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The Best and Worst Cities for Moviegoers

June 17, 2013
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Summer movie season is approaching!  As you settle in to watch the man of steel save the world, see how monsters learned how to scare, or watch thick-necked men drive around in the millionth Fast and Furious movie, you might notice that these flicks are taking a heavy toll on your wallet, and they’re only getting more expensive.  Regal Entertainment CEO David Ownby said that the price of 2-D movies will rise 3-4% this year, as it has over the past few years.  3-D effects can add up to $5 to overall ticket costs.

Movie prices vary widely based on location.  NerdWallet has listed the most expensive and cheapest cities to watch your favorite summer flicks.  The prices listed are for first-run new releases shown 6-10 pm on Saturdays at indoor theaters.

The Least Expensive Cities for Moviegoers

Rank City Movie cost
1 Paris TX $4.92
2 Marion-McDowell County NC $5.00
3 Camden SC $5.00
4 Indianapolis-Morgan County IN $5.34
5 Athens-Henderson County TX $5.50
6 Kodiak AK $5.67
7 Corpus Christi TX $5.96
8 Thomasville-Lexington NC $6.00
9 Hastings NE $6.25
10 Carlsbad NM $6.33


The Worst Cities for Moviegoers

Rank City Movie cost
1 New York (Manhattan) NY $13.33
2 Miami-Dade County FL $12.54
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach CA $12.53
4 New York (Queens) NY $12.48
5 New York (Brooklyn) NY $12.25
6 Orange County CA $11.92
7 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA $11.54
8 Fort Lauderdale FL $11.50
9 San Diego CA $11.50
10 Wilmington DE $11.50

Data is from the ACCRA cost of living index, 2012 annual average