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How much did movie tickets cost when you were in high school?



Remember the good old days, when you walked barefoot uphill to school and movie tickets were cheaper?

According to The Wrap, the average cost of a ticket right now is $8.12. And while that’s (almost) nothing to a New Yorker used to shelling out between $14 and $20, the price is still pretty steep.

When I was in high school back in Hudson, Ohio – I graduated in 2002 – I remember paying around $4.25 for matinees and $6 for regular showings. I took an informal poll of EW staffers, who spilled on how much of their allowance went to seeing films when they were younger.

Darren Franich: I think it was like $6 at my local Century. Maybe $7.50 by the time I was a senior. This was in the San Franciso Bay Area.

Adam Vary: Columbus, Ohio – $5.50

Grady Smith: Richmond, Va. – $8

Chris Cosgrove : Chicago – $14

Maane Khatchatourian: Glendale, Calif. – $8 to $9

Erin Strecker: I’m from suburban Chicago. Our local theater up until 2010ish was $4.25 for a student, and $6 for an adult – always. Now it’s $8.

Lanford Beard: I’m from Birmingham, Ala. (which is the state’s biggest city, so pricey!). I feel like it was about $7.25 for a night-time performance when I was in high school (1997-2000). I think a matinee was $5.25 maybe.

Christian Blauvelt: I was in high school in St. Petersburg, Fla., between 2000 and 2004 and the average price then for a movie ticket was $7.

Missy Schwartz: I remember them being $2.50 when I was little (early-to-mid 80s). Then tickets were 5 bucks when I worked in a movie theater in high school – and it seemed expensive!

Breia Brissey: I’m from Broken Arrow, Okla. There’s a tiny, 8-screen theater there where tickets were only $4. So you could see a matinee for $2. Can you buy anything for $2 these days?

Sandra Gonzalez: I’d say somewhere between $6 and $7. And this was in South Texas in the early 2000s.

Stephan Lee: When I was in high school I didn’t really get an allowance, but whenever I needed cash my mom would give me a $100 bill. It would last me two entire months because all I spent it on were movie tickets and burritos. In Atlanta in 2004, when I was a senior in high school, $100 bought a whole lot of $6.50 tickets at the AMC Parkway Pointe and $4 burritos from Willy’s Mexicana Grill. I’d say my current life in Manhattan costs more than twice as much: $14 per movie ticket, $8 or more per burrito from Chipotle – which isn’t nearly as good as Willy’s! I wish I still had a seemingly unlimited supply of $100 bills, because I’d use a whole lot more of them.

Tanner Stransky: Seriously, I remember our movie tickets being like $4.25 in high school. Like late ’90s in Kansas City. That may have been matinee.

Mike Bruno: I remember buying bargain matinee tickets for hot summer moviegoing for $3.50.

Hillary Busis: I remember tickets being between $7 and $8 in Pittsburgh, Pa. when I was in high school.

How much do you remember paying when you were younger? How much do you pay now?

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