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Charles Theatre raises ticket price to $3 for adults, $2 for kids, seniors

Charles Theatre raises ticket price to $3 for adults, $2 for kids, seniors
The Charles Theater (Photo submitted.)
To the Press

The Charles Theatre in Charles City has announced that it will increase the cost of ticket prices by $1, effective Jan. 1.

At the quarterly board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Charles Theatre Board of Directors voted to charge $3 for an adult movie ticket and $2 for a ticket for children (12-and-under) and seniors (55-and-older.)

This is the first time the Charles Theatre has increased admission costs in 20 years, according to the theater’s board of directors. Gift certificates bought at the previous price will be honored.

An announcement about the price increase was posted on the movie theater’s Facebook page on Thursday, and reaction looked to be overwhelmingly positive.

“Still a great deal and thank you for making it affordable for a family to go to the movies!” said one commenter. “I would say a price increase was probably long overdue!”

“Still a bargain,” seemed to be a popular refrain. Many others who commented compared the price of movie tickets at The Charles to the prices at other nearby movie theaters.

“If anyone complains, they should try going to any other theatre and see if they can get in for less,” said another commenter. “Not going to happen.”

According to a recent study by the website, the average cost of a ticket for a first-run movie in Iowa is over $10, while movie tickets for children and seniors average over $8. Cinema West Movie Theater in Mason City lists ticket prices at $9 for general admission, $7 for a matinee and $6.50 for children and seniors.

The Charles Theatre, which was built in 1935, is one of only two theaters remaining in Iowa with an art-deco facade, and is the only one still operating. The theater is run by volunteer efforts and owned by the Charles City Arts Council.

First-run movies can be seen nightly at 7 p.m., with matinees for children’s movies Sundays at 1:30 p.m. The theater also occasionally runs classic movies and other special movie events, and is sometimes used as a venue for live music and children’s theater events.