Yoda and I went to the flicks last weekend. It was a primarily forgettable film – Hot Tub Time Machine – but it was okay. People have been complaining about the prices they pay for food and drink at cinemas for years. But last weekend I experienced the ultimate rip off from Hoyts Cinema.
Whatever else I buy from the Candy Bar when I go to the movies, I must ALWAYS have a Choc Top. It’s a tradition, a ritual. Going back to the 70s for me. I love my Choc Tops! I did the same last weekend at Hoyts Broadway. Lined up for the usual appallingly slow service at the Candy Bar to buy my Choc Top.
Yes that’s right – Hoyts are now charging $5.20 for a bog-standard Vanilla Choc Top! Have a look at the photo above – there’s nothing special about this Choc Top from Hoyts. It is a standard, mediocre-sized Choc Top. And they’re charging $5.20 for it.
Well that’s one rip-off too many for me. I’ve already cut down my visits to the movies with ticket prices around $17 but, from now on, if I do go and I want an ice-cream, I’ll pop into an adjacent supermarket or convenience store and buy something.
Hoyts: BIG FAIL!