Carmike Ticket Prices

Carmike Cinemas is one of the largest theatre chains in the country and is often regarded as one of the most affordable cinemas as well. Carmike Cinemas ticket prices are often much lower when compared to other leading theatres but this doesn’t mean it sacrifices quality for affordability. Carmike is also one of the most enriching cinema chains due to its history:

Below are latest Carmike theater prices:



Children (ages 3-12)$9.75
Adults (ages 13 & up)$11.50
Seniors (ages 55+)$9.25

3D Movies

Children (ages 2-12)$11.75
Adults (ages 13 & up)$14.50
Seniors (ages 55+)$12.25


Children (ages 3-12)$10.75
Adults (ages 13 & up)$13.50
Seniors (ages 55+)$11.25

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History of Carmike Theatres

Carmike officially began in 1982 and was founded by Carl L. Patrick Sr. right after he had acquired Martin Theatres. The name Carmike is derived from his two sons: Carl Patrick Jr. and Michael Patrick. For the longest time the theatre chain was a local circuit but it quickly grew to over 400 theaters.

What Carmike did was acquire new screens and establish new theaters in as many place as possible, a tactic that its main competitors were moving against. Cinemas like Cineplex and United Artists were focusing on fewer theaters that had more screens and more amenities but Carmike pushed forward with rapid expansion.

By the 1990s Carmike had achieved near-perfect viewing experiences that it was, at the time, hailed as the best cinema to go to.

Unfortunately, misfortune fell on Carmike Cinemas as they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by the year 2000. The company was in debt of over $650 Million and it also failed to make $9 Million to pay off interest credit to bondholders.

Because of this the company had to sell off many of its theaters, particularly those with fewer screens. Most of the surviving theaters have ten or more screens available. This fight against bankruptcy dropped the number of theaters from over 440 to just over 300.

The company recovered out of bankruptcy in 2002 and began selling off and purchasing new screens and theaters. To this date there are now over 250 Carmike theaters with over 2,500 screens. It is now one of the top ten largest cinema chains in the country.

2009 saw Michael Patrick leaving the company as its chief executive. He was removed by the board of directors and then replaced by David Passman III. During this transition of responsibility Carmike also began plans of expansion, most of which would see fruition in 2011 to 2013.

In 2011 Carmike also delved into IMAX film viewing. It first acquired IMAX screens from its acquisition of several Rave Cinemas. The first deal gave Carmike seven IMAX screens to work with.  Another deal with Rave Cinemas in 2013 gave Carmike its eighth IMAX screen.

In 2014, Carmike was one of the first cinema companies to pull out the showing of the movie The Interview after hackers who recently attacked Sony Pictures put out terrorist threats to bomb any cinema that would show the movie. In a move to protect the public and the reputation of Carmike Cinemas, the movie was pulled out of theatres.

Carmike Theatres Innovations

Carmike is one of the very first theatre chains to make the switch to digital projection. While other theaters were still debating over the quality of film over digital filming, Carmike made the transition from 2005 to 2007.

By 2013, 2,418 of their screens utilized digital technology. 954 of these were equipped to display Real-D 3D movies, making it one of the largest chains in the country to feature 3D film viewing.

How Much Do Carmike Theatre Tickets Cost?

Carmike is known for being one of the most affordable cinemas to avail of in the country. You won’t be spending over $20 just to pay for a single ticket without concessions like popcorn and soft drinks. If you’re not sure how much Carmike Cinemas prices are in your area then you can always browse and purchase online.

Carmike ticket prices are also available digitally. You can purchase on your mobile phone and then simply show the e-ticket when you walk in. This system eliminates the need for disposable ticket paper.

Carmike ticket prices can also be discounted through the Carmike loyalty reward system. For every purchase you make, especially for movie tickets, you rack up points which can then be used later on for discounts and other promos offered by Carmike Cinemas.


Carmike Cinemas is a family friend establishment that focused on providing quality movie going experiences for everyone. Unlike many other chains that focused on increasing ticket prices, Carmike ticket prices remained relatively low so that more and more people could enjoy going to the movies.

With over 250 theatres and 2,400 screens available, you can always count on a Carmike Cinema to be near you. Not only does it feature low, affordable prices but the quality of the experience is second to none. Plus, Carmike is known for showing small, independent films so these theatres might be the only places you can watch limited-release movies.

For more information about Carmike, visit their official website.


  1. I can recall matinee costing 4.40 in the 1990s which matched exactly what I was getting paid per hour as a stock person at Altmeyer’ s Home store. The pay never changed the three years I worked there.

  2. My wife and I went to a Carmine theater Sunday the 22nd in Cookeville, TN. My wife wanted a small icee. The price was $6.50, we thought that was outrageous! ! Who pays $6.50 for a small icee, when you can buy the same thing for .69 cents at your local gas station. Your price needs to be adjusted down…

    Thank you,

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