NYC Ticket Prices Hit $10.25

posted by Patrick Crowley on December 30, 2003 at 7:21 am

NEW YORK, NY — Ticket prices at NYC movie theaters have broken the $10 dollar barrier for the first time, according to During the past week, both Loews Cineplex and United Artists have raised ticket prices by 25 cents, bringing adult admissions to $10.25 per ticket.

“In comparison to other entertainment options, movie ticket prices are modest and remain one of the most affordable out of home entertainment activities,” Loews spokesman John McCauley said Monday.

What do you think? Is this increase reasonable? Comment below.

Comments (4)

bbin3d on December 30, 2003 at 10:53 am

I think the price increase is outrageous. Pacific Theatres in Los Angeles is topping that price by charging $10.50 in the evenings with the so called bargain matinee at $8.50. To top it off Pacific shows a whole bunch of commercials before the movie begins.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on December 30, 2003 at 1:14 pm

The chains have a right to make money, but higher prices are making first-run theaters increasingly less competitive. It’s no surprise that the DVD format has become so popular in recent years — in some cases, the price of a DVD is equal to (or even less than) a full-price theater ticket.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on December 30, 2003 at 1:32 pm

Another reason why this price increase isn’t welcome in New York — if you want to get tickets for a Friday or Saturday night show, you have to buy them very early in the day, either in person or online. If you buy them online, the movie ticket websites add a $1.50 surcharge to your ticket. So, with the latest increase, that brings your total to $11.75. Add in a soda and popcorn, and you’re easily spending $20 per person.

brighton84 on February 2, 2004 at 2:33 pm

Central London (UK) cinemas (Odeon Leicester Square, Odeon West End, Empire etc., have been charging £10.50 ($16US) for some time past!!

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