Iran to mull over rise in cinema ticket prices

March 17, 2019 - 19:6

TEHRAN – The Screening Council of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance will hold a meeting today to consider an increase in ticket prices of Iranian movie theaters.

“A slight increase is predicted, but the ultimate result will be announced after the Monday meeting,” Screening Council spokesman Ali Sartipi told the Persian service of MNA on Saturday.

The country observed a 50-percent rise in ticket prices at the beginning of the Iranian year on March 21, 2018. Film ticket in first-class theaters costs 150,000 rials (about $1.5).

Economic analysts have said that due to the adverse economic conditions facing the country, any new increase in cinema ticket price will force low-income families to drop cinema from their shopping basket.

Seyyed Mahmud Razavi, the producer of acclaimed movies such as “Blood Trap” and “Standing in the Dust”, has asked his colleagues and the relevant officials not to increase the price of cinema tickets.

In a statement published by ILNA on Saturday, Razavi said, “Despite the high cost of production, distribution and screening, I asked all my colleagues, distributors, and theater owners to give a Noruz gift to our people by not increasing the ticket price and to let the cinema be an inexpensive recreation of the New Year for all.”

Mohsen Amiryusefi, the director of “Fire Keeper” and “Lovely Trash”, has also said that any rise in ticket prices will result in a decline in the number of filmgoers.

In an interview published by ISNA on Saturday, he said, “There is evidence that a hard economic year is waiting for Iran and we should try to maintain cinema’s position as the most inexpensive collective entertainment for our people.”

Photo: Screening Council spokesman Ali Sartipi. (Mehr/Majid Asgaripur)