In the two years that I’ve lived in Mexico, I’ve never gone to the movies. It’s not that I don’t like movies – I love them. I just prefer watching them in the comfort of my own home where I have access to a refrigerator full of snacks and I can pause the action whenever I have to go to the bathroom.
That all changed this week when a good friend from Florida visited us. When I asked him what he wanted to do while he was in Mexico, he responded that he wanted to see the movie Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I know, I couldn’t believe it either.
Although I would have preferred to go to the beach, I always try to accommodate the wishes of our guests. So, if you think about it, I’m kind of like Mr. Roarke on that old TV show Fantasy Island.
I’m sure I just lost the younger readers by referencing a show that was cancelled in 1984. I’m really showing my age here.
I chose the Cinemex theater in Playa del Carmen because they were showing the movie we wanted in both English and Spanish. There were fewer showing times for the English version and it was subtitled in Spanish.
Some of the other movies didn’t have an English option. For example, Fast and Furious 8 was only being shown in Spanish. If you don’t speak Spanish but you’re really good at reading lips, this might still be a viable option for you.
Obviously I’m kidding with the whole lip reading thing. But seriously, if you plan on living in Mexico, you should really make an effort to learn the language. It’ll be worth it — trust me.
I stopped going to the movies in the U.S. because the prices were getting ridiculous. Between the tickets and the concession stand, the experience usually set me back about $30-$40 USD. That just doesn’t pass the thrifty test.
That certainly isn’t the case here in Mexico. Two adult tickets to the movie only cost us $84 pesos or $4.46 USD. At that price, I could afford to see a movie several times a week.
The concessions were also reasonably priced — well, reasonably priced considering it’s a theater and that’s where the majority of the profits come from. Here are some examples:
Nachos: $49 pesos ($2.60 USD)
Hot Dog: $45 pesos ($2.39 USD)
Large popcorn + large drink + candy bar: $117 pesos ($6.22 USD)
The whole experience, including tickets and food, ended up costing less than $15 USD. That’s not bad at all.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie-going experience in Mexico and I think I’ll go back soon. It was a nice break from the heat of the day and it definitely passed the thrifty test.
Just in case you were wondering, I did eventually take my friend to the beach.