Should Idaho Movie Theaters Use Variable Pricing For Less Popular Movies?
Movie theaters offer a lot more options now than when I was a kid. Back in the day you had the option of normal and that was it. Now you have big screens, IMAX screens, D-Box Seating, stadium seats, recliners, 3D, Dolby ATMOS sound, and definitely other options I don't know about. Usually you pay an upcharge for the additional features. Here in Twin Falls at the Magic Valley Cinema 13 it is an additional $2 for Dolby 3D or the Giant Screen Dolby ATMOS. For the D-Box seating it is an additional $8. That all makes sense, you are paying more for getting something extra from the movie.
I have always thought that the ticket price should also be determined by the theater you are seeing the movie in. For example, a while ago I wrote that I went to see Thor and paid my regular ticket price and then found that the theater was one of the smaller ones. Someone else recently brought up a different way of pricing that I hadn't thought of before: should theaters use variable pricing based on the movies choices? They think that it makes sense to pay $10 for a Marvel movie but not for some indy film or a less popular movie like the recent Beatles based movie Yesterday. I like the idea of that too but then you are basically saying that just because movie wasn't made by Disney it isn't worth a full ticket price. So, in theory it sounds nice but implementing it would be a PR nightmare.