Why are movies open on Christmas?

Traditionally the only things open on Christmas are Chinese food & movie theaters. Yes, some fancier restaurants are open, but they usually are independent restaurants & not chains. There’s a few NBA games, but not a full schedule & even then they’re limited to a handful of major cities so the majority of people can’t go there. The NHL is off today.
So why are movie theaters almost universally open on Christmas? Unlike Chinese restaurants, you’d think the majority of employees are Christian. Why are they the only piece of the entertainment industry open today?

It’s one of my favorite days to go. No one is there.

No one is there? My friend went to see hunger games today and told me it was packed.

Because not everyone in America is Christian

Because some Christians celebrate on Christmas Eve

Because some Christians live far from family and gift opening only takes a short time and then you have the rest of the day to do other things

Add all those sums and you get a lot of people who want to go to the movies on the national holiday that is Christmas Day.

I worked in movie theatres for 10 years, from the mid-80s to the mid-90s. We always had a lot of customers on Christmas day. Not everyone celebrates in the same way.

Theatres are n the business of making if they can make on chrismas they will try to do so.

I understand that but I think you missed my point. Why only movies & not musuems, or bowling, or hockey, or laser tag, or…

Why are (almost) all movie theaters open today while the rest of the entertainment world isn’t?

There’s already a thread about this in Cafe Society.

It’s been awhile since I was in the US for Christmas – 1993 to be exact – but the cinemas always seemed busy on that day. Not every family likes to spend Christmas at home.

It may be because movie theaters require a small staff relative to the number of people being entertained. With digital projectors, is there even a need for someone to staff the projection booth anymore? I imagine that role could be largely automated. So you need a couple of people at the ticket booth, perhaps a ticket-tearer and a couple of people at the concession stand.

I don’t think a Christmas-themed light show would be enough for a bowling alley or ice rink to make comparable premium on revenue to a movie theater on Christmas offering a new Star Wars movie, so they may as well let their employees enjoy the holiday. Unless the museum features a north pole exhibit with sleigh rides for the kids, I doubt it would garner a premium on daily revenue either.

And another reason to seek a premium on daily revenue is you’re paying employees 150% to 200% their standard wage.

Going to the movies is a great activity for a first date. You are spending time with your date, possibly someone you don’t know all that well, but you have no direct communication for about two hours. All that time you don’t have to struggle to make conversation, and once the movie is over you have at least one thing to talk about - the movie.

The same principle holds for spending Christmas with a bunch of relatives when you’d rather be somewhere else. What to do together? The movies!

I remember a few holidays where my dad took us out to the movies while my mom stayed home and prepared dinner. This was during the ages where we were more nuisance than useful.

The one year I worked at a movie theater, I worked on Christmas, and I’m a Christian. A Christian who likes double time pay!

“I remember when Jews Go To The Movies Day was all about Jews going to the movies!” - Jon Stewart

Not much else is going on, either, so why not?

My room mate worked for a movie theater chain for some years (this was before her stint at a gas station, if you’re keeping score) and Christmas was always their busiest day with Thanksgiving a close second. It was more so in the morning (10am or so) then slack off a bit from 1pm to about 5, then come on strong again in the evening. We figured the morning surge was the women getting husbands and kids from under foot so they can get some work done in an already crowded kitchen.

I have a little chart tacked to my wall to keep a tally of your roommate’s job history. Thanks for the update. One more empty slot filled.

Years ago, I was visiting my folks over Christmas break. On Christmas eve, we decided to go out an see a movie (we’re Jewish). As we walked towards the theater, I said to my Dad “You know, there’s only going to be Jews at the theater,” and he said “Oh, lots of Christians go out to the movies on Christmas eve.” We walked into the theater, and as we rounded the corner, the first thing we saw was the back of three heads, each wearing a yarmulke. I turned to my Dad, and looked at him, and I thought he was going to bust a gut! He said “OK, you win!”

Movies are expensive. For some families, going to a movie theater is a special event. Everyone going to a movie together on Christmas can be a family tradition.

And there’s also people who aren’t celebrating Christmas. Some families aren’t Christian. Some people don’t have families or are separated from them. Going to a movie on Christmas is a way of distracting yourself from the fact that you’re not participating in a traditional celebration.

We saw A Star is Born on Christmas. No problem with that at all. Might do it again some decade (like when the next remake comes out?).

Most movies had more money yesterday than any other weekday this week. Plus there were several openers making the total box office even higher.