AMC

The AMC Theatre in downtown Burbank. (File photo / June 4, 2013)

Sherry Tedeschi is an avid moviegoer, typically hitting a film a week, sometimes two or three.

The Beverly Hills resident usually patronizes the AMC Century City 15 multiplex so she can poke around the Westfield mall after the show. She buys packets of discounted AMC tickets at Costco.

So it was with more than a little dismay that Tedeschi, 69, learned recently that, beginning July 8, her discounted AMC tickets will be slapped with a $2 "location surcharge."

Such fees are a sneaky way that ticket prices are being jacked up at a time when audiences are shrinking and average costs to catch a flick already are near a record high.

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-- David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times