According to the GO, the cost of higher class tickets in AC theatres under GHMC limits would be Rs 120 per ticket and the lower class ticket would be Rs 40. In non AC theatres, the cost of higher class ticket would be Rs 60 and lower class will be Rs 20. Similarly, the cost for premium seating in multiplexes should not be more than Rs 300 and for executive class the rate should not be more than Rs 200.
As per the new rates, the cost of higher class tickets in municipalities would be Rs 80 and Rs 30 for lower class in AC theatres. In non AC theatres the rate for balcony tickets would be Rs 60 and lower class tickets would cost Rs 20.
In nagar panchayats and gram panchayats the cost of tickets in AC theatres would be Rs 70. The government has also directed the theatres to print the breakup of the cost involved for maintenance of theaters, online charges for booking tickets and GST being collected on the tickets.
This would now be mandatory for all theaters. The government order further said that it was necessary to reserve 20 per cent seats in two rows in all multiplexes for lower class tickets.
At present, there is a 15 per cent entertainment tax (ET) on movie tickets, levied by the state government. Once GST comes into effect, the ET will be replaced by an 18 per cent GST. As the rate of tax on movie tickets is higher under the GST structure, cinema theatres are permitted to hike rates.