Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts priced at $20 in 2004 $30.72 in 2022

Admission To Movies, Theaters, And Concerts Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Admission To Movies, Theaters, And Concerts, 2004-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts are 53.60% higher in 2022 versus 2004 (a $10.72 difference in value).

Between 2004 and 2022: Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts experienced an average inflation rate of 2.41% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, admission to movies, theaters, and concerts costing $20 in the year 2004 would cost $30.72 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.40% during this same period, inflation for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts was higher.

In the year 2004: Pricing changed by 3.21%, which is above the average yearly change for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts during the 2004-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2004 (2.68%), inflation for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts was higher.

Price Inflation for Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2000 (6.46%), 1999 (5.24%), and 2003 (5.15%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 2004

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts, over time, for $20 beginning in 2004. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2004$20.003.21%
2005$20.653.23%
2006$21.373.52%
2007$22.213.93%
2008$22.722.28%
2009$23.071.53%
2010$23.421.54%
2011$23.650.98%
2012$24.121.99%
2013$24.381.06%
2014$24.831.84%
2015$25.382.22%
2016$26.303.62%
2017$26.982.57%
2018$27.532.05%
2019$28.031.82%
2020$28.481.62%
2021$29.322.93%
2022$30.724.77%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts:

Year19971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI100.000102.008107.354114.285118.500122.277128.577132.708136.992141.815147.392150.755153.062155.417156.944160.063161.765164.749168.412174.514178.997182.673185.993189.007194.549203.837

Adjust admission to movies, theaters, and concerts prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2004 * 2004 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts was 132.708 in the year 2004 and 203.837 in 2022:

203.837 / 132.708 * $20 = $30.72

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2004 has the same "purchasing power" as $30.72 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts in 1997. In addition to admission to movies, theaters, and concerts, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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