Film tickets can get fairly costly as of late, notably on the opening weekend for a serious launch the place costs can go upwards of Rs. 1,000 per ticket, relying on the theatre and format. Anybody who made a latest effort to purchase tickets and attend the nice ‘Barbenheimer’ occasion of 2023 will know simply how a lot of a success on the pocket it might have been, notably should you watched Oppenheimer in an IMAX theatre, and that is earlier than you think about the value of popcorn or another snacks.
The excessive prices are sometimes related to the large theatre chains, and loads of reasonably priced theatres exist in each main metropolis in India. There’s actually no stress on you to pay huge bucks for film tickets should you do not need to, and I made a decision to present each choices a attempt whereas watching Barbie and Oppenheimer over two weekends. Curiously sufficient, I discovered that maybe paying extra is value it in spite of everything – let me clarify why.
Barbie in an reasonably priced theatre
I began with Barbie, and selected an outdated, however considerably modernised multi-screen theatre in Mumbai to go watch Greta Gerwig’s movie in. The modernisation has come by means of turning the previously single-screen theatre right into a three-screen multiplex with improved decor. There was additionally a touch of nostalgia right here, for the reason that snack counter is identical because it has been since my school days, serving the identical sandwiches and popcorn at pretty cheap costs.
Nonetheless, the place this theatre hasn’t fairly stored up with the occasions is within the lack of upgrades to issues just like the projector, display dimension, and seating. The chairs had been considerably uncomfortable even for a two-hour film, the display was arguably tiny and no higher (in comparative phrases) than watching a movie in a big lounge on a 43-inch tv. The projector was uninteresting, missing in sharpness, and made for a relatively underwhelming watching expertise. It wasn’t dangerous and the movie was watchable, however I used to be considerably upset with the expertise on the entire.
Many may not care an excessive amount of about these technical drawbacks; you’re there for the movie itself, and the cheap tickets and snacks positively help make the hours you spend there a bit nicer. This complete expertise price me Rs. 270 for the ticket and about Rs. 300 for quantity of snacks per particular person, on a Friday night time.
Oppenheimer in an IMAX theatre
Watching Oppenheimer ‘as Christopher Nolan supposed it’ has been a key buzz-phrase leaning into the discharge of the movie, and certainly Common Photos has pulled out all of the stops in guaranteeing the movie is obtainable to look at in IMAX screens in India and globally. Gautam Dutta, Co-CEO at PVR Inox Ltd. mentioned, “A movie like Oppenheimer is finest watched on IMAX screens for the colourful and immersive expertise, which solely will get higher at a sure angle: the director’s most well-liked seats.”
I watched the movie in one of many handful of IMAX screens in Mumbai, arguably one of the best one within the metropolis after the closing of the enduring IMAX dome theatre in Wadala, Mumbai. This can be a fashionable multiplex with modernised huge screens (together with the large IMAX display the place I watched the movie), laser projection, and comfy seating.
Various peak ranges of the seats be sure that the individuals in entrance of you are not blocking your view, and assuming you are not sitting too near the display, you do not even should crane your neck to look at. Moreover, the viewing expertise is virtually nearly as good on the sides of the theatre as within the centre. For sure, the technical expertise of watching the movie was far superior to the older tech within the theatre the place I watched Barbie.
Nonetheless, this technically superior viewing expertise is considerably mirrored within the ticket costs. Priced at upwards of Rs. 1,000 per ticket for a Saturday morning present, this could go a good bit increased (round Rs. 1,400 per ticket) should you attempt to ebook the extra in style night reveals. For reference, a complete month of Netflix Premium prices lower than one ticket.
Snacks price a good bit extra as effectively; popcorn was priced at Rs. 510 for a giant tub, and I nonetheless wanted to eat lunch afterwards. There’s actually no purpose for the value of snacks to be this excessive, however it’s all a part of the ‘premium’ expertise, and likewise hyperlinks to the truth that you do not actually have a alternative if you wish to get one thing to eat or drink through the intermission.
Pay extra for the higher expertise
After each of those contrasting theatre experiences, I can not assist however really feel that it is value paying extra for the higher expertise. As a fan of streaming and a TV reviewer for Gadgets360, I often have entry to huge televisions and glorious content material to look at on them, so the theatre-going expertise is often reserved for less than a very powerful releases, the place watching it early and on the large display make all of the distinction.
The IMAX expertise prices a number of occasions as a lot as that of the old-school theatre (particularly should you consider the price of meals and drinks), however the superior technical choices justify the value, for my part. For those who’re somebody who visits a theatre as soon as every week, these prices would possibly stack up shortly. Nonetheless, should you’re an occasional theatre-goer, my advice is that you simply choose the higher theatre, select IMAX every time potential, and splurge a bit to get one of the best expertise. For those who actually need to get monetary savings, give the overpriced popcorn a miss as a substitute.
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