Average ticket price in Japanese theaters 2010-2019

Japanese theaters charged an average of 1,340 Japanese yen per ticket in 2019, up from an average movie ticket price of around 1,266 yen in 2010. Despite the ongoing increase in average ticket prices, the total number of cinema admissions in 2019 was significantly higher than in the previous year.

Movie theater operators in Japan

The largest operators of cinemas in Japan are TOHO Cinemas, Aeon Cinema, MOVIX, T-Joy, United Cinemas, 109 Cinemas, as well as Cinema Sunshine. The number of movie theater screens in Japan stood at more than 3580 in 2019, up from a nadir of less than two thousand between 1989 and 1998. The number of cinema screens has increased despite a saturation of the market, as new shopping centers usually plan to include at least one cinema operator among the core tenants. Since cinema chains fear losing market shares to competitors, they prefer to hold a tenancy despite the market situation.

Change in ticket prices in 2019

The year 2019 was marked by the first larger increase in ticket prices in two decades. Led by two of Japan’s major operators, TOHO Cinemas and 109 Cinemas, the standard admission price, which stood at 1,800 Japanese yen since 1993, was increased to about 1,900 yen on June 1, 2019. One possible reason for this development can be found in the increased costs related to 3D, 4DX and IMAX movies. It is common, however, for cinemas to offer discounts, which explains the lower average admission fee. According to a survey conducted in January 2020 on the reaction to increasing movie theater ticket prices, more than 13 percent of moviegoers who watched more than 12 movies per year stated that their visit frequency had decreased due to the higher prices.

Average cinema admission fee in Japan from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

1 Japanese yen equals 0.0092 U.S. dollars or 0.0083 euros as of February 2020.

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