Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts priced at $20 in 2015 $22.50 in 2020

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Prices for Admission To Movies, Theaters, And Concerts, 2015-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts were 12.50% higher in 2020 versus 2015 (a $2.50 difference in value).

Between 2015 and 2020: Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts experienced an average inflation rate of 2.38% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, admission to movies, theaters, and concerts costing $20 in the year 2015 would cost $22.50 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.67% during this same period, inflation for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts was higher.

In the year 2015: Pricing changed by 2.22%, which is below the average yearly change for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts during the 2015-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2015 (0.12%), 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%).

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

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 100.000 102.008 107.354 114.285 118.500 122.277 128.577 132.708 136.992 141.815 147.392 150.755 153.062 155.417 156.944 160.063 161.765 164.749 168.412 174.514 178.997 182.673 185.993 189.457

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Buying power of $20 since 2015

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts, over time, for $20 beginning in 2015. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2015 $20.00 2.22%
2016 $20.72 3.62%
2017 $21.26 2.57%
2018 $21.69 2.05%
2019 $22.09 1.82%
2020 $22.50 1.86%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts, 2015-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 2015 * 2015 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts was 168.412 in the year 2015 and 189.457 in 2020:

189.457 / 168.412 * $20 = $22.50

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2015 has the same "purchasing power" as $22.50 in 2020 (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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