to think if they made popcorn at cinemas cheaper

(52 Posts)
kim147 Wed 02-Jan-13 18:57:48

More people would buy some and they'd make more money.
£5 for the cheapest tub!!

I'm applying the same logic to cakes in tea shops and patisserie food in cafes.

Just my economic thought for the day.

For popcorn and drink its about £12!

But the tickets are alot too. £8/9 for a adult I think now

kinkyfuckery Wed 02-Jan-13 19:00:38

Yep they certainly don't make it an affordable couple of hours out, do they? It's little wonder really that people sneak in their own goodies.

CloudsAndTrees Wed 02-Jan-13 19:00:49

Thing is, they probably sell plenty even with the overpricing.

I wouldn't go to the cinema and not buy popcorn, I find most films too boring to not have anything to munch! There is always a long queue for food whenever I go to the cinema (admittedly not very often) so I expect that over charging for a very cheap product is here to stay.

kim147 Wed 02-Jan-13 19:03:17

Tesco is round the corner. Much cheaper.
But people buy it so they'll sell it at the price people buy for the experience.
DS has had a lesson in economics.

MrsKeithRichards Wed 02-Jan-13 19:03:30

I agree.

It's like this one grossly over priced local hotel that several friends have insisted on getting married at. £8 for a gin and tonic or any mixer and spirit. I learnt quickly and went to the local shop for a half bottle of vodka and choked on paying £3 a glass of their coke.

Every time I've been the place is awash with empty smuggled in drinks under the table at the end of the night.

If only they didn't insist on ripping people off they'd get more behind the bar. It's a vicious circle I guess.

OwlCatMouse Wed 02-Jan-13 19:05:12

I agree

We smuggle in food instead. DS has a special stuffed toy just for this purpose grin

BarbieDahl Wed 02-Jan-13 19:05:39

I always take sweets and/or choccies bought from the supermarket and don't understand why everyone doesn't do this instead of paying their inflated prices.

SparklingSnow Wed 02-Jan-13 19:05:50

The cinema near me charges crazy prices for things. £4 for a packet of sweets that you can buy in Poundland. The juice is completely overpriced as well.

I always sneak things with me in my bag. Cinema tickets are expensive enough without paying out anymore for overpriced snacks!

Fakebook Wed 02-Jan-13 19:06:33

We only go to the cinema 2-3 times a year so I'm happy to pay whatever price for the popcorn. If I was a film fanatic and went to the cinema every week (like someone I used to know) then I'd complain.

exoticfruits Wed 02-Jan-13 19:06:55

They get their money from popcorn etc sales. They don't like people like me-I never eat or drink anything. When I went with the DCs when younger I took some in, in my handbag.

exoticfruits Wed 02-Jan-13 19:07:35

The prices would have to go up if they didn't sell the popcorn etc.

MrsKeithRichards Wed 02-Jan-13 19:09:01

Ds(7) asks if I've got my cinema bag when we go. It's my huge carpet bag!

kim147 Wed 02-Jan-13 19:09:25

exotic Now this is the economics bit smile Make it cheaper and people buy a lot more so they get more money coming in.

At least in my world.

I use my Clubcard vouchers to 'buy' the cinema tickets so I don't grudge the price of snacks quite so much. It is ridiculous though!

ImperialSantaKnickers Wed 02-Jan-13 19:09:48

I attended a reception at a hotel after a funeral, the lady had been in the theatre and active with quite a few charities etc so lots of guests. There was a pay bar and I ordered a small glass of wine (they gave a choice) and pulled out a fiver. Really embarrassed to have to change it for a tenner when the barman said 'That'll be £6'.
Was even crosser when later on I was taken into the hotel's main bar by an old chum I'd run into and discovered the same drink there was £3.50!

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Wed 02-Jan-13 19:10:39

Its how cinemas make their money - they get little back from the cost of licencing the films, although I don't think that is as true as when I was told it - a ticked was £7 then, its £15 now, and we'r talking about 4 years gap! Still bloody overpriced though. Its more expensive then caviar.

I read a while ago that they don't make ANY money on the films and that is why the food and drink is so expensive. Hard to believe at £9 a ticket though.

mercibucket Wed 02-Jan-13 19:17:20

My heart bleeds for all these poor companies. Only the other day I was reading that starbucks don't make any money at all in the UK and are practically a charitable organisation. I expect cineworld are also held afloat only by the sale of overpriced puffed corn products

mercibucket Wed 02-Jan-13 19:17:20

My heart bleeds for all these poor companies. Only the other day I was reading that starbucks don't make any money at all in the UK and are practically a charitable organisation. I expect cineworld are also held afloat only by the sale of overpriced puffed corn products

SparklingSnow Wed 02-Jan-13 19:19:55

I think it was on tv a while ago about cinemas claiming not to make any money on tickets sales so that's why the food prices are so high.

WhateverTrevor Wed 02-Jan-13 19:20:05

Take our own popcorn and drinks and try to go to the early morning £1 show aswell, so it can be a cheap trip out.

SparklingSnow Wed 02-Jan-13 19:21:24

kim147 your idea is a very good one! I wonder why they haven't thought of that?!

exoticfruits Wed 02-Jan-13 19:22:38

exotic Now this is the economics bit Make it cheaper and people buy a lot more so they get more money coming in

Whenever I go they seem to be doing very well on the sales! I find the whole thing ridiculous-even if I was willing to buy it I don't want a bucket of popcorn! A small cardboard cone full would be quite enough.

Willemdefoeismine Wed 02-Jan-13 19:22:59

Even with the Kids Club performances we take our own - otherwise the cheap day out becomes anything but.....

exoticfruits Wed 02-Jan-13 19:23:50

It must sell and be worth their while or they wouldn't do it! The mark up on popcorn is huge-it is so cheap to produce.

exoticfruits Wed 02-Jan-13 19:25:03

Last time I went there was so much popcorn around that it made me feel sick! Every other person appeared to have a bucket of it.

In the prog about Heston improving cinema food - realised that the BAG the pop corn comes in costs MORE than the product inside!!!

Personally would prefer viewings where food is banned - some smaller chains actually do this!

IamtheZombie Wed 02-Jan-13 19:31:00

Zombie and DZoH have just got home from their first visit to the cinema in years. We saw The Hobbit in 3D. Tickets were £5.00 each (Wednesday concession - normal price £7.10). A medium bucket of popcorn, medium drink and packet of Minstrels was £6.85.

Thank goodness for small independent cinemas.

bruffin Wed 02-Jan-13 19:42:38

DH has premium unlimited card so now gets 25% off food at cineworld. Makes icecream and coffee a bit more reasonable but i wont buy popcorn at those prices. I am sure the would sell more if it was cheaper.

Why would they want to sell more though? It would increase the cleaning bill, the queues would get longer, they would need to place more orders for popcorn.

It's like the chocolate at the counter in coffee shops - it costs a fortune, but if they can get twice the profit on one bar, and restock the counter half as often, that's a better set up for them.

JustCallMeDavesHorse Wed 02-Jan-13 19:47:39

I don't go because of people munching popcorn

OkayHazel Wed 02-Jan-13 19:53:08

People don't sneak in their own goodies. Its not sneaking. All UK cinemas now allow you to bring your own food.

If they check your bag they are looking for recording equipment!

I spent 2 years as a teenager working for Vue!

me and dh also have premium cineworld cards that gets you 25% off food and free 3D. i always take snacks with me though and we only treat ourselves every now and again

i go at least once a week (sometimes 4 depending on what time of year it is) but only need to see 2 films a month to make the card worthwhile as it costs £15.

im aware that everyone doesnt have a cineworld near them, but maybe you could write to your local and suggest they do something like this? maybe get more people to suggest it too? you never know... it could work

complexnumber Wed 02-Jan-13 19:59:25

I daresay the companies have looked into the dynamics of these things. And if they can make a profit by charging these prices, they will continue to do so.

(And we will continue to bring in our outside bought goodies)

blueemerald Wed 02-Jan-13 19:59:40

There was a chap in Michigan who legally challenged cinema snack prices and banning "outside" food but I'm not sure how he got on. I must say I haven't had my bag looked in at the cinema for years...

noblegiraffe Wed 02-Jan-13 20:00:22

There'll be an optimisation graph at head office somewhere of food prices+ticket prices versus food sales+ticket revenue. They won't have just plucked them out of thin air, and I doubt that they would miss a trick of making it cheaper if it really would make them more money. Making it cheaper would probably just increase the number of cheapskate food-smuggling types turning up wink

ChristmasIsAcumenin Wed 02-Jan-13 20:04:03

Yeah, it's weird. I went to the cinema for the first time in about five years over Christmas. And I remembered why I don't go! It's cheaper (here) to go to the theatre or the opera. Plus you can get the tram or a taxi and have a glass of wine while you're there!

Or a proper cup of tea. No tea at the cinema. Tragic.

complexnumber Wed 02-Jan-13 20:04:24

"cheapskate food-smuggling types "

I suppose that describes me to a "T".

Though you maybe ought to include "booze smuggling" as well, though that was a long time ago. wink

Xmasfun Wed 02-Jan-13 20:04:47

It's terrible and I think that they should be reported to ofcom or something for it , how the hell can you justify paying £7 for some bloody popped corn and a bit of salt or sugar! Outs also charge £2.99 for a bag of chocolates and nrly £4 for a pissy tub of Ice cream sad and on top of that the price to get in ! I really don't see how the law allows them to charge that much ? I also sneak stuff in but weren't some cinemas checking bags?

juniperdewdrop Wed 02-Jan-13 20:11:17

At the Vue they do a dc snack box with some popcorn drink and chocolate for around £3.65 which isn't too bad. I usually buy one for ds2 and a friend or dss. Last time we went the tickets were free through Seefilmfirst so it only cost us just over £7 for a night out. Was Pitch Perfect, really funny film. Dp couldn't believe it as he'd expected it to be rubbish with it being free.

jessjessjess Wed 02-Jan-13 20:13:18

Got a shock the other day when I discovered Odeon charges almost £8 for a hot dog. It's ridiculous.

juniperdewdrop Wed 02-Jan-13 20:17:32

shock £8 for a hotdog! And they'll be full of offal and suchlike.

squoosh Wed 02-Jan-13 20:19:47

I always bring my own food to the cinema. It's not just the price, which is bad enough, but the selection of snacks is so poor. I do not want to pay £5 for a huge bucket of stale popcorn thanks very much.

And before anyone complains, I don't do cinema without snacks, I only go a couple of times a year, it's all part of the overall experience for me.

marriedandwreathedinholly Wed 02-Jan-13 21:04:08

We have always taken our own. Those lovely sealed glasses that M and S sell work just as well at the theatre as at the cinema too. One of life's better inventions.

I'm surprised that one of the cinema chains doesn't try undercutting another on the popcorn price as we have a choice of Vue and Cineworld and would pick the one with affordable snacks.

GambasAndCava Thu 03-Jan-13 06:55:13

OP YABNU. I don't go to the cinema cos I would usually fall asleep but I can't believe the prices quoted [shocked].

Its the same with tea/coffee out - and service station prices.

I travel a lot for work and detest being held to ransom for the price of tea and coffee. I really begrudge paying over £3 for a latte or almost £2 for a really dreadful cup of tea so only buy if desperate or if I can claim the cost back from work.

If it was more reasonable, eg £1 for a cup of tea or £1.50 for a nice latte, I would buy it much more often without thinking and spend so much more overall.

forevergreek Thu 03-Jan-13 07:16:02

We went last night. Didn't buy popcorn but ticket was £18.50 each as in 3d in London cinema! Luckily we had the orange Wednesday so only that total instead of each

Selks Thu 03-Jan-13 07:20:50

Thank heavens for my local independently run cinema - 1.50 for a mug of coffee, shop prices for sweets, 2.00 for tub of popcorn. Cinema tickets £6.00. It's always packed.

StuntGirl Thu 03-Jan-13 08:11:24

No need to sneak anything in, you can just take your own snacks in.

And independent cinemas aren't always the answer. The nearest one to us is an hour and £15 train ride away, and their prices are equal to the big chains.

Probably why we only go to the cinema once in a blue moon when our friend who works there gets us free tickets.

bruffin Thu 03-Jan-13 08:27:36

We go on a weekly basis. As I said above DH has a cineworld unlimited card. If we go on orange wednesday I dont have to pay either. This only costs £15 a month, its brilliant value.

kim147 Thu 03-Jan-13 09:16:03

gambasandcava "If it was more reasonable, eg £1 for a cup of tea or £1.50 for a nice latte, I would buy it much more often without thinking and spend so much more overall. "

Exactly - same idea works for National Trust Tea Shops and Costa Coffee. Maybe I'm too much of a Yorkshire lass skin flint but I object to £2.50 for a slice of cake.

Vaguely remember doing something about this in economics - lots of graphs on the effect of price changes on demand.

See - if I was in charge, tea shops and cinemas would be a different experience. smile

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