By: Caitie Staff [Staff Writer]
For nearly one hundred years now, the weekend has had a special meaning for teenagers. In the beginning of the 1900s, it meant seeing Mickey Mouse and Buster Keaton in black and white. In the 21st century, it means watching Zac Efron or Kristen Stewart on the big screen in 3D. Weekend fun is bought for the price of tickets. For one student, though, these tickets equal a paycheck.
Isaac Frazier, junior, spends his weekends working at the Wehrenberg Galaxy 16. He usually cleans up after movies, picking up empty popcorn bowls and sweeping. The easier side of his job is collecting tickets when there are long lines for a new movie.
Isaac has stayed with his job for about six months, a millennium to restless teen guys, and an indication that he likes his work. “We get a free movie once a week and employee discounts on snacks,” he explained. The arrangement works well for him because he loves the popcorn.
Isaac hasn’t seen too many movies lately; the last one was “The Vow”. But the movie selection this month has improved greatly and he’s excited for at least one movie. “Project X. It’s gonna be good!” He briefly described the plot of a teen party that goes all wrong.
Every once in a while, Isaac sees his friend Bryan at the movies, but most people don’t come very often. “I think it’s kind of expensive,” he admitted. Teenagers don’t have the funds to spend $10.50 for a 3D ticket, or even $7.50 for normal showings. Twelve years ago, ticket prices were as low as $4.69, which is cheaper than a child’s ticket
Despite the high cost of food and tickets, Isaac enjoys working at the Galaxy, and he plans to continue working there throughout the entire summer. Prices, actors, and special effects have changed over the last century, but the thrill of sitting before the big screen hasn’t changed, and teenagers will continue to have fun at the cinema for years to come.