Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts priced at $20 in 2012 $28.20 in 2024

Admission To Movies, Theaters, And Concerts Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Admission To Movies, Theaters, And Concerts, 2012-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts are 41% higher in 2024 versus 2012 (a $8.20 difference in value).

Between 2012 and 2024: Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts experienced an average inflation rate of 2.90% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, admission to movies, theaters, and concerts costing $20 in the year 2012 would cost $28.20 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.57% during this same period, inflation for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts was higher.

In the year 2012: Pricing changed by 1.99%, which is below the average yearly change for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts during the 2012-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), inflation for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts was lower.

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%), 2022 (5.99%), and 2023 (5.74%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 2012

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts, over time, for $20 beginning in 2012. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2012$20.001.99%
2013$20.211.06%
2014$20.591.84%
2015$21.042.22%
2016$21.813.62%
2017$22.372.57%
2018$22.832.05%
2019$23.241.82%
2020$23.621.62%
2021$24.312.93%
2022$25.765.99%
2023$27.245.74%
2024$28.203.51%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


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

Year1997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI100.000102.008107.354114.285118.500122.277128.577132.708136.992141.815147.392150.755153.062155.417156.944160.063161.765164.749168.412174.514178.997182.673185.993189.007194.549206.200218.035225.691

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

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 2012 * 2012 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts was 160.063 in the year 2012 and 225.691 in 2024:

225.691 / 160.063 * $20 = $28.20

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2012 has the same "purchasing power" as $28.20 in 2024 (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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