Anyone who knows me well knows that I like to get the most bang for my buck. I wouldn’t say I’m cheap, but I do get a lot of pleasure out of know I got a good deal.
Same sort of goes with time. I hate knowing I’ve wasted time. Doing nothing intentionally is fine (I call this relaxing). But, if I make plans to do something, and that doesn’t pan out…I feel like I’ve wasted my time.
This weekend I went to see The Spiderwick Chronicles. A viewing at my local theater is now $9. I went to see the 6:45 show. The movie was somewhat entertaining, but overall, I was disappointed. When I left, I felt like it was a waste of money, like I would have gotten a lot more pleasure out of the probably 2 meals I would have gotten for $9 at Wendy’s. And so, I got on my iPhone to check out the other movies showing, went across the building into another theater showing Doomsday 5 minutes after Spiderwick ended.
Now, I know, I know, this is nothing that a million people have probably done before, and admittedly, this is the second time I have done it. But, I write this to make this point…. Say this were a regular business. And, I, as the customer, was not at all happy with the product. I would either get some sort of discount or my money back. With movies, you can’t complain to producers or directors, so the only way to get your money’s worth is to take it up with the theater itself.
In this case, I took a discount and saw each movie for $4.50 instead of $9. The best way to pull this off is to see an oddly timed show that way you don’t miss half the movie or sitting around forever waiting for the other movie to start. In my case, I knew that most movies have showings around the 8:00 hour, I just needed to pick one that I would have liked to see. Plus, it’s about 4 hours worth of movie watching, so you want the first one to be sort of early so you’re not in the theater till 12:00 a.m.
By the way, Doomsday was not bad. It was odd and I’ve heard is very similar to Mad Max, but I’ve never seen that, so I don’t really know.