SEATTLE – Some are calling it Hollywood robbery.
Some theaters in New York City tried to charge $20 a ticket to the IMAX version of the new "Shrek" movie, but backed down to 19 dollars after some bad publicity.
The prices aren't much lower for movies in Western Washington.
At Seattle's Meridian 16 theaters, tickets to "Shrek Forever After" in 3-D costs $14.50 for an adult and $11.50 for a child.
"It's really outrageous for a family," said one moviegoer.
For a family of four, that's $52. By the time you get your concessions, a night at the movies could reach $100.
It was just ten years ago that movie watchers felt they were getting shafted by the opening of "Shaft." Tickets then were $8.
Price jumps today are being driven, in part, by the 3-D boom. As the New York Daily News puts it, 3-D stands for "Dig Deeper, Dude,"
Add IMAX to the mix and it gets even pricier. At the Regal Thornton Place near Northgate, Shrek 3-D in IMAX is $17.50 per ticket.
If you want a more reasonably priced alternative, the Seattle International Film Festival is in full swing. Tickets start at $6 for students and goes up to $11 for adults.