Barbie Fans – cheapest movie ticket prices for UK Cinemas Revealed.

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Barbie Fans could be paying up to 119% more as the cheapest movie ticket prices for UK Cinemas Revealed.

  • Research reveals that Barbie fans could save up to 119% on tickets by visiting a Vue cinema rather than Cineworld or Odeon.
  • Swansea is the cheapest UK city to watch the film.
  • London cinemas charge the most in the UK, with Barbie fans paying up to 340% (£13.91) more than those in the Welsh city.

As the hotly anticipated Barbie movie hits British movie screens on Friday, 21st July, nostalgia sweeps the nation. New data reveals that consumers could be spending 119% more based on where they watch the film in the UK.

UK’s savings site,, analysed opening day ticket prices from three leading cinema chains: Cineworld, Odeon, and Vue, comparing prices at venues across the biggest cities in Britain.

The data shows that Vue cinemas offer the best value for money, with the average price for both an adult and child ticket totalling £5.96 each across their UK cinema venues. A four-person family comprising two children and two adults could pay an average of £23.84 on opening day. This comes in 85% cheaper than other competitors reviewed, with both Cineworld and Odeon totalling £44.18 each for a family of four.

Those without a local Vue cinema can expect to pay a significantly higher entry fee, as the data shows a huge disparity in average ticket prices across the three leading chains. Fans opting to watch the film from a Cineworld or Odeon venue could end up paying double, or close to, the price of an average adult ticket compared to Vue’s costs: £11.10 (+86%) and £13.03 (+119%), respectively. 

The average price of a Barbie cinema ticket on opening day:

Cinema ChainThe average across all cinema retailersThe average cost of tickets for 2 adults and 2 childrenThe average cost of a child ticket
Average across all cinema retailers£10.37£9.46£39.66

Research shows that a cinema’s location within the UK greatly impacts a Barbie ticket’s cost.

Cinema-goers based in Swansea are in luck as they can secure the cheapest seats in the UK. Average ticket prices cost just £6.07 for an adult ticket on opening day. The South Wales city also offers the best value for money on children’s tickets, at £4.96. Following closely behind for adults and children was York, at a cost of £6.71 each.

Londoners of all ages could pay up to 118% more at the other end of the scale. The average adult ticket is priced at £13.26 and £11.90 for kids. The second priciest location is Liverpool for adults (£12.62 average) and Brighton for a youth ticket (£10.87 average).

RankCityAverage adult ticket costAverage child ticket costTotal cost (adult and child)

Looking at which individual outlets in each city are offering the cheapest seats in the UK, the Vue cinemas in Birmingham, Cardiff, Omni Centre (Edinburgh), Fort (Glasgow), Leicester, Sheffield, and Swansea offer tickets for just £4.09 per adult. 

However, Barbie fans heading to Odeon cinemas at Broadway Plaza (Birmingham), Quay (Glasgow), Haymarket (London) and Swiss Cottage (London) should be prepared to cough up the cash, as they’re set to be charged £18 each – over three times the cost of the cheapest outlets available (340%).

Anita Naik, Savings Expert at said: “As the Barbie franchise takes its first steps into live-action cinematics, it’s safe to say this film is already set to be the big hit of 2023. The release has generated a huge buzz already; cinema chains up and down the country are set to cash in on the film’s popularity. 

“Although a trip to the cinema can be quite costly, planning your visit and which chain you visit could have a big impact on your wallet. If you want to avoid paying over-the-top fees, it’s worth researching local cinema chains in and around your area or calculating if it may be cheaper to travel a little further. For further deals on your cinema snacks, tickets, and more, it’s worth checking out, where all the codes are hand tested and designed to save you that little bit extra.”


  • Research carried out from 22/06/23 – 26/06/23, all prices accurate at the time of research.  
  • The costs for each city calculated are based on the availability of all Vue, Cineworld and Odeon cinemas in the area, from which an average of all available cinemas was calculated.  
  • The average cost of all show times on opening day has been calculated when looking at individual cinema locations.