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Frank Cox
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Cineplex wants to start charging moviegoers more money for the best theatre seats

TORONTO — Movie exhibitor Cineplex Inc. said Wednesday it will soon launch a test program in Toronto that allows moviegoers to pay a premium price for the best seats in the house.

That is, the two rows in the centre of a theatre that are considered the sweet spot for cinephiles.

Chief executive Ellis Jacob also said the company wants to grow its arcade business.

Jacob told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting that gaming “presents a real opportunity” as it looks to grow beyond just movie theatres.

Jacob says Cineplex plans to continue testing the concept with several arcades, called Xscape, located inside its theatres.

The gaming centres feature popular racing games and billiards, and let winners exchange their points for prizes. By the end of the year Cineplex aims to have 16 locations across the country.

Jacob says if the concept proves successful, Cineplex will consider expanding outside movie theatres with either standalone arcades or a sports bar concept.

Recent reports have suggested that Cineplex has partnered with private equity firm Onex Corp. to make an offer for U.S. restaurant and arcade chain Dave and Buster’s.

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Marcel Birgelen
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I've got my own opinions about such practices, especially the way they announce it: It ALLOWS them to pay a premium. Sure, they must have been literally begging for it! Now it *allows* them to pay more for the same service!

But it's not like "tiered seating" is something new, it has been around in many forms as long as theaters exist...

In my experience though, those aren't the most popular seats in the average theater, for some reason, many people want to sit as far back as possible.

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Mike Blakesley
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If they really want to get GOOD publicity out of it, instead of bad, they should also REDUCE the price on the crappy seats.

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Paul Mayer
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Some airlines have started doing that too, charging extra for window and aisle seats as well as for the first few rows in each cabin.

"When you got 'em by the short hairs, their hearts and minds will follow..." [evil]

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Terry Lynn-Stevens
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Cineplex has 74% of the Canadian market share, they block access to competitors, there are no real large competitors in the Canadian market and 30% of customers are already paying premium prices for AVX, IMAX or VIP.

Ticket prices are $24.99 at some locations and just recently they raised prices to $12.50 outside the DT Toronto market.

People will pay for it.

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Justin Hamaker
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If this is something that was offered during prime weekend shows, I could see where it might have some traction. The problem is it would only work during times that an auditorium would normally be full enough for those seats to otherwise be taken.

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Claude S. Ayakawa
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I am very grateful I only pay a Senior Admission of $7.50 and $4.00 more for 3-D here in Honolulu at all Regal Theatres shows both day and night [Smile]


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