General Listening Quiz

“Movie Show Times”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate movie show times man 01:24

Pre-Listening Exercise

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.)?


go over like a lead balloon” = fail terribly
I told the group that I wanted to watch a western movie, but the idea went over like a lead balloon.”

shake like a leaf” = be very scared
She won’t admit it, but she was shaking like a leaf during parts of that horror movie.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

How many minutes before show time does the box office open?

Box office opens 45 minutes before show time.

The movie, Friends Forever, is rated ____.

Friends Forever, rated G, at 12:10, 2:00, 3:50, 6:15, and 8:30. Run time, 1 hour 32 minutes.

For a sixteen-year-old, how much does a ticket cost for the 4:15 p.m. showing of Go for the Gold.

Matinee tickets are $2.00 before 4:00 p.m. for all patrons. Regular tickets are $6.00 for adults, $2.50 for children 3-11, and $4.50 for ages 12-17.

All tickets are $2.00 on _____.

All tickets on Tuesdays are $2.00.

The movie theater is located downtown at 1313 South ____ East.

We're located downtown on 1313 South 260 East, kitty-corner the Richards Science Museum.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

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.

Online Investigation

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.