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Movie ticket sales soar during the recession

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FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove  — Burbank

 If you haven’t caught a flick at a movie theater recently, then you are one of the few. While other industries are being slammed by the recession, the Hollywood Box Office is being stoked by it. In an article over on the Variety website, Motion Picture Association of America Chairman/CEO Dan Glickman explained: “Movies have become an extraordinary escape valve.”

According to the article, movie attendance is up 9 % this year. In 2008, the average cost of a movie ticket in the U.S. was $7.18. Now that really sounds like a super deal to me. Recently, I popped into a local cinema to see the corporate spy thriller romance, “Duplicity,” during an afternoon matinee for $9.50. The price was not dirt cheap, but still a bargain just the same.

 Also, I have to say the Hollywood studios and production companies are doing a boffo job of filling the theaters with interesting and diverse movies. Not every film is a gem, but there haven’t been a lot of duds either. So it’s pretty much a win-win situation for all. 

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