The government of Andhra Pradesh is changing cinema ticket prices and setting new rules. Know more

The Andhra Pradesh government has issued new orders to change fares and ticket rules, ending the months-long controversy in the state. The Andhra Pradesh Home Ministry issued a new government order on revised cinema ticket prices on March 7. In accordance with the new government decree:

Cheapest tickets at non-AC cinemas in Gram and Nagar panchayats increased by Rs 20 and Rs 40, respectively (non-premium and premium). Previously, economy, deluxe and premium prices were 5, 10 and 15 rupees.

The highest price allowed in municipal corporation multiplexes is Rs 150 and Rs 250 for regular and reclining seats, respectively. The charge allowed for reclined seats in AC cinemas is 250 rupees. Previously, economy, deluxe and premium fares for multiplexes were 75, 150 and 250 rupees, respectively. These prices do not include GST.

The new government decree also proposed to set up an online cinema ticketing system, which will be regulated by the government, to control the price of cinema tickets and prevent moviegoers from being exploited.

New government orders for low and big budget films:

Theaters are allowed to hold five screenings a day to promote a low-budget image, but one of the five screenings between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. must be devoted to a low-budget film.

The government will release separate prices for films with budgets of 100 crore and above for ten days after their release. This will be done on a case by case basis.

These big budget films must shoot at least 20% of the film in Andhra Pradesh.

Non-premium tickets will be reserved in 25% of all seats at any AC, non-AC and special cinema. This is for those who cannot afford a premium ticket.

Meanwhile, Chiranjeevi shared a note on Twitter thanking the Andhra Pradesh government. The note read: “I thank the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, for issuing a new government decree revising cinema ticket prices while keeping in mind the survival of theaters as well as the desire to keep entertainment accessible to people. Allowing a fifth run for smaller films will benefit many producers.”

Earlier, Chiranjeevi led the talks between Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and the film industry over the issue of ticket prices.

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