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Re: [Phys-l] A geek's observations on "Avatar"

Why can't you use them the next time you go to the theatre?


Joel Rauber, Ph.D 
Professor and Head of Physics
Department of Physics
South Dakota State University
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-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:phys-l-] On Behalf Of LaMontagne, Bob
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 8:35 PM
To: Forum for Physics Educators
Subject: Re: [Phys-l] A geek's observations on "Avatar"

As pointed out by others on the list, the non-IMAX versions - Beowulf
was mentioned - sell the glasses for $2-4 and you can take them home.
You can't use them the next time you go to the theater, however. The
theater is really charging for the premium charged to them to lease the
3-D films. They are basically giving you the glasses. As Leigh pointed
out, the cheaper glasses are destroyed after use.

Except for blockbusters like Avatar, theaters lose money on ticket
sales. They rely on the concession stand to make their profit. That is
why they constantly try to "upsell" you when you get drinks, popcorn,
etc. It's a survival thing for them.

Back to the movie, there's some interesting physics that occurs when
the indigenous people fall from the trees and manage to survive. They
live on a low gravity planet - which accounts for their tallness - and
the gigantic trees and other flora.

Bob at PC

From: [phys-l-] On Behalf Of Bernard Cleyet
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 1:50 PM
To: Forum for Physics Educators
Subject: Re: [Phys-l] A geek's observations on "Avatar"

Some thieves, perhaps, would purchase if offered for sale as souvenirs;
are they?


p.s. at one time (ca. the fifties) the overhead was partially
determined by the number of viewers; no longer?

On 2010, Jan 04, , at 06:22, LaMontagne, Bob wrote:

The theft is a real problem. Last night they could not fill their
showings of Avatar because of theft of the glasses. Their losses were
not only the expense of the glasses themselves but also the loss of
income from customers they had to turn away. Movie theaters work on low
margins, so any loss of customers is a serious concern.

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