Moviegoer Poll: Should Movie Soundtracks and Toys Be Sold in Theaters?

Moviegoer Poll is a weekly theater-related discussion post here at Fandango where we talk about the past, present and future of moviegoing.


In my totally righteous cool-kid circles (ie: the two lazy dudes I watch football with each week), there's been lots of talk recently about movie soundtracks. That tends to happen when Quentin Tarantino has a new movie coming out (check out the entire Django Unchained soundtrack listing here), but aside from him there have been some pretty decent soundtracks these past couple months. I dug The Perks of a Wallflower soundtrack, as well as the one for The Man with the Iron Fists. Soundtracks have been so popular as of late that my buddies and I began wondering why you couldn't buy a movie soundtrack in theaters.

That nugget of an idea naturally lead me to wonder why you can't really buy anything related to a movie in a theater unless there's a special promotion announced ahead of time. Movie theaters aren't like rock concerts or Broadway musicals where outside the show there's a kiosk set up with all kinds of t-shirts, hats, toys and soundtracks available for purchase.

Considering most theaters are looking to enhance the experience of watching a movie on the big screen, it might be smart to give people the option to purchase a soundtrack as they're leaving the theater, or perhaps a toy related to the latest children's film your kids are freaking out over. Yes, it's extra money out of your pocket, but it might be wise for theaters to figure out some sort of incentive, like your movie ticket gets you 15% off, or a large popcorn gets you 20% off. I think I'd be down with that.

So that's what I want to talk about this weekend. Do you think movie theaters should offer kiosks that sell related products, like movie soundtracks, hats, t-shirts, or other goodies? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and have a great weekend at the movies!

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