Price of dinner-and-a-movie the year you were born

MooseRoots calculated how much it would have cost in each year since 1940

The ornate exterior at Portland's Hollywood Theatre at NE 42nd and Sandy, November 2015 (KOIN)
The ornate exterior at Portland's Hollywood Theatre at NE 42nd and Sandy, November 2015 (KOIN)

(GRAPHIQ) — 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 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.

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

In this image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Michael Keaton portrays Riggan in a scene from "Birdman." The film received nine Oscar nominations, including best picture, actor in a leading role, actor in a supporting role, actress in a supporting role, directing, original screenplay, cinematography, sound editing and sound mixing. The 87th annual Academy Awards are held on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Atsushi Nishijima)
In this image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Michael Keaton portrays Riggan in a scene from “Birdman.” (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Atsushi Nishijima)

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

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

Javier Bardem in the 2007 Best Picture winner, "No Country for Old Men" (Paramount)
Javier Bardem in the 2007 Best Picture winner, “No Country for Old Men” (Paramount)

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

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $50.52
Price of two movie tickets: $11.32
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $61.84

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.46
Price of two movie tickets: $15.56
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.02

2000

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $48.98
Price of two movie tickets: $10.78
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $59.76

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.61
Price of two movie tickets: $15.32
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.94

1999

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $47.90
Price of two movie tickets: $10.16
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $58.06

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.57
Price of two movie tickets: $14.76
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.33

1998

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $46.90
Price of two movie tickets: $9.38
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $56.28

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.17
Price of two movie tickets: $13.83
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.01

1997

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the 1997 Best Picture winner, "Titanic" (Paramount)
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the 1997 Best Picture winner, “Titanic” (Paramount)

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $45.92
Price of two movie tickets: $9.18
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $55.10

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.31
Price of two movie tickets: $13.86
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.16

1996

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $44.74
Price of two movie tickets: $8.84
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $53.58

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.50
Price of two movie tickets: $13.73
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.24

1995

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $43.32
Price of two movie tickets: $8.70
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $52.02

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.19
Price of two movie tickets: $13.90
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.08

1994

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $42.12
Price of two movie tickets: $8.36
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $50.48

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.02
Price of two movie tickets: $13.70
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $82.72

1993

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $41.12
Price of two movie tickets: $8.28
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $49.40

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.37
Price of two movie tickets: $13.97
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.34

1992

Clint Eastwood in the 1992 Best Picture winner, "Unforgiven" (Warner Brothers)
Clint Eastwood in the 1992 Best Picture winner, “Unforgiven” (Warner Brothers)

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $40.26
Price of two movie tickets: $8.30
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $48.56

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.98
Price of two movie tickets: $14.43
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.40

1991

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $39.78
Price of two movie tickets: $8.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $48.20

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.07
Price of two movie tickets: $15.25
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $87.32

1990

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $38.64
Price of two movie tickets: $8.46
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $47.10

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.78
Price of two movie tickets: $16.15
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.94

1989

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $36.52
Price of two movie tickets: $7.94
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $44.46

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.10
Price of two movie tickets: $15.89
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.00

1988

Dustin Hoffman in the 1988 Best Picture, "Rain Man" (MGM)
Dustin Hoffman in the 1988 Best Picture, “Rain Man” (MGM)

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $34.50
Price of two movie tickets: $8.22
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $42.72

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.88
Price of two movie tickets: $17.13
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.00

1987

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $33.12
Price of two movie tickets: $7.82
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $40.94

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.53
Price of two movie tickets: $16.89
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $88.42

1986

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $31.80
Price of two movie tickets: $7.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $39.22

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $69.98
Price of two movie tickets: $16.33
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $86.31

1985

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $30.82
Price of two movie tickets: $7.10
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $37.92

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.23
Price of two movie tickets: $16.18
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $86.41

1984

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $30.14
Price of two movie tickets: $6.72
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $36.86

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.64
Price of two movie tickets: $15.97
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $87.61

1983

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $29.02
Price of two movie tickets: $6.30
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $35.32

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.19
Price of two movie tickets: $15.45
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $86.64

1982

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $28.42
Price of two movie tickets: $5.88
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $34.30

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.99
Price of two movie tickets: $15.31
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.30

1981

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $27.32
Price of two movie tickets: $5.56
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $32.88

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $78.47
Price of two movie tickets: $15.97
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $94.44

1980

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $25.34
Price of two movie tickets: $5.38
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $30.72

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $82.65
Price of two movie tickets: $17.55
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $100.20

1979

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $23.34
Price of two movie tickets: $5.02
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $28.36

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $84.70
Price of two movie tickets: $18.22
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $102.91

1978

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $21.04
Price of two movie tickets: $4.68
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $25.72

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $82.18
Price of two movie tickets: $18.28
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $100.46

1977

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in the 1977 Best Picture, "Annie Hall" (IMDB)
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in the 1977 Best Picture, “Annie Hall” (IMDB)

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $19.12
Price of two movie tickets: $4.46
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $23.58

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $79.53
Price of two movie tickets: $18.55
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $98.08

1976

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $18.00
Price of two movie tickets: $4.26
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $22.26

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $79.18
Price of two movie tickets: $18.74
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $97.92

1975

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $17.46
Price of two movie tickets: $4.10
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $21.56

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $83.82
Price of two movie tickets: $19.68
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $103.51

1974

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $16.10
Price of two movie tickets: $3.74
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $19.84

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $85.83
Price of two movie tickets: $19.94
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $105.77

1973

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $14.06
Price of two movie tickets: $3.54
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $17.60

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $79.59
Price of two movie tickets: $20.04
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $99.63

1972

This photo provided by Paramount Pictures shows Marlon Brando, right, as Don Corleone, in a scene from the 1972 movie, "The Godfather." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)
This photo provided by Paramount Pictures shows Marlon Brando, right, as Don Corleone, in a scene from the 1972 movie, “The Godfather.” (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $12.28
Price of two movie tickets: $3.40
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $15.68

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.79
Price of two movie tickets: $19.88
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $91.66

1971

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $11.78
Price of two movie tickets: $3.30
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $15.08

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.83
Price of two movie tickets: $20.12
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $91.95

1970

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $11.44
Price of two movie tickets: $3.10
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $14.54

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.82
Price of two movie tickets: $20.00
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $93.82

1969

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $10.84
Price of two movie tickets: $2.84
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $13.68

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.77
Price of two movie tickets: $19.33
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $93.09

1968

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $10.30
Price of two movie tickets: $2.62
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $12.92

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.09
Price of two movie tickets: $18.59
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $91.68

1967

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $9.94
Price of two movie tickets: $2.40
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $12.34

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.51
Price of two movie tickets: $17.51
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $90.01

1966

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $9.86
Price of two movie tickets: $2.18
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $12.04

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $74.08
Price of two movie tickets: $16.38
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $90.46

1965

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $9.40
Price of two movie tickets: $2.02
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $11.42

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.75
Price of two movie tickets: $15.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $87.16

1964

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $9.18
Price of two movie tickets: $1.86
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $11.04

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.96
Price of two movie tickets: $14.38
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.34

1963

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $9.06
Price of two movie tickets: $1.70
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $10.76

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.91
Price of two movie tickets: $13.31
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.22

1962

Peter O'Toole as Lawrence of Arabia
In this undated photo Actor Peter O’Toole is shown in Lawrence of Arabia. (AP Photo/File)

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.94
Price of two movie tickets: $1.40
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $10.34

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.80
Price of two movie tickets: $11.09
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $81.89

1961

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.86
Price of two movie tickets: $1.38
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $10.24

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $70.92
Price of two movie tickets: $11.05
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $81.96

1960

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.76
Price of two movie tickets: $1.20
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.96

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.15
Price of two movie tickets: $9.75
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $80.90

1959

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.66
Price of two movie tickets: $1.02
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.68

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.04
Price of two movie tickets: $8.37
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $79.40

1958

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.80
Price of two movie tickets: $1.02
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.82

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $74.16
Price of two movie tickets: $8.60
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $82.76

1957

"Bridge on the River Kwai" won Best Picture in 1957 (Columbia Pictures)
“Bridge on the River Kwai” won Best Picture in 1957 (Columbia Pictures)

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.44
Price of two movie tickets: $1.00
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.44

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.51
Price of two movie tickets: $8.71
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $82.21

1956

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.18
Price of two movie tickets: $1.00
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.18

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.32
Price of two movie tickets: $8.84
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $81.17

1955

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.12
Price of two movie tickets: $0.96
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.08

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $71.58
Price of two movie tickets: $8.46
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $80.05

1954

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.24
Price of two movie tickets: $0.90
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.14

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.89
Price of two movie tickets: $7.96
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $80.85

1953

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.26
Price of two movie tickets: $1.20
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.46

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.66
Price of two movie tickets: $10.70
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $84.36

1952

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.38
Price of two movie tickets: $1.14
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.52

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $76.41
Price of two movie tickets: $10.39
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $86.80

1951

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $8.24
Price of two movie tickets: $1.06
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $9.30

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $81.04
Price of two movie tickets: $10.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $91.46

1950

"All About Eve" won Best Picture in 1950 (IMDB)
“All About Eve” won Best Picture in 1950 (IMDB)

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $7.42
Price of two movie tickets: $1.00
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $8.42

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $73.78
Price of two movie tickets: $9.94
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $83.72

1949

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $7.32
Price of two movie tickets: $0.92
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $8.24

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.06
Price of two movie tickets: $9.06
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $81.12

1948

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $7.62
Price of two movie tickets: $0.80
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $8.42

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $80.81
Price of two movie tickets: $8.48
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $89.29

1947

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $7.02
Price of two movie tickets: $0.78
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $7.80

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $85.16
Price of two movie tickets: $9.46
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $94.62

1946

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $5.78
Price of two movie tickets: $0.74
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $6.52

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $76.05
Price of two movie tickets: $9.74
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $85.79

1945

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $5.04
Price of two movie tickets: $0.70
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $5.74

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $67.82
Price of two movie tickets: $9.42
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $77.24

1944

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $4.92
Price of two movie tickets: $0.64
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $5.56

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $67.29
Price of two movie tickets: $8.75
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $76.05

1943

Paul Henreid, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (file)
Paul Henreid, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (file)

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $5.00
Price of two movie tickets: $0.58
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $5.58

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.48
Price of two movie tickets: $8.41
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $80.88

1942

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $4.48
Price of two movie tickets: $0.54
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $5.02

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $72.03
Price of two movie tickets: $8.68
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $80.71

1941

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $3.82
Price of two movie tickets: $0.50
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $4.32

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $64.56
Price of two movie tickets: $8.45
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $73.01

1940

Absolute Price (what you would have paid back then)
Price of dinner for two: $3.50
Price of two movie tickets: $0.48
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $3.98

Inflation-Adjusted Price (amount you would have to spend today)
Price of dinner for two: $59.58
Price of two movie tickets: $8.17
Total price of dinner and a movie for two: $67.75

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