Posted by: ckckred | October 13, 2013

What Do You Think About Movie Prices?


Partially inspired by my recent post about 3-D, I thought I’d ask what do you think about movie ticket prices?

I’m sure I won’t be alone in thinking that prices are too high.  I typically go to three different theaters, a multiplex or two small art-house ones.  The multiplex sells high-priced tickets, about $11 a piece (3-D and IMAX go even higher), which is high enough for a single person, not to mention multiple people.  The art-house theaters are a little more generous, with $8 a ticket, but that’s still kind of expensive.  Not to mention the snacks are very high-priced.

But what do you think?



  1. Well, here, in Portugal, a normal ticket will cost around 6 euros, without the popcorn and the soda, so it will be the equivalent of a dinner somewhere… I don’t pay that price because I have a discount, so I pay two tickets for a price of one. So, If I go with a friend we divide the price and its about 3 euros each (ps: without popcorn and soda) And I don’t watch 3D movies, because of the 3D extra tax… + 2 euros… I mean.. Its a scandal, really, and they’re complaining about losing viewers in movie theaters…and they’re complaining about piracy… well, its just too damn expensive to go see a movie at the theater nowadays… I personaly choose very carefuly the movies I want to see in the big screen, to make my ticket worth while… 😦

    • Thanks for the comment. Ticket prices are just so high that’s it’s hard to see movies these days. Now I’m more concerned on which movie I’ll see as well.

  2. Here in Australia, it’s about $13 for an adult-price ticket. And 3D costs much more. Imax prices are laughably expensive. Plus popcorn and a drink can be about $10 for both, or more, depending on the cinema you go to. Absolutely ridiculous! I’m lucky that I tend to get cinema vouchers for my birthday/Christmas, so I use them if I feel the burning desire to go to the cinema. No wonder audience sizes are declining over time.

    • Thanks for the comment. It is ridiculous how high the prices are and the fact the snack bar has prices jammed up doesn’t help either.

  3. I really hate it. I truly believe the studios are pricing themselves out of existence in movie theaters. Yeah, I grudgingly pay it (though I watch out and try to attend matinee pricing) for films I really want to see, but wonder how long that’s going to work.

    • I agree, it’s crazy how high the prices are. They won’t stop me from seeing any films, but have made me more concerned on what movies I’m seeing.

  4. Did you know if you apply inflation to the prices of cinema tickets they have stayed roughly the same for 20 years. Shocking right? 😀

    • Thanks for the comment. That is shocking, I can’t believe it.

  5. Too high, of course, especially for bringing the entire fam. I was very excited by the idea of bringing my 3 girls to see the re-release of Wizard of Oz in 3D but the $16 per head crushed my spirits…not worth $64 to me and sorry I had to pass it up. I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy it at that price.

    • Thanks for the comment. It’s amazing how high prices are today. I had to pay $18 a ticket to see Prometheus in IMAX 3-D.

  6. Living in the UK it’s obviously different with pounds and pence instead of dollars and cents. I pay a monthly fee and can see as many movies as I like. Two visits a month pays for it so I certainly gets my money’s worth. I think Spielberg’s recent thoughts about us paying different rates for movies depending on their budget is interesting, although ultimately reductive.

    • Thanks for the comment. I’ve been thinking about getting into one of those monthly programs since they save a lot of money. It is an interesting idea of pricing a movie ticket based on the budget, though I’m sure theaters won’t be up to the idea.

  7. I would like to see really low prices. $2 off the regular price isn’t exactly a discount in the long run. I shelled out $30 for Gravity in IMAX 3D the other day for two screenings without concessions. Worth it, but not for other movies. I know that the prices have kept me from going out to the theater so when I go, the movie had better be worth the money I’m paying.

    • Thanks for the comment. I’m also concerned on what I’m spending my money on. I shelled out $17 for a 3-D screening of Gravity and it was worth every penny.

  8. I paid $19.50 to see Gravity in IMAX 3D. Do I think they’re too high? Yes. Would I pay it again? Yes. So there you are.

    • Thanks for the comment. Saw Gravity yesterday and I paid $17 for a regular 3-D ticket. It was over-priced, but watching the film it was worth it.

  9. I usually try to go to matinee showings, which are only $5 in my town, which I don’t think is a bad deal at all. And since I never go to 3D shows, I never have to worry about the jacked up cost for those movies, either. Normal ticket prices range from 7.50 – 10.25 in my town, which I used to be extremely stingy about avoiding, but I’ve found myself on occasion being willing to pay the prices to see a movie on opening night lately. It’s not TOO bad, not for just myself at least, but certainly not ideal at all.

    • Thanks for the comment. Matinees are a great way to save money.

  10. I don’t mind paying the ticket price. If I wan’t to see a movie bad enough I’ll cough up the $$ for it. My only problem is that more often than not I’m paying to hear people talk during the film or sit on their phones the entire time. THAT pisses me off.

    • Thanks for the comment. Yeah, what annoys me the most about theaters today is how rude audiences are. I’ve told a few people who have talked during movies to be quiet.

  11. Here in the UK, we can pay anything from £8 to £15 for a mulitplex ticket, which is absurd. That’d be over $20 a ticket I think. If you end up going as a family it can end up being a really expensive trip out. Having said that, I still pay it!

    • $20 a ticket! Now that makes what I pay look cheap.

      If it’s a movie I really want to see, I will undoubtedly pay for it. Recently, though, I’m more concerned what I’m watching.

  12. I dream of ticket prices being the equivalent of US$8-11! Which is to say, I agree with you, but I’d happily take what you’re paying.

    I’m on the same scheme as Three Rows Back above (it’s about US$30/month for a subscription and can see as many movies as I want at that chain of cinemas), which works out for multiplex fodder, but if I want to see a movie in an arthouse cinema then I’d be looking at the equivalent of around US$15-20, and it would be more for the really central London cinemas…

    • Thanks for the comment. I’m thinking about getting one of those theater subscriptions. It’s getting really expensive paying for those costly tickets these days.

  13. Yeah here in Australia it is a rip off. I think around $14 for a standard ticket, plus a few bucks more for 3D. It is far too expensive. That said it is one of those things that I don’t really have to think about because I have a media pass. So whilst there are different conditions for the different cinemas, I only pay for about 10% of the films I see. So whilst I want lower ticket prices so more cinemas thrive, ticket prices barely effect me.

    • Thanks for the comment. I agree, if the prices were lowered, a lot more people could see new films. That’s a great deal for buying movie tickets.

      • Yeah it is. I am pretty lucky that one of the film critics associations in Australia (there are 2) allow non-professionals to join.

  14. Movies are sooo expensive these days, I think $10 bucks is the cheapest for non-matinee, more for 3D obviously. That’s why I can’t imagine people still buying snacks from the concession stands, that’s a total rip off! Fortunately I’m on the press list so I don’t pay for movies but once in a while I still do go to the movies if there’s no press screenings & I’m always surprised how expensive it is.

    • Thanks for the comment. It’s crazy how expensive most films are. I can maybe understand the ticket prices, but the snack bar drives me insane.

  15. I dont go to the cinema unless I HAVE to, you know, for an Anchorman 2 or something Id make the effort, but otherwise its too expensive. 😦

    • Thanks for the comment. I agree, cinemas shouldn’t be jacking up on prices; it’s hurting themselves.

  16. Well, over here in the Netherlands the biggest chain offers Unlimited plans in two flavors. One is for normal movies, which is 19 euros a month, the other one is a “Gold” version which also includes 3D and Imax, which is 26 euros a month.

    With both of these you also get a discount on any drinks/candy you buy. So if you go to the cinema at least twice a month they are really worth it as they are really unlimited plans…so if I want to go to every showing there is, I could. So basically I don’t have a big issue with prices as you can imagine. I think 19 euros a month (the one I have) is a very good deal. My problem is that I don’t always have the time available to see two movies a month at the cinema 😉

    • Thanks for the comment. That sounds like a pretty great deal.

  17. I can use my college ID for $5.50 movie tickets, regardless of the day. 3D and IMAX are still overpriced, but the very few films I would consider seeing in those formats are well worth the price in my opinion.

    • Thanks for the comment. That’s a great way to save a lot of money.

  18. Movies tickets are expensive here unless you go on the cheap Tuesdays then they come to $5 or 6. I never go on that day due to the crowds but normal tickets are $11.75 and usually goes up to about $14 for 3D. However, the megaplex near my place due to being in the suburbs are mostly French-dubbed movies and the majority of English movies are now in the new concept of VIP cinemas where the ticket costs $18.75 with service at your seat for snacks (and you need to pay extra for that) and wider and softer seats, etc. Still, thats one of the reasons I haven’t been to the theatre lately. Thats pretty pricey for a movie…

    • Thanks for the comment. Yeah, that is really expensive.

  19. I try to do matinees and “discount days” whenever possible simply because tickets are so expensive these days. I did my first IMAX movie last week — Gravity — and it cost $40 for two tickets. Great movie, but that price was ridiculous. Even the $10-12 it costs for a normal ticket here seems too high.

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