Film Prices Spur Ticket Picket

A small band of online consumer advocates is attempting to turn this Friday the 13th into a nightmare for exhibitors and movie studios. The activist group, calling itself, is spreading its message via e-mail and its Web site pleading that consumers not see a movie Friday in order to protest the high price of tickets.

It’s calling the effort the National Ticket Picket. expects its site to be up and running today; its online home has been at

“Thousands and thousands” visited the site in the past 24 hours, said spokesman Mark Jonathan Davis, and hundreds of e-mails were sent asking that recipients pass the word along to boycott movies Friday. “Hey, we control our entertainment dollars, and we don’t want to spend $10 at the boxoffice,” Davis said.

The Hollywood Reporter