High prices are part of the reason why many respondents go to the cinema once a year.
When was the last time you went to the cinema to enjoy a movie? If you live in Japan, chances are you haven’t been there in a while, according to the results of a recent survey.
Japanese news media company VOICE asked 500 men and women “How often do you go to the cinema? » The most common response was “Once a year,” by 33.4% of respondents. The rest of the poll results were “Rarely” at 26.2%, “Once every four to six months” (15.8%), “Once every two to three months” (15.4%). “More than once a month” topped the results with just 9.2% of respondents giving it as an answer.
There could be a number of reasons for these responses; the coronavirus pandemic has definitely made it impossible to see movies on the big screen for a while, and some people might even argue that the quality of Japanese cinema is one reason why they avoid going to the cinema.
But another question posed to responders by VOICE may paint a clearer picture of why people aren’t visiting movie theaters as much these days. When asked “What do you think of movie ticket prices?an overwhelming proportion of respondents answered that they were expensive. 43% of responses were “expensive” and 51.6% “quite expensive”, which means 94.6% of respondents think it’s quite expensive to go to the cinema.
A standard cinema ticket in Japan usually costs around 1,800 yen (US12.31), although many cinemas offer discounts for students, senior citizens and cheaper tickets on the first day of each month. 68.4% of respondents said they use these discounts.
Japanese neitzens agreed with the survey results, giving their own reasons why they don’t often go to the movies.
“I don’t even go once a year these days, lol.”
“I can’t stand watching movies in a room full of strangers.”
“For the price of a single movie ticket, I can get several months of Amazon Prime, and all the movies sooner or later end up on a streaming service. I would like to see something like Avatar in the cinema.
“As long as there are other people kicking chairs and playing with their phones, I’m not going.”
How do Japanese movie prices compare to where you’re from? And do Japan’s expensive tickets keep you from seeing the latest blockbusters? With the meteoric rise of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, it’s certainly cheaper to watch movies from the comfort of your own home, but there’s nothing like a giant screen in a dark room with a pot of popcorn. Fortunately, you can recreate the atmosphere of the cinema at home with this Cinema popcorn deal from Uber Eats!
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