Spending money to go to the movies nowadays is a very costly venture. The price for two people for an evening showing of the latest and greatest motion picture experience can run you nearly $20, and that’s before you start figuring in things like drinks, popcorn, and candy. If you decide to grab some snacks to enjoy during the feature, here’s hoping you have enough in your bank account to cover the transactions. In case you haven’t heard, it’s going to cost you. A lot.
The Los Angeles Times reports that movie ticket prices in both the United States and Canada have increased a bit since last year. Prospective moviegoers can expect to pay on average of $8.12 per ticket, as compared to the $8.06 they were paying around the same time last year. If you live in Los Angeles, paying a little over eight bucks for a ticket might sounds downright heavenly; the average cost of a ticket in this industry-heavy city is around $10.
Keep in mind that this price is just an average for regular two-dimensional movies. If you wish to upgrade your cinematic experience to the third dimension, you’re probably going to pay more as a result. Seeing a film on an IMAX screen is going to hurt your wallet, as well.
According to Cinema Blend, the average cost of attending a theatrical showing of a new Hollywood effort was just $5.80 in 2002. It’s kind of funny and a little depressing that we’ve started discussing the price of movie tickets in much the same way we talk about gas prices.
Nowadays, I’d rather wait for a film to arrive on DVD, Blu-ray, or video-on-demand before checking it out. Since I consume a wide variety of motion pictures are a regular basis, this allows my entertainment budget to stretch a bit further. If a movie demands to be seen on the big screen, I’ll certainly splurge. However, I’m not as willing to toss as much money as I used to at the North American box office.
Are movie ticket prices too high, or is this simply just another example of inflation in motion?