So at work today I get two free tickets to a local movie chain. Great, I think. I’ve been wanting to see a movie, and it’d be nice to just have to pay the price of popcorn. Of course, “restrictions apply” to these free passes. So I figure I should look in the paper and/or check out the Web site.
And, as of today, all but three effin movies have the tiny little pink star of doom that signifies “No passes.” WTF freakity freak. I bet it’s like that at most of the other Malco theaters too. Through Google, I found one guy up north complaining that he had some passes to use before the end of 2007 when they expired. Every damn movie playing at his theater as of Dec. 28, 2007 was “no passes.”
Movie theaters already think we’re dumb/don’t really care, at least based on the 20 minutes of Sprite commercials followed by 15 minutes of previews (I usually mind the latter a lot less). Plus the $18 for a small tub of popcorn. Very informal research through Google seems to say that most theaters will put “no passes” on movies the first week or two, perhaps because that’s the only time they get any money at all from the studio (though that is iffy and could be wrong). Well, with Malco it seems more like the first three or four weeks. “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” has been out a month and is pass-able, but I don’t want to see it. About the only two movies I have any possible interest in right now are Wanted and Get Smart, and the free thing would have helped a lot with my interest. Apparently not, though.
Jeezy creezy, people. Is it because of summer? Or is it because of the movie chain sucking? Either way, it’s irritating. I will get my free movie(s) someday, damnit. I just have to figure out how. Baby Mama is showing at the discount theatre, but I kind of wanted a first-run movie, ya know? Blurg, as Liz Lemon would say.