Today’s NYTimes asks a good question. Since the Web has helped make concert ticket lines all but obsolete, why are people still waiting around the block to buy movie tickets?
The answer is as simple as a one dollar bill.
The reason people are still not inclined to buy their movie tickets over the web is because we don’t want to pay the $1 surcharge, especially when there’s no customer incentive to do so.
With concert tickets, the sooner you buy, the better your seats. But with movie tickets, since there’s not assigned seating (except in select theaters like The Arclight in Los Angeles) there’s also no incentive to buy tickets early, on-line. Since movie seats are on a first come first serve basis, the early bird gets the seat. And if you’re early enough to get a good seat, then you’re early enough to buy the ticket.
However, there is incentive for theater owners. On-line ticketing would benefit theaters in two obvious ways:
1. As with airlines where customers can go on-line and buy tickets, theaters could cut down on staff by allowing customers to pre-buy movie tickets on-line. If customers buy tickets on-line and print them at a kiosk in the theater, fewer staff are needed behind the counters selling tickets.
2. The time customers waste waiting in long lines to buy the tickets at the theater could be better spent cruising the snack bar. More people would purchase beverages and snacks before the show if they didn’t feel rushed upon entering the theater. The customer’s average snack bill would also increase since customers would have more time before the show to wait for higher priced, longer to prepare items such as hotdogs, which you have to dress with condiments, nachos, which can seem messy and overwhelming to the time pressed customer, or high-end coffee drinks such as lattes or cappuccinos.
With the on-line ticketing option, theaters would be giving customers an added value
of convenience, and the option to custimize the movie going expierence to suit our busy schedules. And if we can buy the tickets when and where it is convenient for us, we will surely buy more tickets.
The lost dollar surcharge fee for on-line tickets would more than pay for itself.
John Cusack, the actor known for his earthy, romantic charm, filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court against Emily Leatherman, 31, whom Cusack believes has taken an “unusual” interest in his life.
Cusack, who said he had never met Ms Leatherman, asked that she be told to stay at least 500ft away from him.
The papers say she wants “a normal life and home” with Cusack, 40. How scary is that?
Author of the American classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee has written a rare published item to Oprah’s “O” magazine on how she became a reader as a young girl in rural, Depression-era south Alambama.
Her letter appears in the magazine’s July “Special Summer Reading Issue.”
Harper Lee was a good friend of gay writer Truman Capote and is rumored to be a lesbian.
The joys of photoshop…
Our first introduction to the lovely Sarah Paulson happened by chance when the equally lovely actress Cherry Jones, upon hearing that she had won a Tony award for Best Actress in a Play, kissed Paulson before making her way to the stage to accept the award.
Once there, Cherry Jones thanked Paulson personally, saying, “Laura Wingfield, I share this with you,” referring to Paulson by the name of the character she was playing on Broadway at the time in The Glass Menagerie.
The next day, Playbill confirmed the relationship between Jones and Paulson.
“Cherry Jones, when taking her Best Actress (Play) award for Doubt referenced her ‘Laura Wingfield’ from the stage. Her partner is Sarah Paulson, of Broadway’s The Glass Menagerie.”
Since then, Sarah Paulson has become increasingly popular among lesbian audiences and audiences in general for her recurring guest role on the HBO hit Deadwood and film roles such as Joss Whedon’s Serenity (2005).
Age: 31. Born in Tampa, Florida in 1975
Dating: Actress Cherry Jones
Most memorable performance: best friend to Renee Zellweger’s character in the 1950s Doris Day era comedy, Down With Love, co-starring Ewan McGregor and David Hyde Pierce.
Keep you eyes peeled for: Paulson in the Aaron Sorkin-Thomas Schlamme televison series for NBC, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Vivian: Can I be honest with you Frances?
Frances: It’s a dyin’ art so be my guest.
from Desert Hearts (1985)
“I have to say, 10 or 15 years ago, I couldn’t have imagined an occasion like this,” Mr. Pinfold told the 157 guests, who sat in the stark and simple pews. “I couldn’t have imagined myself standing up in front of you all or any group and saying: ‘This is my beloved. To him I plight my troth.’ ”