Posted on 09. Nov, 2010 by in All.

Sick of the “Real D” 3D Upcharge!

A huge hobby of mine is watching movies.  There is a rarely a time when I don’t have a movie on in the background of whatever I am doing at any given time.   I appreciate good films, and will even watch bad films.  There are very few that I can honestly say I do not like and will watch anything.

I joke with people that I have to be one of Netflix’s most hated customers, because I watch my movies so fast and send them back so that another can be mailed to my front door.  I can even be found watching a movie while working out at the gym on the elliptical or stationary bike.

While watching movies at home is great, I really enjoy going to the theatre.  There are very few distractions there for me and I can curl up in a chair with a bag of popcorn and give the flick my undivided attention.  I also feel that attending the movies is something you can do alone, since you can’t talk to any friends that came with you anyways.

But the new craze in today’s society is starting to drive me nuts.  I feel like every other movie that gets released is in “3D.”  Now don’t get me wrong, I do agree the picture is a lot better, and at times things flying at your head are cool.  I also don’t mind having to wear a pair of black plastic glasses throughout the movie.  What really gets me is the extra $5 upcharge on top of an already overpriced movie that you HAVE to pay.

The bright side is that a good majority of these “3D” movies are also available in regular 2D, giving the customer a choice of which they would like to pay for.  I experienced this within the last few months with movies like Megamind and Despicable Me.   But then there are films like Jackass 3D or Saw 3D that are ONLY shown that way meaning you have to pay the extra fee each time.

I feel the solution is out there, just needs to be accepted.  One, the producer and disturber of the movie could just eat the extra cost of the 3D technology to have a better film and not charge the additional fee.  Or the one that probably makes more sense, is to initiate the fee one time, then encourage patrons to bring their 3D glasses back to the theatre the next time so that the fee is waved.

Ads during the movie, and plastered all over the walls are “To Go Green and Please Recycle Your Real D 3D Glasses After the Film.”  BUT, if I were to put them in my pocket, and bring them back, why not forget about the additional $5 fee and let me see the movie for regular price?

Sorry to rant and rave, but this has been bothering me the last few visits to the movie theatre and wanted to put my thoughts and ideas on paper.  Feel free to agree or disagree with me in the comment section or by emailing me at

Black Plastic 3D glasses

I may just wear these out in public

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