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Why are movie tickets so expensive? At the risk of sounding crotchety, I have to complain that they used to be $3.50 two decades ago. Now it costs nearly $12 to see a movie, at night, on a weekend. Good thing I don't eat popcorn, or that would break the bank.

This brings me to this weekend's installment of movie listings at the South Bay Drive-In (2170 Coronado Ave). At 8 p.m., Frankenweenie, Taken 2, and Paranormal Activity 4 (how many are there going to be?) play on all 3 theatres. At 9:40 p.m., Argo, Pitch Perfect, and Sinister will screen. (By the way, I thought Argo was riveting--who needs zombies when you have rioters ready to pull you to shreds--and I give it a fresh tomato.)

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $1 for children 5-9 years old. Admission buys you two films for the night. So, wait, that's $3.50 per film!

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Javajoe25 Oct. 19, 2012 @ 7:08 p.m.

But if "admission buys you two films for the night," why do you show three films per showing? If it is three films, that would make the cost $2.33 per film. Almost good enough to justify popcorn.

Btw, how does three films starting at 8 PM, "on all three theaters," show, and then at 9:40, an hour and 40 minutes later, three more films show? I must not be reading something right....right?

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Robin Tung Oct. 21, 2012 @ 11:35 a.m.

The theater has 3 screens with 3 movies at 3 show times. So literally, there will be 9 films in a night. Admission buys you 2 screenings (though I doubt they can stop anyone from running back and forth to get eyefuls of up to 6 movies). As for how they orchestrate movie times, you'll have to ask them.

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