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See How the Cost of a Movie Ticket Has Changed Over Time



Posted on July 13, 2016 by Natalie Morin

Along with baseball, going to the movies is a treasured national pastime. The silver screen has been a place for innovation, comfort and escape. And as popular date spots, movie theaters have provided the settings for many budding relationships. Film has proven to be a cornerstone of American culture.

Like the country itself, the film industry has changed with the times. In 1940, a movie ticket cost a quarter. Now, some theaters charge upwards of $10 for admission. With this in mind, MooseRoots, a genealogy data site by Graphiq, crunched the numbers see how the average cost of a movie ticket has changed since 1940. The data comes from the MPAA, and the MooseRoots team noted both the nominal (absolute) price and the 2016 inflation-adjusted price of a movie ticket.


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