Regular ticket adult price here is just over ten and change.
We aren’t a big city by any stretch, maybe that’s the difference.
Also $22 American = 29 Canadian $ right now. At those prices I feel bad if you see a real dud.
When I was in my early 20s I used to go to the movies on a weekly basis and we used to see anything opening that weekend that seemed interesting. Or we’d show up at 9pm and just see what was starting in the next 5 minutes. I saw some awful movies like “Solo” starring Mario Can Peebles that way. It was like $6 even on a Saturday night, $4 for a matinee in our theater in Queens. So we didn’t care. I can’t even imagine going to a movie just for the hell of it these days. Now I’m down to about 2 movies a year that are huge blockbusters and I feel must be seen on the big screen and that I want to avoid spoilers on. But I go right after work, in midtown Manhattan, and they’re usually IMAX 3-D (because that’s usually all that’s offered). I know a friend of mine says he goes to a theater in a Brooklyn sometimes that still does $5 matinees. Normal price for non-3D is probably closer to $12 throughout much of the city.
Man, I remember doing that back in the early or mid 90s on Christmas Break or Spring Break from school. Just go to the theater and hang out all night. Watch two or three movies in a row. I think it was 1993 or 1994, one night I watched Shadowlands (kind of a tearjerker) then moved over to The Air Up There (Kevin Bacon trying to recruit a kid from Africa to play hoops) and then moved over to Tombstone. Good times.
"Well, maybe I like the nightlife just a little bit more than I like the damn gym, jack! And when you're makin' $500,000 a year, there ain't no reason to change what you're doing." - Dusty Rhodes, 1/4/1986