The numbers don’t lie: https://www.natoonline.org/data/ticket-price/
This strip is from 1999. So almost 25 years later, I’ve paid as much as $18 to see a movie.
Sixty years ago, it cost me 15 cents to get in the theater, and popcorn and a soft drink were a nickle each. Of course, I had to walk five miles through the snow up to my waist and uphill both ways.
Just 14¢ at most Kansas City theaters in the ‘40s and early ’50s. Never understood why they didn’t charge the full 15¢. That was the price for first run movies downtown or at one of the flophouses that ran triple features. For a quarter, I could go downtown on the streetcar, see a movie and come home with a full penny in my pocket. If I returned two glass soda bottles to a grocery store earlier, I could pair that with my penny and get a box of (unbuttered) popcorn.
I hate inflation.
I remember Mom and Dad telling me $5 buying more groceries than a car could carry. It doesn’t fill a little plastic bag now. I also remember that not long ago $1 theaters existed till the studios sued them out of business because as now more people watched older movies than the new ones.
I could go to a movie for 10 cents in 1936.
May 25, 2017