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Some moviegoers balk at new NC ticket tax

Posted January 3

— Anyone going to see "Anchorman 2," "Frozen" or "The Hobbit" at a theater this weekend will have to dig a little deeper in the wallet to pay for tickets.

Under the overhaul of the state tax system that lawmakers approved in July, tickets to movies and other entertainment, from museums to concerts to college and professional sporting events, are now subject to state sales tax.

The price of a matinee at Mission Valley Cinema in Raleigh used to be $6. Now, it's $6.50, as theater owners passed the tax through to customers.

"There's a few people who have noticed it – "It's usually $6. What's with the increase?" – but not terribly many," said MacKenzie Hancock, who was working at the Mission Valley Cinema box office on Friday.

Bill Peebles, who owns Mission Valley Cinema and several other local theaters, said he had no choice but to raise his prices.

"Regrettably, I cannot absorb this tax increase, and we must pass it along to our patrons," Peebles said in an email to WRAL News.

The change is part of a tax package that also includes income tax cuts, but the cuts aren't as immediately noticeable as the increases – and tax increases are never popular.

"It's ridiculous what they're doing with the taxes here. I'm a state worker, and what they're doing to us is off the chain," moviegoer Teresa Wigginton said.

Brent Keller and Kaitlyn Peck took the higher ticket costs in stride.

"I'll probably still come just as regularly. The 50 cents doesn't really make much difference to me," Keller said.

"It's just 50 cents," Peck said.

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  • Pepe Silvia Jan 7, 10:33 a.m.

    "How anyone of good conscience can go along with the damage this does to people on set incomes due to health issues is beyond logic." - razor2

    Please explain the 'damage' that is being done... movies & sporting events are a luxury and a hobby. If someone is on a set income (for health reasons or any other reason) then they can wait until it comes out on DVD and rent it from Redbox or even buy it (usually cheaper than taking an entire family to the movies - even without this tax) I only go see maybe one or two movies a year and I'm not on a fixed income, I just have better ways to spend my money.

  • 45ACP Jan 6, 5:51 p.m.

    If you don't like the tax, don't go the movies............

  • geoherb1 Jan 6, 5:09 p.m.

    New taxes, brought to us by the party of no new taxes unless they affect the middle class and poor and not the wealthy.

  • razor2 Jan 6, 4:51 p.m.

    How anyone of good conscience can go along with the damage this does to people on set incomes due to health issues is beyond logic.

    The elderly,the sick and disabled who live paycheck to paycheck that are effected by this wealth distribution by the republicans is totally disgusting.. I have said it many times those people making these laws have no clue what its like to live with the
    hardships these people face. Coming from wealthy backgrounds it just doesn't register the damage these laws are doing to people and nor do they care..

  • whatelseisnew Jan 6, 3:49 p.m.

    "And that is what the government knows, its just .50 cents, but add up all the 50 cents and you got a whole lot of money flowing to someone!"

    At least you CONTROL whether or not they get the fifty cents, unlike property tax that I paid a couple weeks back. If I did not pay that blackmail, at some point people with weapons would come to my home and remove me from the premises. So to avoid this, I handed over enough money to pay that little 50 cent tax thousands of times. Not sure why that is. It makes no sense to me to be punished by government for simply owning property.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 6, 3:46 p.m.

    "It's ridiculous what they're doing with the taxes here. I'm a state worker, and what they're doing to us is off the chain," moviegoer Teresa Wigginton said.'

    Look at the bright side Teresa. You are not paying the tax. The taxpayers that gave you their money are paying for the entire cost of the ticket, not you.

    "Wow, I don't see anymore money in my take home pay. Guess I didn't get a tax cut. I won't even know until next year if I paid enough tax. Yea, this is really uhm, good, and stuff."

    Actually it is. too many people pay nothing. many others actually receive return of money greater than they had removed from their paychecks by the State and Federal Government. So this gets a few of them to actually pay a little of the cost. Some people on here call this tax regressive. What is actually regressive is punitively taxing one person over another as the lefties like to do. This tax is actually optional. Wait a little while and you can watch any movie for very little cost at home.

  • 42 Jan 6, 3:42 p.m.

    To NC middle class, don't spend you $50 tax break all in one place. I'm sure you can find 20 or so fees and new sales taxes to turn your $50 refund to a $500 new tax.

  • superman Jan 6, 3:33 p.m.

    How about if you investigate the tax on one (1) pack of cigarettes?

  • SMAPAEA Jan 6, 3:13 p.m.

    Wow, I don't see anymore money in my take home pay. Guess I didn't get a tax cut. I won't even know until next year if I paid enough tax. Yea, this is really uhm, good, and stuff.

  • familyandamerica Jan 6, 2:42 p.m.

    "Thank you Mr. McCrory (R) for lowering our taxes !"

    If you make more than ~$90,000 a year, he did lower your taxes. Everyone else is seeing a tax increase, plus these little regressive taxes besides. Won't matter much to people who can afford a home theater but for everyone else it's just one more way the current General Assembly is making life worse for everyone in NC. But do keep thanking them. I'm sure they appreciate it.

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