Going to the Movies in Mexico – How much does it cost?

going to the movies in mexicoI thought it would be fun to do a quick post about the costs of going to the movies here in Mexico.  This afternoon, our family of 7, plus a friend of the girls, went to see The Croods, or Los Croods since the movie was dubbed in Spanish. Here is the breakdown of the costs:

8 movie tickets @ 40 pesos each, except today, Wednesday, is 2 for 1 = 160 pesos or ~ $12.96 USD

One large popcorn and 2 large sodas combo = 65 pesos or ~$5.27 USD

Two additional large popcorns @ 25 pesos each = 50 pesos or ~$4.05 USD

One 600ml bottle of water = 15 pesos or ~$1.22 USD (which is actually quite high since I can get one for about 8 pesos at a convenience store)

One bag of peanut M&Ms (for me) = 18 pesos or ~$1.46 USD (also high compared to 10 pesos at Walmart)

In all, we spent 308 pesos or right at $25 USD for eight people to go to the movies.  Granted, our daughters' friend bought her own snacks, but still.  That's less than $4 per person to see a first run movie in Mexico.

I do want to note that 3D movies do cost 20 pesos ($1.62 USD) more.

The movie theater is very nice with reclining seats, cup holders, AIR CONDITIONING, which was much needed today, and clean!  No sticky floors…which I really hate.

The kids have said they want to see the movie again in English when we're back in the US, but I've told them we can't unless it is at a dollar theater.  The last time I priced out movie tickets in the US (El Paso, TX), it was around $8 per person for tickets…and I am 100% confident that popcorn costs more than $2.03 for a large container.  Just to get inside it would be at least $56USD and there's NO way we could avoid buying popcorn for the Pilot, ahem, I mean the kids.

So, there you have it.  Mexico is a GREAT place to go to the movies and not break the bank!

What does is cost for you to go to the movies?

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5 Responses to “Going to the Movies in Mexico – How much does it cost?”

  1. Erin Bender (Travel With Bender) Says:

    We had a similar experience in penang and Bangkok. In Perth Aust movies are $16 a head, unless you buy a discount card to get $10 movies. The premiere theatre is over $36 per person. In Bangkok we went to a premiere cinema for $12 including blankets, pillows, fully reclinable chair and drinks. I dont know how to ever pay Aust prices again ! :D

  2. Mom Says:

    WOW! I can’t even imagine $16 (let alone $36) to go to the movies. I just imagine teenage boys asking a girl out on a date to the movies and asking his parents for a loan to do so!

  3. Living Outside of the Box Says:

    Hahahaa…yes…my husband would hardly consider going to a movie without popcorn–kills the bank in the US!  It's hard enough to get a night out for TWO in the US for the price as Mexico!  ::sigh:: We miss those wonderful clean theaters, stadium seating, and cheap refreshments!!  Enjoy while you can!

  4. Conna Says:

    I loved your article about Gallo Pinto – The Unofficial Dish of Costa Rica.  This dish was introduced to us by our Spanish neighbor.  She brings us some when she makes it.  She didn't have a recipe so I Googled the name & found several sites with a recipe.  I liked your information the best.

  5. Mom Says:

    Thanks Conna!  I’m glad you found my information helpful.  My mom would be proud! :)

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