Oct. 03--Some people don't feel they should have to enter another dimension when they visit Carmike Cinema at night.
When Carmike has two versions of a film, the film shown at night is usually the 3-D version.
That's because the film companies want 3-D films showing when the most people are going to be there, said Carmike manager Chris Osborn.
"The general rule is that they want their 3-D shows played at the premium times, which are the later shows," Osborn said.
That rule applies at most theaters nationwide, except perhaps for mom-and-pop operations, Osborn said.
Most of the time, the 2-D and 3-D versions play in the same theater at Carmike. It depends on how many theaters Carmike has available and the popularity of the movie.
"It really depends on the movie," he said.
Do people complain they can't see 2-D films at night?
"It happens every once in a while, yeah."
Sometimes, the 3-D and 2-D versions will be playing all day in different theaters. In those cases, ticketbuyers can see a 2-D film at night.
An example of that is "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2." Carmike has two prints of the film -- one 2-D and one 3-D, so each print is running in a different auditorium.
"I try and do that when I get two prints of it," Osborn said.
Some parents take their kids to 3-D films because their kids prefer them.
Tricia Mortenson, who has three children, doesn't have a problem with 3-D. Those films are "something different for the kids," she said.
But cost is a factor. If Rachel Bruns had a choice, she'd go to a 2-D film.
Bruns has two boys, ages 3 and 6. If her boys weren't coming with her, she'd go to the 2-D version.
"I don't want to wear glasses the whole time," she said.
Amanda Stewart, the mother of two, would steer her 6-year-old daughter to a 2-D film.
"Because my daughter has glasses, and she can't wear glasses over them," she said.
If her kids were staying home, Stewart would still choose 2-D because at 3-D films, "you pay for glasses," she said.
A 3-D film costs $2.50 more than a regular film.
Osborn said some people don't like 3-D films in general. They don't like the way the film looks. Or they say watching 3-D films gives them a headache.
One woman said, if she had an option, she'd take her 6-year-old daughter to a 3-D film, "Because that's what she would want."
As for her own tastes, she avoids 3-D films.
"I don't have to have something jumping out at me," she said. "I'm good."
Because the school year has begun, Carmike now has two showings of each film Monday through Thursday -- at roughly 4 and 7 p.m. The hours expand on the weekend.
More showings will return at Thanksgiving and during Christmas vacation, Osborn said.
One benefit of seeing a 3-D film is you get to keep the glasses.
Mortenson said there's a couple of pairs of 3-D glasses at her house. Her 7-year-old daughter likes to wear them.
"They haven't broken yet," Mortenson said.
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