To the editor:
After reading a blurb in the Globe and Mail this week, titled A Kernel Of Fairness In Popcorn Prices, I wanted to comment that I think movie theatres deserve what they get when movie-goers smuggle in their own snacks.
To charge $6.50 for a large popcorn is atrocious in this day and age and it is no wonder people sometimes decide to bring their own food and drink to the movies with them.
I agree that there are staffing costs and upkeep, etc., but to charge these high prices is not very sensible. I think it must deter many from even going to the movies in the first place.
They charge $5 approximately for a large pop! This is a mark up of at least 300 per cent, I am guessing, and highway robbery.
Why not lower it to $5 for a large popcorn, $4 for a large drink and go for more volume? This seems like a wiser choice to me mathematically. And why not offer a deal for both at $8.50?
And the deals they offer save a quarter in many regards I have noticed—a quarter only! How is this any savings to the consumer?
It isn’t at all, especially when prices are insane to begin with.
I urge movie theatre corporations to think about what they are doing to the loyal customers who enjoy going to the movies such as myself and not follow suit with hockey rinks that charge $8.50 for one plastic cup of beer! Insane!
It is not gold people—it’s refreshments!
Nolan Preen, Kelowna