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How much does it cost to see a movie?

We paid only Cdn\$4.25 a ticket at Garden City Cinema here in Winnipeg when we watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire this past weekend. I don’t know if it’s because we caught the matinee. The last time my three kids and I went to the movies, we paid Cdn\$8.50 each. Well, I’m not complaining.

This is how much we spent: (\$ = Cdn\$)

Tickets \$4.25 x 4 = \$ 17.00 (taxes included)

Large popcorn \$5.79 x 2 = \$11.58
Extra butter \$0.25 x 2 = \$0.50
Small Kool-aid \$3.29 x 3 = \$9.87
7% GST (goods & services tax) = \$1.54
7% PST (provincial sales tax) = \$1.54

Total = \$42.03

We couldn’t forego the overpriced popcorn and drinks. My kids don’t see the point of going to the movies without these. If you will notice, we shared the popcorn and I didn’t buy drinks for myself.

We saved \$17.00 this time, ticket was half price. Otherwise, we would have spent \$59.03. Quite pricey, eh? This is the reason we go to the movies only once or twice a year. We usually just wait for the movies to come out on DVD.

What about in your city, how much does it cost to go to the movies?

December 6, 2005 - Posted by | Books, movies, music, TV, Winnipeg

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Comment by Abaniko | December 7, 2005 | Reply

2. For 5 persons:
Borrowed DVD = \$0
30 pcs of “pig pies” = \$0.6
Two bottles of Coke = \$1.0
Electricity = \$1.0
TOTAL = \$2.6

But most of the time it’s only around \$1 for electricity because we don’t eat while watching. Tipid, no?

However at the cinema, it’s approx \$1.5 per ticket here in Davao.

Comment by Abaniko | December 7, 2005 | Reply

3. 100 pesos here in Manila.

Comment by Sidney | December 7, 2005 | Reply

4. Chicago, IMAX Theatre

1 adult ticket = US\$14.50
Booking fee = US\$1.00
Popcorn and other titbits = US\$0

Was too cheap to spend on food. Plus being pregnant in winter, buying a soda for a 2.5 hour movie is just plain stupid if you don’t want to walk out halfway and pee.

Comment by Hsin | December 7, 2005 | Reply

5. Six of us went to St. Vital Cinema the other night to watch Chicken Little. It cost:

Borrowed DVD = \$0
0 pcs of “pig pies” = \$0
0 bottles of Coke = \$0
Electricity = \$0
But let’s not forget:
Admission 8.50 x 6 \$51.00
Popcorn and drinks \$35.00
Grand total \$86.00

I should hang out with Abaniko.

Comment by Darlene | December 9, 2005 | Reply

6. Wow, so pricey! I haven’t been to the movies for a while now. Renting dvds is cheaper.

Comment by ember | December 9, 2005 | Reply

7. Btw, also dropping a note that you’ve been tagged to do a childhood food meme. (I’ve moved my blog.)

Comment by Ange | December 9, 2005 | Reply

8. I live in Chicago, too, so Hsin’s answer pretty much applies to my situation. Whenever I watch a movie here, I don’t spend on food as much as possible so as to cut down on my expenses. I agree, renting DVDs is cheaper.

The cost of watching movies here is exactly the reason why I like going to the movies whenever I go home to the Philippines.

Comment by soul_seeker | December 10, 2005 | Reply

9. Last I went to see a movie in Manhattan’s Sony Theaters, tickets were \$10.00 each.

Although DVDs or VCDs at home are cheaper, there’s nothing like watching a movie with hundreds of other people. Especially for the children, they love seeing a much-anticipated film with other kids in the audience, too. I guess it’s like going to the circus when we were young.

So, here in Manila, I shell out 100 pesos each plus whatever for the popcorn and drinks because I want the kids to enjoy the experience even though if only once in a while.

Comment by Senor Enrique | December 10, 2005 | Reply

10. Interesting website: I will visit once again,,

Comment by Wroceetejes | May 20, 2009 | Reply

11. Comment by samanta | August 30, 2010 | Reply

12. Does any body know how much it costs to see Soul Surfer in theaters?

Comment by Jennifer | May 2, 2011 | Reply