Movie Ticket Prices Set To Rocket

An article in ‘MyBroadBand’ titled ‘Massive movie ticket price hikes in South Africa’ prompted me to look back at the cost of movies when growing up.

Four pounds of used newspapers, 1.81kg for those who schooled after introduction of the metric system, earned us 8p*, enough to buy a ticket to the Saturday matinee at the local ‘bughouse bioscope’ in the 1950’s / early 60’s.

In a way we were pioneers of recycling way back then as we wandered round to friendly neighbours dragging our old 4-wheel tin cart offering to take all their used / read newspapers off their hands. These we would lug down to the local general dealer shopkeeper who would pay us the 2p a pound. 4lbs equalled one movie ticket. Having an older brother however required my collecting most of the 8lbs required for two tickets.

Returnable soda earned easier profits but it was easier to find teeth on the free range chickens that wandered the streets of our village back then so newspapers were commodity of choice. Plastic hadn’t yet reached the shop shelves and was, as yet, unknown to the oceans of the world but no doubt we would have devised a way to make money from collecting plastic if it had existed, so limited was our pocket money allowance.

Over conversations during the holidays my eyes were opened to the reality of bringing up kids these days. It seems the Tooth Fairy union has upped the price from a tickey (two and a half cents) to around a R100 for the first tooth these days. As for pocket money it appears that it is not unusual amongst more affluent families that their teenage kids receive monthly allowances sometimes double to what the government pay old age pensioners.

Purchasing a pack of ice this weekend I was horrified that the cost had risen from ten Rand to twelve Rand. Commenting to the cashier her reply was “it’s only two Rand”!

“It isn’t just two Rand” was my retort. “It is twenty percent. Neither your salary nor my pension increased twenty percent this month”.

Her reply was classic. “If they stopped putting the prices up they wouldn’t have to keep increasing our salaries”. So true.

Anyway back to the movie prices.

Ster-Kinekor has hiked its ticket prices significantly since last May, with movies at some theatres now 20% more expensive.

A 3D movie at one of Ster-Kinekor’s top-tier cinemas went from R98 to R107, and tickets for 2D shows went from R77 to R85

Suddenly DSTV and Netflix sounds like a bargain.

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  • Converting from pound, shilling and pence 8p was equal to approximately eight cents