The Government of Tamil Nadu today issued commands to increase theatre tickets cost by 25%. The command comes in opposition to the backdrop of the film business bodies not showing or releasing any latest movies to object the implementation of 10 % for local body tax along with 28% GST. The highest ticket price in air-conditioned theatres and multiplexes in Chennai would now cost around Rs 160 while the least will be Rs 50. Theatres functioning under village panchayats will charge an utmost of Rs 15 per ticket for air-conditioned theatres while minimum would be Rs 7 for non-AC theatres.
However, the exhibitors and Tamil Film Producers Council lately decided not to showcase any movies from October 6, 2017, to protest against the execution of 10% local body tax along with 28% GST. Along with this, seven latest movies were not showcased yesterday in the theatres. The industry sectors have demanded that the 10% tax introduced last month should be scrapped. For air-conditioned theatres and multiplex in Chennai, the highest range ticket cost would be Rs 160 whereas least would be Rs 50.
For non-air conditioned theatres, a highest ticket charges would be Rs 120 per ticket and minimum price of the tickets would be Rs 40. The air-conditioned theatres and multiplexes that are located outside the Chennai city, the highest price will go up to Rs 140 while minimum will cost around Rs 50. For non-air conditioned theatres, the highest ticket price would reach at Rs 100 and minimum would be Rs 30. For those air-conditioned theatres operating under the municipal corporations, the highest ticket cost will be Rs 50 whereas minimum price would be Rs 10; non-air conditioned (Rs 30 and minimum Rs 7).
Theatres that are functioning under village panchayats will charge a highest of Rs 15 per ticket in air-conditioned theatres whereas it will be least of Rs 7; non-air conditioned theatre (Rs 10 maximum and least amount would be Rs 4), as per the order. According to the Tamil Nadu Government order, the committee includes: added chief secretaries and secretaries of a variety of departments along with members of the Tamil Film Chamber of Commerce and Film Producers Council.