Tickets at the Arclight now $25!

dreamgirls.jpg10 day special engagement tickets for “Dreamgirls” listed for $25

From Jeffrey Wells:

For the first ten days of the run of Dreamgirls (i.e., Friday, 12.15 to Sunday, 12.24), which is strictly a New York, L.A. and San Fran thing, interested parties will be charged $25 a ticket on a reserved-seat basis.

This means that the Arclight will be testing the waters on more than doubling their usual ticket price. For the filmgoing public, these are dangerous waters… while Pacific Theatres will claim that this is just a one time, rare instance for a “premium engagement”, I fear that if the run goes well we can expect dramatic increases in ticket prices for new releases.

Special engagements and advance screenings are nothing new for the Arclight, so I don’t understand what makes this a “premium event”. Is the additional cost of tickets going to a charity? Is there a preshow? In short, what makes this show more premium than the countless screenings that have come before it?

In the meantime, Poland at the Hotblog takes issue with the racism that Wells injected into his original report. Wells wrote that the studios are “basically looking to attract gays and the ‘bling’ crowd.” To clarify, he continued:

The blings have taken over the bar at the rear of the Beverly Wilshire. Weekends there are like New Year’s Eve in Dubai…gangstas and ho’s…guys with socks on their head or Iranians with shaved heads pulling up to the valet in $75,000 rich-ass- hole sports cars. The Beverly Wilshire used to have a touch of class…no longer.


In a post titled, “Archie Bunker Goes To the Oscars”, Poland responds by stopping short of labeling Wells of bigot, and defending the studios by explaining that idea behind the increased ticket prices “is to create the feel of an event, not to fleece black movie fans or anyone else.”

I agree with Poland that Wells writing verges on being racist – but the idea behind Arclight’s reserved seating is that every day is a “special event”. $25 for a regular movie ticket? That’s fleecing, no matter what color the audience is.

14 Replies to “Tickets at the Arclight now $25!”

  1. I can’t imagine this is an arbitrary price hike… there’s gotta be some kind of extra offer for the ticket.

    I’m thinking it’s some kind of alcohol and maybe live singing before the movie. Like the El Capitan does sometimes.

  2. My wife made the observation when we went to see Babel at the Century City AMC yesterday that for what we spent on our tickets we could BUY the DVD. I can see this contributing to the drop in moviegoing: DVDs are often the price of a single ticket and are almost always less than the cost of two tickets. On the flip side, Babel at 4.05 was almost completely sold out, even at $11/adult.

  3. What BS!: “create the feel of an event” puh-leeze! I hope nobody is stupid enough to pay that! We get to attend screenings with the directors, even when they’re former Vice Prez Al Gore, and don’t pay extra for the privilege! If they had live showgirls doing their thing in conjunction with the screening, that would make it worth $25, but otherwise, forget it! I’d wait for the video release. But since it’s probably a lame movie, and they’re pulling this stunt, I think I’ll just boycott it completely.

  4. finally read the e-mail, here is what the extra $11 gets you:

    “For these 10 days only, event-priced tickets will include a souvenir book and there will be exclusive “Dreamgirls” merchandise available”

  5. “For these 10 days only, event-priced tickets will include a souvenir book and there will be exclusive “Dreamgirls” merchandise available”

    Considering that you’re only paying $11 or $14 for the book (depending on what you would’ve paid for a normal showing), it’s not a bad deal. Souvenir programs and the like from big events (big name stage productions, Vegas shows, etc) are usually at least $20 and up. Dreamgirls is HUGE deal to a lot of people who will probably be happy to shell out for a book and a chance to score limited edition schwag, just probably not to a lot of bLA readers.

  6. “verges on” racism? Are you kidding? I didn’t read anything “verging” in that tirade. What a prick.

  7. 5000!: The point is that this isn’t a live event, its just like every other screening at the Arclight only its at twice the price. And even at those live events that have programs, you have the option to buy them. I’d gladly forfeit my program for a normally priced ticket.
    The screening isn’t a one night event – it takes up the Arclight for TEN days. This makes it no different than what the Arclight usually offers… except for the price.

    Allison:
    If you’re offended by Wells initial tirade, you should check out his followup clarification in the comments.

  8. The point is that this isn’t a live event, its just like every other screening at the Arclight only its at twice the price.

    Plus a souvenir book and the opportunity to buy exclusive merchandise, neither of which is available after the first 10 days. It might not be live, but to a huge contingent of fans the release of the film version of Dreamgirls is a huge event that that merits that treatment. If this were the release of Episode I, for example, I think it would make more sense to a lot of people. Well, this is another demographic’s Episode I. Bigger, in some ways. I’m not saying I think it’s a good idea or that I would pay it, I’m just saying I can see what their angle is.

  9. Suddenly I feel a little vindicated. I go to maybe two or three movies per year, and my DVD collection fits in a shoebox. Then again, I haven’t had the TV on in two years (I actually just bought one for the rare occasion that I actually want to watch the thing) and frankly, the whole media/film/star scene leaves me nonplussed. Oh, I appreciate the creativity and the energy that “the industry” brings to LA, but come on people – if someone is willing to pay $25 to see a movie at the Arclight (or $250 for that matter) – what does it really have to do with me??? Nothing at all. Now about that post from Wells — I see it as the exceedingly shrill spouting of the contents of an apparently underdeveloped, ego driven envious psyche… and I’m no doctor.

  10. It might not be live, but to a huge contingent of fans the release of the film version of Dreamgirls is a huge event that that merits that treatment. If this were the release of Episode I, for example, I think it would make more sense to a lot of people. Well, this is another demographic’s Episode I. Bigger, in some ways. I’m not saying I think it’s a good idea or that I would pay it, I’m just saying I can see what their angle is.

    I’m sure Dreamgirls will be big, but I really doubt that it has a following anywhere near as big as Star Wars, which has been a giant multi-million-dollar industry for the past thirty years.

    Also, I really hope George Lucas never sees this, because I’m sure he’d think it was a brilliant idea to re-release all his films in theaters yet again, only this time charging us double.

Comments are closed.