According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures recently announced they’ll stop footing the bill for 3D glasses used by theater-goers at their films. The announcement has simultaneously confirmed my suspicions and blown the cover for movie theaters.
On the one hand, I would never suggest anyone intervene on movie theater prices. What theaters charge for a movie is the owners’ and studios’ prerogative. At the same time, since the 3D renaissance, we’ve been told that the $3-$5 added to the ticket price was to “pay for the glasses.” In the back of my mind, I always wondered why this fee couldn’t be waived if we kept our glasses and brought them back to the next movie. The explanation is simple: the fee didn’t pay for the glasses—which apparently only cost about $0.50 per pair. Instead, it was just an extra fee.
If theaters want to charge extra for a “premium experience” that’s fine, but just admit it instead of pretending I’m getting $3 worth of 3D glasses at each movie.