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A Slow Night at the Cinema

A Slow Night at the Cinema

I think I received a solid hint as to why people aren’t going out to the movies as much anymore…

Tonight, I went to a local multiplex to see Mission: Impossible III. I arrived in enough time to catch the beginning of the film, and decided to grab a Diet Coke before it started. There were only three registers in service at the snack bar of this 20-screen theater. My line was so long and congested that it took literally 15-20 minutes to get my Diet Coke. Apparently the employees were too busy making sure they offered the “combo snack pack.” Now, I realize I chose to wait in the line, but should I just bring my own Diet Coke next time? Or, rent a movie and stay home perhaps?

My show started at 10:25 and I didn’t get my drink until 10:36. Luckily, there was a 10:40 show (the theater had five separate screens for the film). So, thanks to the 4,000-plus prints of Mission: Impossible III out there, I got to see the movie. But I was one of the few. Some people got fed up and left altogether. And my theater was virtually empty. The movie, though, was really entertaining and worth seeing. The Diet Coke, however, was mostly ice cubes.

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