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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?

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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

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    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

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