Karnataka government caps movie tickets at Rs.200. Theatres continue to charge more

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The Karnataka government’s decision to cap movie tickets at Rs.200 across the state hasn’t changed much for moviegoers, with multiplexes and theatres continuing to charge higher amounts for tickets.

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Moviegoers will hope that multiplexes and theatres adhere to the rules and lower prices of tickets.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had announced this in his budget on March 15, with the government passing an official notification on Tuesday, with the new rule applicable from May 3. The move, aimed at promoting Kannada cinema also directs multiplexes to screen two Kannada movies during prime time, i.e, at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

The rule exempts IMAX, 4D theatres, and Gold Class screens in the state.

What is the maximum a multiplex/theatre can charge for a movie ticket?

If you thought that you would be paying just Rs.200 for a movie ticket (excluding IMAX, Gold Class) you are wrong. While the government has capped prices at Rs.200, this excludes the service and entertainment tax.

A Kannada movie ticket will cost a maximum of approximately Rs.203, on account of a service tax of Rs.3.

A movie in any other language could cost as much as Rs.264. This includes a service tax of Rs.4 and an entertainment tax of Rs.60. Kannada movies do not attract any entertainment tax in the state.

Multiplexes turn a blind eye, continue to charge excessive amounts

Multiplexes in Bengaluru, which typically charge anywhere between Rs.300 and Rs.1,000 per ticket during weekends and peak hours continue to flout the rule, with no revision seen in their prices.

Tickets for the movie Bahubali 2: The Conclusion continue to be sold for as high as Rs.370 for normal seats, even on a weekday.

Multiplexes and theatres can charge a higher amount only for gold class screens or gold class seats in normal screes. A regular multiplex/theatre can set aside a maximum of 10 per cent of its total capacity as premium seats, charging a higher amount for them.

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