Want a cheap movie? Head to Kodiak

KODIAK — Kodiak’s average movie theater ticket price of $5.67 last year made it the sixth cheapest city in the U.S. to see a film, according to a survey published on the consumer economics website NerdWallet.

The survey conducted by the Arlington, Va.-based Council for Community and Economic Research looked at last year’s prices for the cost of a movie ticket in 300 cities on a Saturday night, with showtimes between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Ordinary and 3D movies were averaged to create a figure for each city.

The cheapest ticket was in Paris, Texas, with an average price of less than $5. Tied for second at $5 were Marion, N.C., and Camden, S.C. They were followed by Morgan County, Ind., Athens, Texas, and Kodiak.

New York City topped the list with an average Saturday night ticket price of $13.33. Miami-Dade County, Fla., and Los Angeles weren’t too far behind.

“Alaska tends to be more expensive, so I was kind of surprised to see Kodiak on this,” said Divya Raghavan, the NerdWallet staff writer who published the results earlier this week.

The results of the survey, which covered the first three quarters of 2012, were published Monday. The council’s data collection process relied upon volunteers to self-report information from more than 300 locations nationwide.

Kodiak, which has a little more than 6,000 residents, is among the smallest cities surveyed by the council, whose normal data-gathering cutoff is a population of 50,000. Kodiak was included in the collection due to its long participation.

Kodiak’s Orpheum Theater has added 3D movies and raised prices in March. Ordinary films now range in price from $5.25 to $9, while 3D features range in price from $7 to $10.50, closer to national averages, The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported.

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