Film lovers fall foul of soaring ticket prices

Tickets at Spanish cinemas have nearly doubled in price in the last decade. But which city is the most expensive to moviegoers? A new study reveals all.

Film lovers fall foul of soaring ticket prices
Children want for a cinema to open. Attendance at Spain's cinemas has fallen drastically in recent years.

Moviegoers in Spain have been hit hard by rising ticket prices in Spain in recent years.

The average price for weekday sessions has skyrocketed from an average €4.80 ($6.60) to €6.97, according to new research by consumer group Facua.

That's a rise of 45.2 percent, or around twice the overall consumer prince index rise for the same period.

Facua pins the increase on decreased between competition and higher taxes.

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The number of  cinemas in Spain from 1,223 to 841 from 2002 to 2012, according to Spain's culture ministry, while Spain's value-added tax rose from 8 percent to 21 percent in late 2012.

Barcelona is now the most expensive place in Spain to see a film with average ticket prices of €9.11 on the weekend and €8.60 on weekdays.

At the other end of the scale, the cheapest place to catch a flick is Almeria. Prices there are €5 and €4.

In Madrid those prices are €8.40 and €8,12.

Facua now wants Spanish cinemas to introduce subscription schemes which allow people to see as many films as they want in a month.

Spain's rising ticket prices come at a time when Spanish cinema attendance is falling. Numbers dropped from 94.2 million in 2012 to 79 million according to the European Audovisual Observatory. 

That drop is four times the European average.

Spain's cinema industry is also struggling for funding with government subsidies in free fall. Meanwhile, an increasing number of Hollywood film makers are choosing Spain as a location for their films.

Spain is also considered one of the worst offenders when it comes to internet piracy.

A study by the International Data Corporation commissioned by a coalition of rights holders claimed 77 percent of movie downloads in the first half of 2010 in Spain were illegal.

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‘The Girls’ wins big at Spain’s live-streamed 2021 Goya awards

Pilar Palomero’s debut coming of age film ‘Girls’ was the big winner at the 2021 Goya Awards on Saturday, held via a live-streamed ceremony.

‘The Girls’ wins big at Spain's live-streamed 2021 Goya awards
Antonio Banderas presented the 35th Goya Awards with Spanish journalist María Casado. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

The Goyas, Spain’s prestigious annual film awards ceremony, was held at the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank in Málaga. It was a hybrid on-site/virtual ceremony, with no audience nor nominees attending in person.

‘The Girls’, a generation portrait of Spanish women who would now be in their 40s, swept the awards, winning best picture, best new director, best original screenplay, and best cinematography.

Nominees appeared on a large video screen in a Zoom-like setup, and winners accepted prizes from their own homes with their families, giving the ceremony a more intimate feel than usual.

Málaga-born Antonio Banderas directed the ceremony, and other big stars such as Pedro Almodóvar, Penélope Cruz, Paz Vega, and Alejandro Amenábar also made appearances to present the awards.

The non-audience format gave the ceremony, which is broadcast on TV, a larger reach than usual. Celebrities including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, and Isabelle Huppert sent in pre-recorded messages of support.

Just two days before international women’s day, gender issues featured strongly in nominated films and acceptance speeches. Women won almost as much as men, taking 12 categories, and Daniela Cajías became the first woman director of photography to win the best cinematography award for “Girls.”

In other categories, Mario Casas won best actor for “No Matarás” (Cross the Line), about a good-natured man who has an unexpectedly deadly confrontation, and Patricia López Arnaíz won best actress for her role in Ane (Ane is Missing), in which she plays a mother who investigates her daughter’s disappearance.

The Honorary Goya was awarded to actress Angela Molina, who starred in Luis Buñuel’s last film, “The Obscure Object of Desire”.

Last year, Pedro Almodóvar’s semi-autobiographical film Pain and Glory was the star of the ceremony, winning seven honours, including best picture, best director, original screenplay, and best actor for Antonio Banderas.