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Movie Show Times
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What points do you consider most when going out to see a movie (e.g., movie theme or content, ticket price, show times, theater seating and sound system, etc.)?

HELPFUL TIP: Ticket prices are often cheaper earlier in the day at movie theaters, so if you're on a budget, you might try going to the matinee (early afternoon) showing.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. How many minutes before show time does the box office open?
A. 25 minutes
B. 35 minutes
C. 45 minutes

2. What would be the next movie we could see if we arrived at the movie theaters at 3:30 p.m.?
A. Return to Mars II
B. Road Trip
C. Friends Forever

3. For a sixteen-year-old, how much does a ticket cost for the 4:15 p.m. showing of Go for the Gold.
A. $2.00
B. $4.50
C. $6.00

4. On which day could you take a family of five, and it would only cost them $10 for the entire family?
A. Tuesday
B. Thursday
C. Saturday

5. Look at the simple map of street corners. If the Richards Science Museum is found on corner A, on which corner are the Cinemas located?
A. B
B. C
C. D

A
B
C
D


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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Talk with a partner about your experience in going to a movie theater. Discuss the movie's plot, how much you paid for tickets, and the movie rating, if applicable, and why it deserved the rating. Search for a review of the movie in a newspaper or on the Internet and explain why you agree or disagree with the critic's opinion.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Checking movie reviews can be a useful way to help you decide on whether to watch a movie or not. Using the Internet, search for two Web sites that contain a review of a movie you want to see. Summarize what you learn about the movie including information about the plot, the main characters, the visual effects, and the acting.

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