I'm curious as to the price of the tickets. How much did you pay? It's been a while since I saw a move at a theater. My brother went to see Avatar because of a friend and paid $14 for the ticket and another 2-3 for the 3D glasses. For that price and I figure I'll let the interwebs tell me all about it in joke form.
Well, I actually bought the movie ($19.95) and watched it...I collect some movies and that's one I wanted.
Our local theater charges $2.25 for the matinee and only $4.50 (give or take)...but it's got a reputation for the movie usually messing up. Believe me, they more than make up for the cheap ticket prices on concession sales!
The nearest "nicer" theater charges $7 - $8. We don't go to that one too often. (We're "tightwads... )
But I would have had no problem paying $7 or so to see The Hurt Locker. It's well worth it (in my opinion).