The Price Of A Date When You Were Born by Natalie Morin, Moose Roots

In a day and age when you can stream a movie on Netflix without getting off of the couch, it can be tempting for couples to simply stay home instead of spending the money on a date outside. Especially today, when movie tickets have gone up dramatically in price, the classic “dinner and a movie” date can put a dent in your wallet.

But this has not always been the case. In fact, for most of the last century, going to a movie cost less than a dollar. MooseRoots calculated how much it would have cost to purchase dinner and a movie for two in each year since 1940.

The Price Of A Date since 1940

The genealogy site used Zagat’s 2016 estimate for the national average price for one person to buy dinner and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index (CPI) for dinner prices before today. They also used data from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to find the average price of a movie ticket since 1940.

They included the absolute prices of a date in each year, as well as adjusted prices to reflect inflation.

The price of a date in 2016

Absolute Price (what you pay today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.60
Price of two movie tickets: $17.40
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $90.00

2015

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $72.16
Price of two movie tickets: $16.86
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.02

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.16
Price of two movie tickets: $16.86
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.02

2014

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $70.86
Price of two movie tickets: $16.34
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $87.20

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.01
Price of two movie tickets: $16.60
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $88.61

2013

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $69.20
Price of two movie tickets: $16.26
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.46

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.35
Price of two movie tickets: $16.76
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $88.11

2012

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $68.24
Price of two movie tickets: $15.92
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.16

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.81
Price of two movie tickets: $16.75
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $88.57

2011

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $66.52
Price of two movie tickets: $15.86
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $82.38

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.22
Price of two movie tickets: $17.22
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.43

The price of a date in 2010

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $64.12
Price of two movie tickets: $15.78
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $79.90

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.75
Price of two movie tickets: $17.41
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $88.16

2009

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $63.62
Price of two movie tickets: $15.00
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $78.62

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.95
Price of two movie tickets: $16.49
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $86.44

2008

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $62.50
Price of two movie tickets: $14.36
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $76.86

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.36
Price of two movie tickets: $16.39
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $87.75

2007

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $59.24
Price of two movie tickets: $13.76
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $73.00

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.56
Price of two movie tickets: $16.16
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.72

2006

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $56.98
Price of two movie tickets: $13.10
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $70.08

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.07
Price of two movie tickets: $15.88
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.95

2005

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $55.68
Price of two movie tickets: $12.82
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $68.50

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.78
Price of two movie tickets: $16.07
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.85

2004

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $54.34
Price of two movie tickets: $12.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $66.76

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.93
Price of two movie tickets: $15.98
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.91

2003

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $52.54
Price of two movie tickets: $12.06
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $64.60

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.14
Price of two movie tickets: $15.87
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.02

2002

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $51.44
Price of two movie tickets: $11.62
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $63.06

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $68.77
Price of two movie tickets: $15.54
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.31

2001

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