Cinema – Our Pricing Solutions

Our Dynamic Pricing solutions help to optimize cinema ticket pricing to increase revenues and profits.

Pricing Challenges And Goals For Cinemas

Discover the demand for each cinema ticket in your theater and set up the right pricing strategy for your movies.

Challenges for Cinemas

Attendance loss for younger audience

Online streaming services and changing consumer behavior leads to attendance loss for younger audiences in many cinemas. Attractive prices and bundles attract those audience again.

High demand vs. low demand times

Weekends and evenings attract more movie-goers than weekdays and midday. Attractive and dynamic prices shift demand to off-times and increase revenue on peak-times

Competition from third party subscription provider

Implement your own dynamic pricing strategy to keep your independency from third party providers and collect own visitor data.
Cinema Statistics
Average ticket price impact per show
Average ticket price impact per show with revenue simulation tool

Pricing Goals for Cinemas

Drive Revenues

Utilize the price insensivity of spontaneous and solvent customers for high-demand movies to increase overall revenue.

Increase visits at off-peak times

Offer attractive prices at off-peak times to shift demand and reduce the impact of fixed costs at those times.

Incentivize online sales

Increase online sales through special discounts to collect more customer behavior information and get better planing security while saving money.

How We Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

To achieve the strategic goals of our clients we usually follow three steps:


Pricing Analysis and Scoping

  • Analysis of demand and price structure with cinema Analytix Tool
  • Simulation of prices and revenue impact
  • Scoping of interfaces with ticketing system and website provider


Development of Interface & Communication Support

  • Calibrate Cinema Dynamix Tool based on historic data
  • Develop and test interfaces to ensure ease of use for online and box-office customers
  • Share best practices for online and offline price communication


Launch of Real-Time Dynamic Pricing

  • Automatic price updates with Dynamix Tool
  • Continuous support
  • Access to customized web-tool to change price settings and real-time reporting (if desired)

Typical Results For Cinemas

+5% - 15%

Increase in attendance during off-peak times

+5% - 10%

Increase in overall revenue

+5% - 10%

Increase in share of online sales

How does Smart Pricing Work For Cinemas

Christian Kluge and Gergana Ivanova are at the cinemacon2019 and share their 3 key insights about current trends in the cinema industry.

What Our Clients Say

“Our initial applications of Smart Pricer’s software have had very positive results. We plan to expand our use of their dynamic pricing technology.” Ian Sheperd

CCO, Odeon Group

“By examining our current pricing scheme in combination with data analytics, Smart Pricer delivered enlightening insights to applicable pricing improvements. After going live with Smart Pricer’s dynamic pricing solution at our Cinema Park theatres the first results are really impressive.Roman Linin

CEO, Cinema Park Formulation Kino

“Smart Pricer’s software has increased our revenues significantly. We are pleased that our guests accept the new pricing model.” Jens Heinze

General Manager, UCI Kinowelt

“With the help of Smart Pricer and their pricing analysis kit we evaluated our pricing structure. Using a movie lifecycle analysis and understanding the correlating customer patterns helped us identify potential levers in our pricing structure to unlock higher revenue potential.” Erik Kongsvik-Ibsen

COO, Nordisk Group


FAQ – Answers to Your Questions

What are the expenses for theatre operators implementing dynamic pricing?
The costs vary based on the scale of the dynamic pricing roll-out. Revenue uplifts are typically 5x – 10x higher than the cost of implementation.
How do distributors react to dynamic pricing?
As long as ticket discounts are modest and the overall average ticket price increases, distributors support dynamic pricing as they participate in revenue increases.
What efforts are required for implementing dynamic pricing?
Testing dynamic pricing at a few theatres is usually the first step before conducting a full roll-out at all theatres.

The test preparation typically takes 2 to 8 weeks depending on:

  • The quality and speed of historic data delivery by the exhibitor
  • The availability of resources for setting up the price update process
  • The speed of adjusting customer communication and informing theater teams

For the live operation of dynamic pricing, efforts depend on the POS integration. This could either mean no effort is needed, meaning price updates are fully-automated or just 5 to 10 minutes per day for price updates to do be carried out by the local theater or central pricing team.

How do we communicate dynamic pricing in the cinema industry?
Communication is key for a successful introduction of dynamic pricing.

We propose to transparently communicate how customers can make a bargain, e.g. “Buy early for off-peak shows and save up to 3 EUR”.

How do you measure the revenue increase generated by dynamic pricing?
The revenue increases are measured by conducting A / B tests, i.e. we track the average ticket price and attendance development at theatres with dynamic pricing (test theatres) and compare them against comparable theatres without dynamic pricing (control theatres).
Why is dynamic pricing suitable for cinemas?
The combination of fixed capacity and variable demand, creates the perfect condition for dynamic pricing.

As price sensitivity for each show fluctuates depending on movie, weekday, time and several other factors; dynamic pricing can be used to drive attendance during off-peak times as well as slightly lift ticket prices during peak hours if desired.

Our Case Study

Discover how we introduce dynamic pricing with our clients.

German Cinema Ticket Pricing

In this white paper we review the development of attendance, ticket revenue and ticket prices over the last years. We examine the pricing models of the top German chains and look at the pricing innovations that may shape the next years.

  • Pricing innovations allow visitors more choice in product and price for a specific show
  • The current static pricing creates inefficiencies, does not consider true demand
  • The megatrend of dynamic pricing is the next frontier for cinema pricing


Cinema Pricing Study

Upcoming Conferences And Events

Find us and come say hello at these industry events, fairs, and conferences:
Cinema Con

cinema con

April 01-04, 2019
Las Vegas, USA

CinemaCon has evolved and grown to become the largest and most important gathering for the worldwide motion picture theater industry. CinemaCon is a global event attracting attendees from more than 80 countries.

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Cine Europe

cine europe

June 17-20, 2019
barcelona, spain

The 28th Edition of CineEurope promises to bring another year with the very best in exclusive studio screenings and product presentations, cinematic technologies and innovations and educational seminars. Meet us at the Summit!

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Filmmesse 2019

August 06-09, 2019
Köln, Germany

The Cologne Film Fair has developed into a industry get-together in the past 10 years. Cologne is primarily about communication with cinema operators and networks. Prepare for an exchange with each other.

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Show East

show east

October 14-17, 2019
Miami, Florida

ShowEast continues to bring executives together from across the country with one goal in mind – Create the best movie experience possible.

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