Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts priced at $20 in 2015 $25.79 in 2023

Admission To Movies, Theaters, And Concerts Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Admission To Movies, Theaters, And Concerts, 2015-2023 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for admission to movies, theaters, and concerts are 28.93% higher in 2023 versus 2015 (a $5.79 difference in value).

Between 2015 and 2023: Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts experienced an average inflation rate of 3.23% 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 $25.79 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.17% 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 2015-2023 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%), 2022 (5.99%), and 2023 (5.30%).

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Buying power of $20.00 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:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2015$20.002.22%
2016$20.723.62%
2017$21.262.57%
2018$21.692.05%
2019$22.091.82%
2020$22.451.62%
2021$23.102.93%
2022$24.495.99%
2023$25.795.30%*

* 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:

Year199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023
CPI100.000102.008107.354114.285118.500122.277128.577132.708136.992141.815147.392150.755153.062155.417156.944160.063161.765164.749168.412174.514178.997182.673185.993189.007194.549206.200217.130

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

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 2015 * 2015 USD value = 2023 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 217.130 in 2023:

217.130 / 168.412 * $20 = $25.79

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2015 has the same "purchasing power" as $25.79 in 2023 (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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