Construction Cost Estimates for Movie Theater in National, US

The following analysis estimates the cost to build a movie theater using US National Average costs from 2013 RSMeans cost data. Costs are derived from a building model that assumes basic components, using union labor for a 12000 square foot building.

Scope differences and market conditions can cause costs to vary significantly. To see an estimate of the costs to build a movie theater in a specific city or metropolitan area, go to our index of movie theater models by state.

NOTE: This cost estimate uses 2013 RSMeans data. A more accurate estimate using current RSMeans cost data is available on RSMeans Online - our online cost estimating tool.

Movie Theater Construction Cost Assumptions
Location: US National Average
Stories: 1
Story Height (L.F.): 20.00
Floor Area (S.F.): 12000
Basement Included: No
Data Release: Year 2013

Movie Theater Square Foot Cost Assuming Decorative Concrete Block / Steel Joists

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
Total $123.50 $1,482,000
Contractor Fees (GC,Overhead,Profit) 25% $30.88 $370,500
Architectural Fees 7% $10.81 $129,700
Total Building Cost $165.18 $1,982,200
Cost Estimate (Open Shop) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
Total $114.79 $1,377,500
Contractor Fees (GC,Overhead,Profit) 25% $28.70 $344,400
Architectural Fees 7% $10.04 $120,500
Total Building Cost $153.53 $1,842,400

Movie Theater Square Foot Cost Assuming Face Brick on Conc. Block / Steel Joists

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Movie Theater Square Foot Cost Assuming Metal Sandwich Panels / Steel Joists

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
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Movie Theater Square Foot Cost Assuming Painted Concrete Block / Steel Joists

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
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Movie Theater Square Foot Cost Assuming Precast Concrete Panels / Steel Joists

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
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Movie Theater Square Foot Cost Assuming Tilt-up Panels / Steel Joists

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
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Cost Estimate (Open Shop) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
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