Saving Money at the Movies:15 Ways to Get Discounts on Movie Tickets

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Going to the movies can be so expensive, especially for a large family. We want to help you with Saving Money at the Movies so we put together this list  of 15 Ways to Get Discounts on Movie Tickets.

We welcome your ideas too. Do you have any tips you can share with all us of to help save money at the movies? Do you have a favorite local theater that offers movie discounts nearby?

According to Wikipedia, the 5 largest movie chains in the US are:

Regal Entertainment Group

AMC Entertainment Inc.

Cinemark Theatres

Carmike Cinemas, Inc.

Cineplex Entertainment

15 Ways to Get Discounts on Movie Tickets:

1. Get in FREE

If you don’t mind getting there early, you can see FREE movie screenings before everyone else! Here are 3 websites that can help you to find FREE movie screenings near you:, and

Right now in selected cities, you can see a FREE screening of Pitch Perfect 2 from You will need to create a free account, or sign in to your account to reserve your free tickets.

2. Get Summer Movie Discounts

Cinemark – Summer Movie Pass. At participating theaters, you can purchase a pass and watch 10 movies for only $5.00, yes, only 50 cents per movie! All of the movies are G or PG. Parents and kids can purchase the Summer Movie Pass.

Regal– Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Harkin Theatres – 10 Movies, 10 Weeks for less than $1.

 3. Go Early

Cinemark Early Bird – discounts for the first matinee show of the day, every movie, every day. See the list of early bird discounts near you from participating movie theaters.

4. Go on a Weekday

Cinemark – Monday is Family Value Day

Regal Crown Club – Value Day See the list of weekday movie discount locations near you.

5. Buy Ahead of Time

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At Fandango, you buy your tickets ahead of time online, read movie reviews, and get discounts. There is a convenience fee. If you are a VISA Signature Cardholder, you can buy $25 in instantly redeemable Fandango Gift Cards and get $5 off your order.

6. Go Mobile and Social

Movie chains may send special offers and coupons through their mobile APPS. Join and save!

Cinemark CineMode APP  

Regal Mobile APP

Follow your favorite movie theaters on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. They often have special promotions just for fans.

7.  Buy in Bulk 

AMC Entertainment – create a free account and get details about purchasing movie tickets in bulk.

Cinemark Reel Family Time – $1.15 Admission Per Person for Parties of 3 or More. Featuring the Kiddie Combo! (Ask for Details) Program valid only at participating Cinemark Theatres.

Costco – you can purchase discounted movie tickets at Costco and online. There are 3 choices: AMC Gold a 10 pack for $84.99, ($8.49 each), Regal Premier Super Saver, 8 tickets for $84.99($8.49 each) or Cinemark Theaters 10 pack for $79.99.

Regal – corporate and bulk rate tickets available

8. Go to the Drive In

You can often watch two new-release movies at a drive in for less than the cost of one ticket at a traditional theater.

9.  Get a AAA Discount

AAA offers discount movie tickets to members. Also, if you are a member of a union or trade organization, check your benefits for access to discounts on movie tickets and more!

10. Senior Discounts

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 60 +) Tuesday is Senior Day at select AMC Theaters
Carmike Cinemas: up to 35% off (65+) and can vary by location
Cinemark: up to 35% off with some exclusions
Regal Cinemas: 60+ discounts vary by location

11.  Student Discounts 

AMC Theatres 
Make Thursday your movie night at an AMC Theatres location. It’s the only day you can get discounted tickets with a student ID.

Cinemark has more than 30 theaters in 12 states offering discounted movie tickets with a valid student ID.

Regal – varies by movie, show time and location

12. Join the Club for the Perks

Many theaters offer rewards programs with discounts and other promotions.
AMC Stubs is $12 a year. Members get a $10 credit for every $100 spent, free upgrades on popcorn and soda, and no online ticket fees. If you are a frequent movie goer, spend more than $100 a year and prefer AMC Theaters, this may be a good option for you.
Carmike Rewards–  get 1 point for every $1 spent at the box office and concession stand. As your points accumulate you can earn free concession items and free movie tickets.
Regal Crown Club – free to join. Earn one credit for every dollar spent on tickets and extra credit for concession purchases. Once you reach 150 credits you earn STAR STATUS and you can get a free movie ticket.
Fandango has a VIP program that is free to join. You can return or exchange your ticket, earn rewards points from AMC Stubs, Regal Crown Club and more, plus get invited to free screenings, digital download discounts and more.

13. Order an Entertainment Book

Order an Entertainment Book for your city. Then, use it to get movie tickets for as little as $6 each. Eligible theaters include: Regal, United Artists, Edwards, Showcase, Multiplex, Cinema Delux and AMC.  The movie ticket discounts alone will cover the cost of the books. There are tons of restaurant and fast food deals too. Before your purchase, preview the book by typing in your zip code.

14. Buy Discounted Movie Ticket Gift Cards

You can buy gift cards to movie chains at a discount. has discounted movie gift certificates from AMC Theaters, Fandango, Carmike, Regal, Muvico, iPic Theaters & more with discounts up to 17%! 

Movie Ticket Deals, Discounts, Offers, & Coupons | Dealflicks

 15. Try Dealflicks

Dealflicks  helps movie theaters to fill empty seats, like a Priceline for movie tickets. The best part for us, there is no convenience fee or electronic fees. Sign up is free: Save up to 60% on Movie Tickets and Concessions | Dealflicks

Refer-a-friend: Every time you share Dealflicks with a friend not only do they get 20% off their first purchase but you will receive a coupon worth $5 for yourself. The more you share the more you earn, you could even earn free movie tickets for the rest of your life!

Movie tickets make great gifts for teens and young adults, as thank you gifts and for teachers. Short of sneaking in or pretending you are 12 and under, do you have any money saving tips to share for Saving Money at the Movies?

Alea September 27, 2013 at 10:57 am

Great tips! I’m pinning this for future reference.

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