Gallup: Movie Fans Complain About Costs — But Attendance Grows

By: E&P Staff

A new Gallup poll released today finds that while movie attendance is up slightly this year, Americans offer plenty of things about the experience that bug them.

The cost of going to the movies is the most-mentioned drawback, cited by 36%. Others also mention crowded theaters, the noise of people talking and — as home viewing becomes more popular — what Gallup calls “the inconvenience of going to theaters.”

Only 4% cited movies lacking “quality or variety.”

Americans saw an average of five movies this past year, up from about four the previous year but still down from the six of 2004.

Eighteen percent of Americans say they dislike nothing about the movies.

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