I have seen a number of you saying how rubbish the cinema is, and i would just like to counter with my own (recent) experience.
Yes, the price of a standard ticket is ridiculous. However my local big chain cinema has started (and i believe many other large chains offer similar) offering an 'all you can eat' pass, for less than the price of two full tickets a month. Since the beginning of March, I have seen 26 films for the price of about 12. I am seeing films that I would otherwise have not been interested in, and also finding that if I have nothing better to do, I will go to the cinema.
Yes, there are far too many adverts, especially considering how much you would pay for a standard ticket, but I am fortunate enough to live quite close to said multiplex, and I am able to time my journey so that I arrive after the adverts have started, but before the trailers. I was once caught out by this at a mid day showing where i arrived what i thought was going to be 15 minutes into the standard half an hour pre-film 'show' only to find the end of the last trail.
To combat the issues with people sitting in front of me, or noisy people, I have found that many films are shown at a variety of times, so i do not go when it is likely to be busy (Tuesday / Wednesday Friday nights are the worst, Monday / Thursday early evenings an Sunday mornings, are generally not too bad). Of those 26 films I have seen, twice I have been the only person in the screen, and there are often less than 15 other people (in screens that hold aprox 100 people)
I have wondered on occasion about the idea that, the films are expensive, so people don't go, so more adverts are put in to help pay for the films, and the prices go up, and fewer people go, or maybe it's just that many of the films that get a wide release these days are, in fact, utter bilge. Those 26 films, are not all works of art, some were very good, some were just a mostly entertaining way to spend a couple of hours. I could, if I so wished have easily doubled that number, but it would have involved watching some seriously questionable movies.
Like I said, this is my own (recent) experience, and understand that other people have had very different encounters with their local World of Cine. I am just trying to demonstrate that not all things are the same for all people. Sorry for the long post, and Hello to Jason Isaacs.