I have recently stumbled across a movie stub from 2001, although I’m humbled by this artifact as it was for Legally Blonde.

But I’m fascinated by the price. It was a Sunday afternoon matinee for $5. Today, the 2012 matinee ticket price at my local suburban AMC movie theater is $8. That’s a 60% price increase, and that fact got me wondering. If only the AMC Stubs program existed then.


Cost of Cinema Spectatorship over 11 Years





% Increase

Matinee ticket




Price of a loaf of bread[2]




Federal Minimum Wage[3]




Yearly Domestic Box Office Gross[4]




Avg Yearly Ticket Price[6]




This small sample of prices only creates an idea of how prices have increased over the years, and does not take into consideration inflation.


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Aaron Weiss founded CinemaFunk in September 2009 after recieving his degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Central Florida. In 2012, he received his Master's in Cinema Studies from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He works full-time as a Senior Web Strategist at Tampa SEO Training Academy. When not doing either, Aaron is watching Indycar races, taking a hike, or riding his bike in Tampa, FL.