- Posted June 11, 2009 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
iReport at the movies
AMC considers 13 year old children to be adults
Over the weekend I attempted to take my children to see a movie at our local AMC Theater. Now going to the theaters is already expensive experience but the level of price gouging that has been allowed to happen has reached a new epic level.
Children 13 and above are considered to be adults and are subject to the adult ticket prices. The AMC websites states that children tickets are ages 2 - 12.
In the case of the movie my family was interested in seeing that adult ticket price for Night At The Museum is $10.00 per adult. A family of 5 with 3 children over 12 years old would be paying $50.00 just to get in the door. That is before the once accepted price gouging on popcorn, soda and candy.
With the summer months upon us and Hollywood wondering why movies are not making it at the box office. Could one of the contributing reasons be that the average 15 year old will not be forking out $10 a ticket if mom and dad are getting caught in the economic crunch?
Double checking to see if I had been asleep at the wheel when some new law was passed. I verified the legal definition of "adult".
The legal definition of an Adult is one of a person that has attained the age of majority. The age of majority that is defined by the state laws is 18.
Thankfully, I hadn't been asleep and some state of common sense existed somewhere. I do recall that when I was younger, adult tickets were 18 and older. However it appears that in the losing of profits these past few years the movie industry has decided to attack, rape and pillage their main base. Movie goers ages 15 +.
Now, the relief package is provided to us by Wal-Mart! With the price of brand new DVD's averaging around $17.00 the decision becomes easier to make and turns that "must see movie" into that "must buy DVD".
As for my situation, the decision was an easy one to make. Dinner for the 5 us at nice local restaurant came out cheaper than 5 adult tickets, popcorn and sodas. We also do look forward to buying the DVD of Night at the Museum for $17 at Wal-Mart this fall.
Have a great summer and I will see you in the DVD Aisle!