tickets..."that'll be $23 sir"...ouch...
9.get snacks...."50 cents for the super dooper size, mam?" "combo deal, mam"..."butter or becel, mam'...that'll be $8.95 for a small coke, large popcorn and small box of glosette raisins, thank you.
10. ask for extra baggie for popcorn..."sorry mam, we're not allowed to give those out.
11.choose a seat
11.move seats because a tall guy sits in front of you 1 minute later
13. set up napkin as a little basket for popcorn...loose half the popcorn on the floor and on your lap in the attempt.
15. try to snuggle but get a cramp from the new uncomfortable reclining seats
16.realized you just wasted effort on steps 1-16 because it's a bad movie
17. head to your local lounge to try and salvage the night with a couple of martinis...$35....ouch
18. finally decide to go home before you break the bank.
19. get into comfy clothes and lay on the couch spooning with the hubby....priceless. That's where we should have started the evening.