Planning a trip to your local multiplex this weekend? Thought so! Trying to make it worth your while? I figured as much. Don’t worry – just treat movie theaters like online stores and you’ll be fine.
Your next trip to the theater will no doubt constitute a substantial purchase on your part, which makes you more than just a filmgoer – it makes you a consumer. And what do consumers do best? Well, consume, I suppose. More specifically though, they shop, and when it comes to shopping, “online” is the place to do it.
Want to make your next moviegoing excursion a great one? Be sure to plan ahead – online.
1) Do Your Research
Any half-intelligent online shopper knows to read other user reviews before adding an item to the shopping cart. These days, scouring the ‘reviews’ or ‘comments’ section of a website page for useful information on a product is just plain practical. Movies are no different in this regard. If you know that you and your friends will be heading to the theater but don’t have a particular film in mind, be sure to read a handful of reviews for at least a few different movies before making your final decision.
2) Pick a Theater
There’s always more than one, you know. While the theater closest to you is probably the simplest choice, don’t be afraid to shop around for a better location. Showtimes will obviously vary between theaters, so finding the showtime that works best for you may be a matter of finding a different theater. The beauty of it? Listings are almost always available online. Same goes for pricing. You wouldn’t purchase an item from a given website without verifying that it isn’t cheaper to buy elsewhere, right? Of course not! So, don’t spend more money than you have to by going to your nearest theater when a cheaper alternative may be just down the road.
It’s also good to keep in mind that different theaters provide different experiences altogether. For instance, if the movie you’d like to see is showing in 3D at “select theaters,” then it’s probably worth finding a theater that offers 3D showings. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get more bang for your buck!
3) Get Your Tix
Just like you’d buy tickets online for a concert or music festival weeks or months in advance, it’s sometimes wise to buy movie tickets in advance as well. Many theaters have websites nowadays that’ll let you pay for and reserve your movie tickets long before the showtime. Think about it: it’s never fun to arrive at a theater and find out that the film you were hoping to see is sold out. Your local cineplex will probably get crowded on the weekends, so if you’re planning to go on a Friday or Saturday night, make sure that you’ve reserved your tickets online, then just pick them up when you arrive.
At the end of the day, there’s no sense in thinking of theatrically released movies any differently than other goods and services on the market. After all, movies are a commercial enterprise, and while that may be unfortunate from an artistic standpoint (a blog for another day), it’s one of the upsides as far as consumerism goes. Being able to plan your trips to the theater beforehand means less aggravation in the long run. By planning ahead, you can avoid a subpar viewing experience and make the most of your trip.
Try it out. “Shop” for your next theater experience online and find out for yourself how easy it is.
Does planning your next theater trip seem simple enough? Do you normally research your movies online before heading to the theater? Do you buy tickets in advance? Let us know in the comments!