Cinema: Up, Up and Away

How high is up? It might be better to ask how high movie ticket prices can rise, because the sky seems to be the limit. In December two theater chains raised prices from $6 to $7 at 48 screens in Manhattan. That follows a jump from $5 (or $5.50) to $6 in the spring of 1985 and means New Yorkers are paying perhaps 40% more than they were 2 1/2 years ago for their Saturday night at the movies.

So far, the fare hikes have been confined to the Big Apple. Cineplex Odeon, the Canadian-based chain that first raised the tariff,...

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