In spite of the fact that anyone can buy a pirated DVD of just about any movie, there are still many people who thoroughly enjoy the experience of the wide screen and surround sound. There are many theaters that offer supreme seating comfort and great popcorn. Prices run from 70-80 RMB for early shows and many Tuesday shows, to 100-150 RMB for prime-time show times. Tickets can be purchased in advance for movies showing the current day only (you must do this in person at the cinema's ticket office) – you cannot buy tickets for the next day's screenings. In addition, online ticket sales have not appeared yet.
Movies in Shanghai will show foreign movies in the original language – there is almost no dubbing of voices. Of course, the government censors are actively keeping out movies that star actors who pursue activities the government believes are detrimental to Chinese people (such as Tibet, Tienanmen Square, and other issues). Censors will also reject movies that do not cut their sex scenes. They have been known to reject movies or parts of movies that show China in what they consider to be a bad light, such as Mission Impossible 3.
DVD rentals are virtually nonexistent in Shanghai. There are thousands of street vendors selling the latest Western movies long before they come to Asian cinemas.