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Movie ticket prices in Karnataka now cost Rs 200

A Kannada movie poster. Image Credits: Indiaglitz

Karnataka government presented the budget for the state on 15 March, 2017. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah proposed to cap prices of all cinema tickets at a maximum of Rs 200.
This cap will be applicable for all the cinema halls including multiplexes and single screens.

The Annual State Budget said, “Policy for implementation of uniform admission fee in all cinema theatres including multiplexes in the State; maximum admission fee to be Rs. 200.”

It has brought in a lot of ease in a movie-lover’s pocket. Mahesh, a student in the Christ University says, “The tickets had a high price for Rs 450 - Rs. 500. I had to cancel so many movie plans. It’s a really cost efficient decision for the students and movie lovers.”

The decision is now being opposed by several theatre owners. A local ticket vendor from the Rex Theatre, MG Road said, “It’s great to see the state promote its regional movies. But, they should also look for the theatres and their income. There are two sides of a coin.”
However, the decision has also been supported by Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) President, Sa Ra Govindu.

The Budget also approved the mandatory exhibition of Kannada and Regional language films in one screen of multiplex cinemas of the state in prime time between 1.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

This latest policies have been made to promote Kannada movies amongst the movie-lovers. Currently the Kannada movies are free of tax, while other non-Kannada movies hold an entertainment tax of 30% on admission fee. The budget also made some other key changes.

The increase of retirement age for private sectors from 58 to 60 and also the removal of VAT on liquor from April 1, 2017. The budget also provides for 3000 additional BMTC buses for Bangalore, in the financial year of 2017-2018.

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