Multiplex Spends in Metros

Movie ticket prices themselves may not have gone up by much over the last couple of years but F&B prices are multiplexes have jumped

By Prince Mathews Thomas, Nilofer D'Souza, Shravan Bhat
Published: Feb 23, 2013

An evening at the movies is not what it used to be. Like most other commodities, prices of multiplex tickets have inched up in the past year or two, along with that of the food and beverages on offer. There are differences, however, across cities and multiplex chains. 

We checked the rates of tickets, food and beverages at three different multiplex chains in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to get an idea of what a movie-viewing experience on a weekend costs a family of four.

In Mumbai, such a family dishes out an average of Rs 400 more for tickets, a tub of popcorn, a bottle of fizzy cola, and a plate of samosa, as compared to what it did in 2011.

Delhi, too, has seen a hike, although a smaller one. A similar evening for a family costs Rs 160 more now.

The Bangalore multiplex chain, however, said that not only have its prices not increased in the past couple of years, but it has improved its range of food and beverages.


(This article is excerpted from the latest Forbes India 08 March, 2013 issue which is now available at news stands and book stores. You can buy our tablet version from

  • Arijit

    With ticket prices going up and broadband prices going down, movie downloading will only get more widespread.

    on Feb 26, 2013
    • Saumil Gandhi

      Even though downloading becomes very cheap and ticket rates in multiplexes keep rising exponentially, you surely won\'t stop going to Mutiplexes as viewing a movie in a multiplex is far enriching experience than viewing it on a compuer or television. Moreover you have take your girlfriend/spouse to a multiplex and can\'t replace it by downloaded movies. In short we have to bear the cost.

      on Feb 28, 2013
  • Ashok Pai

    rising prices should be countered by less spending at these multiplexes. nodding to their every increase will only embolden the multiplexes to increase their prices. make them earn it.

    on Feb 26, 2013
  • Saumil Gandhi

    The ticket rates of Mumbai that are mentioned above; are the ones from the costiest of multiplexes. A majority of multiplexes (about 80%) sell tickets around Rs 200 and Rs 220 on weekends.

    on Feb 26, 2013
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