I’ve seen 3 movies in cinemas since I came to New York. The first one was seen at AMC Times Square, and the latter two were in AMC Lincoln Square. AMC is pretty famous, at least famous in New York City. Before I came here I already heard the news that Dalian Wanda Group had acquired the AMC Entertainment Holdings, but I had no idea what the AMC was like. As the official website of AMC says, Wanda is the world’s largest cinema owner now. It sounds pretty funny.
Tickets’ price of movies in New York is cheap, and every movie has the same price, it’s 14 dollars in AMC cinemas. For college and graduate students I believe most of the universities have special movie passes to sell though I am only sure about NYU and Columbia. The special movie passes belong to different movie theatres. Take AMC as an example, there are two kinds of movie passes, the gold one and the silver one. The gold pass charged at 8 dollars, which you can watch any movie you want, including IMAX movies. Nevertheless, the silver one cost 6.5 dollars and with which you can only watch the movies have been released for at least 10 days. My saying tickets’ price in New York is cheap when the counterpart is the one of Beijing. Tickets’ prices are different in Beijing in terms of different movies though, the average price is nearly 14 dollars, and for the IMAX movies, the price even reaches to 25 dollars. It’ll be a luxury of watching a movie in cinema for most of Chinese people.
One of my roommates just got a job of AMC. Thus, from now on I can watch movies for free, what a wonderful life. And a business idea occurred to me, what if I buy tons of gold passes from NYU at 8 dollars and then sell them at the gate of AMC for 10 dollars? I’m pretty sure it must be an illegal business.
The period of each movie in the cinema is fairly short, I think that’s because there are too many movies being released. For each movie, you’d better catch the point at the first week and striving for a longer period, or you’ll lose the box office. The industry of US is quite prosperous. And I found that lots of great movies are actually based on books. When we focus on the film industry in China, it is as sucks as the politic industry, or may be worse. Is there any possibility that the sucks publishing industry is one of factors makes the film industry more and more sucks? I believe so.
By the way, the Skyfall is worth watching. When the bird’s-eye view of the night of Shanghai shows, a lot of people were whispering with their fellows. I guess they were a
Posted by Miles Yang at Friday, November 16, 2012