Government increases ticket priceswith immediate effect

The State government on Friday increased the ticket prices in cinema theatres for different grades from municipal corporations to gram panchayats. The new rates will be enforced with immediate effect.

Balcony ticket price in air-cooled theatres has been increased from Rs.55 to Rs.70 and for air-conditioned theatres, from Rs. 60 to Rs.75 in GHMC limits.

While the price of Rs.10 class remains the same, the government has permitted theatre managements to increase the second and third class ticket prices by a maximum of Rs.15 per ticket.

Managements have to justify the increase with reference to space, quality of seats etc in theatres.

Old theatres constructed prior to 2005 have to put in place additional facilities including revised fire safety measures that will be issued shortly to charge the enhanced rates.

Mandatory

It has now been made mandatory for all theatres and multiplexes to provide wheelchairs at two places on the theatre premises.

Theatre managements should also adhere to conditions stipulated under the Legal Metrology Act and Legal Metrology Packaged Commodity Rules. Further, provisions under Food Safety and Standard Regulations will be applicable to all food canteens in theatres and multiplexes.

However, the move to increase ticket prices has not gone well with general public even as the film chambers members welcome it.

B. Rama Krishna, organising secretary of A.P. Cinegoers’ Association termed the move counter-productive. “The increase is definitely going to prove burdensome for movie enthusiasts particularly when several major releases are lined up for summer,” he said, adding that the association would give a representation to the authorities concerned to reconsider the decision.

On the other hand, Telangana Film Chamber of Commerce president M. Vijayender Reddy said the hike was inevitable. Operational costs, particularly diesel and electricity costs have gone up drastically. Power cost, which was Rs.5.40 per unit shot up to Rs.9.50 per unit and the demand to increase ticket prices was a long-pending one, he added.