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 (5)

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.

Manwithnoname on January 5, 2004 at 2:18 pm

There is no way on God’s green Earth I would pay $10.50 to see a movie in a neighborhood multiplex. However, Pacific may be spurred on by the success of their Arclight complex in Hollywood. Most of the time, you can catch a first run, revival or any number of special screenings (including How The West Was Won in 3-strip Cinerama) for $11.00. Certain times are $14.00. Parking is free for 4 hrs. The theaters are clean, comfortable and the projection is as good as the print will allow. Seats are reserved and may be purchased online on their own website with NO service fee. There are no commercials and only a few previews before the show which is always introduced by one of the staff members who remain in the theater to ensure temperature and projection remain to standard. If the film you want is in the Cinerama Dome, you will also see it on one of the largest screens in the country. There is a gift shop, cafe and exhibits. A showing of “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” followed by a Q&A with George Clooney for $11.00? You betcha.

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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