Regarding the cost of attending movies - they really have escalated over the years. Not sure how inflation or cost-of-living applies here, but in my lifetime . . .
1960's - Suburban theaters were 35 cents - downtown theaters were 50 cents at all times
1970's - Dollar matinees (before 5:00) were routine. Nighttime prices were higher, but I never WENT at night since the matinees were so cheap. Downtown theaters went by the wayside and the multiplex was born.
1990's - Matinees crept up to about 5-6 dollars - nighttime was around 8 dollars. Second-run theaters came into existence offering the films for $1.50
Now - Matinees are $6.50, and only before 3:00. Other times are 8-9 dollars. IMAX is 12-15 dollars, depending on the movie. Few second-run theaters - most died out . . .
So, what happened to escalate prices from fifty cents to $9???
And I rarely buy the concessions - either smuggle something in, or just go without and get something to eat AFTER the show. They're WAY too expensive - five bucks for popcorn??? Ridiculous!