Movie ticket prices creep up and this could change some viewing
Some moviegoers have kicked up a fuss online after finding out that
prices for one of Singaporeans' favourite leisure activities have
Since the beginning of the year, cinema operators have been quietly
raising prices. Lianhe Wanbao and MyPaper reported on it this
Catching a 2-D movie at Cathay cinemas now costs $13 from Friday
evenings to Sundays, and on the eve of public holidays from 6pm and
on public holidays. This is an increase of $2 for a regular title
and $1 for a blockbuster title since Jan 9. An example of a
blockbuster would be X-Men: Days Of Future Past, currently showing
At Golden Village, the ticket price is $12.50, up from $11.50 since
Feb 27, from Friday evening to Sunday, on the eve of a public
holiday after 6pm and on a public holiday.
At Shaw cinemas, it is $12, up from $11 since April 25 (Friday to
Sunday, eve of and on a public holiday), and at FilmGarde, it is
$12, up from $11.50 since last month (Friday to Sunday, eve of and
on a public holiday).
On the AsiaOne page on Facebook, moviegoers vented their
frustrations. User Janet Tan commented, "Crazy... too expensive",
while user Gareth Fong suggested watching movies in Malaysia
instead where it costs "only RM17 (S$6.62) for 2D movie".
On its website, Cathay explained why prices have been raised this
year. It noted: "There has been a marked increase in operational
expenses for the past few years. As such, it is challenging to
absorb these rising costs which comprise rental, staff costs,
utilities and film hires."
Ms Han Minli, business development director for FilmGarde, told
Life! that rental and labour costs have "jumped significantly" and
that theirs is a labour-intensive industry which employs ushers,
service staff and cleaners.
Golden Village and Shaw also pointed to rising costs on their
websites. Golden Village said that "it has proven to be challenging
in offsetting recent inflationary costs in overheads such as rent,
utilities, film hire and staff hires".
A Shaw Theatres spokesman added: "Traditionally we have been
conservative towards increasing prices. Once again we have delayed
this for as long as we can."
The price increase will have an impact on the movie-viewing habits
Mr Leow Kwang Heng, 36, who works in banking, told Life! that
because of the rise in prices, he is increasingly more selective
about what he chooses to watch. He said: "I will only catch
blockbusters with special effects, film festival screenings or when
I am watching something with a group of friends."
In addition, he will pro-actively seek out credit card and
membership card promotions when choosing which cinema to
This was also a point made by the cinema operators.
Cathay said on its website that as "a commitment to keep
cinema-going affordable for all segments of the community", it will
continue to offer preferential rates for certain card holders as
well as for groups such as senior citizens and students.