Since moving to this part of the world last year, we have been to see two movies: The Hunger Games (in Hong Kong a few weeks ago) and The Avengers (in Shenzhen, tonight!). We noticed that the movie theater experience is a bit different from what we’re used to in the U.S.
In Hong Kong and China:
You get to pick your seats when you buy your tickets. It’s sort of like buying concert tickets, where they show you a seating chart in relation to the screen and you choose where you want to be. I’m not sure if I really like this system, because sometimes I choose my seats based on what kind of people are sitting nearby (read: avoid children, groups of teens, tall people, etc.)
They also sell popcorn, soda, candy and all that other stuff we’re used to. But they also sell big sausages. Did I ever tell you about how people around here eat a lot of sausages/hot dog wieners? Well, they do. They sell them everywhere, usually on a long skewer.
In China: The tickets were RIDICULOUSLY expensive. We paid around $290 HKD for four people (~$9 USD per person) in HK, including a 10% discount for having an HSBC card. In China, we paid about $18.50 USD per person, and then we had to pay for our 3D glasses on top of that. You have to buy your glasses separately, which annoyed me greatly. I watch 3D movies about once every two years, and these glasses are just going to end up in my junk drawer. And you can bet that I won’t have these glasses with me the next time I go to a 3D movie. It’s also bad for the environment, people!
But! The husband got pretty psyched about buying the 3D glasses, because the theatre had something neither of us had ever seen before — clip-on 3D glasses that you can wear over your regular pair:
The husband was so excited that he started searching on-line to see if they have these kinds of glasses in the U.S. theaters, too. It seems that they sell them on Amazon.com and a few other sites at about $8 – $20 (ours was about $4.60 and my regular 3D glasses were about $1.50). I don’t know if the U.S. theaters have these clip-on styles yet, but the husband was wondering if they have them in China because so many people wear glasses in this country (Is this true? I don’t even know — but maybe people who wear glasses notice these kinds of things more?).