This news is coming in from several sources at the moment and changing constantly so details might be a little sketchy – here’s what I know right now. ArcLight’s ticket prices have been the same since they opened $11 for normal tickets, $14 for peak hours (Friday night, Saturday & Sunday early on). The only real change was made when parking ceased being free and became a buck for the first 4 hours – plenty long enough to see a movie and get the heck out. Well, there was some kind of meeting this evening where the idea of upping this parking to $2.50 was discussed which would make the cost of a full price ticket during peak hours $16.50. My very sketchy information leads me to believe that this was an idea sent down from management and that the staff said that people (members especially) would not be at all happy with this. If this is correct I have to agree with the staff – thats a bunch of crap. I’ve made countless posts here about how much I love the ArcLight and how I’m willing to pay a few extra bucks for the superior movie going experience, I’ve also posted about the problems there – namely the website. It’s insane that at this point their online services suck as bad as they do, and it’s even more insane that they are considering charging us more while these problems still exist. As someone who has more than 1,000 member points I can say that I will NOT be at all happy if they start jacking up the prices with no justification.
More on this when I get more details.
UPDATE: There’s some discussion in the comments about who owns the parking structure in question and who would make the decision about upping the price but all I know is that I was told there was a meeting at ArcLight where they were discussing if they should up the price of parking. Perhaps they are discussing putting more of the cost of renting the structure on to the customers and not paying as much themselves by changing the deal so that a validated ticket cost is $2.50 rather than $1? My suggestion remains the same here, that ArcLight shouldn’t be so greedy – charging for things that were free before is a bad idea, always. Perhaps they should implement something where members can park for free, and non-members have to pay $3 to park there.