5 Simple Movie Theater Tips That’ll Save You LOTS of Money
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Do you love going to the movies…
… but not the spendy movie theater ticket prices and concession costs? Check out our five simple tips to help you save money!
1. Sign up for free loyalty programs.
It’s definitely worth signing up for your theater’s loyalty program as you’ll score coupons, exclusive offers, and more…plus if you visit more than one theater in your area, be sure to sign up for each of their loyalty programs! Here are a few loyalty programs for popular theaters across the country:
When you sign up for the free Regal Crown Club, you’ll earn points towards free movie tickets or concessions. Plus, members can get 25% off candy on Mondays and 50% off popcorn on Tuesdays with paid admission (scroll down to the bottom of the page for more details).
Become a member of AMC Stubs Insiders Rewards program (it’s free!) and you’ll be able to take advantage of $5 Ticket Tuesdays, a free large popcorn on your birthday, a free refill with large popcorn purchase, a $5 reward every time you reach 5,000 points, exclusive offers, and more.
If you’d rather, you can get AMC Premiere perks like free size upgrades on popcorn and fountain drinks. You’ll also earn points 5x faster than Insiders (100 points per $1 spent) – all for just $15 a year.
Prefer Cinemark? Sign up for Cinemark Connections and you’ll get exclusive savings at the concession stand, early access to advance tickets, be able to enter contests and sweepstakes, plus more!
2. Check for discount days at your local theater.
If your movie theater offers a discount for purchasing tickets on a particular day, grab the family and head to the movies!
Also, Cinemark offers various Discount Days (will vary by location), as well as other discounts for military, seniors, students, early bird options, and more. And, Regal Cinemas offers Value Days where you can enjoy discounted movie ticket prices (excludes holidays and opening days for new movies).
3. Save big on concessions.
Did you know that you can save on concessions at the movies? Here are a few ways that these popular theaters are offering up a few savings on things like popcorn, drinks, and candy:
AMC: If you have an AMC CLASSIC theater nearby (view the locations here), AMC Stubs members can score a refillable popcorn bucket for just $15.99 or $19.99 for non-members (plus tax). Then, you can refill your popcorn bucket for just $4.49 every time you return this year (through 12/31/18). If you’re a Stubs member, your second bucket refill will be FREE on same day visits!
Cinemark: Purchase Cinemark’s annual refill cups by 12/31/18 and refill them all year long for a discounted price. You can buy a 32oz cup or small popcorn for just $8 each OR a 42oz cup or medium popcorn for just $10 each (not eligible for free refills). You’ll also want to sign up for their weekly email so you can get their concession coupons sent to your inbox every week!
Regal: Download the Regal Cinemas mobile app and enjoy monthly coupons and discounts like 15% off or more (check out their other promotions here). Plus, AARP members get $3 off the purchase of a small (or larger size) popcorn and soft drink combination. View other savings here.
4. Consider subscription plans.
If you watch (or could watch! 😉) several movies every month, consider signing up for a subscription to MoviePass, a monthly service that provides unlimited access to movie screenings in your area with no blackout dates – and is available for all major movies and all major theaters (with over 3,700 theaters and more than 33,000 screens)! The cost starts at just $9.95 per month based on your location.
There are a few catches to the service, such as you can’t see more than one movie a day, you can’t see the same movie twice, and you can’t see any 3D movies. However, if you see a couple of movies every month, you’ve lowered your cost to less than $5 per movie ticket, which is an awesome price!
Other movie subscription plans:
AMC: Starting June 26th, AMC is adding the Stubs A-List to the AMC Stubs loyalty program. With Stubs A-List, you can see up to three movies every week – including ALL premium formats like Dolby Cinema, IMAX at AMC, PRIME at AMC, RealD 3D, BigD, and D-Box at any of their U.S locations for just $19.95/month. Go here for more details.
5. Purchase discounted movie gift cards.
If you have a Costco or Sam’s Club membership, you can save a few dollars per movie ticket when you buy these bundles in-store or online. Costco sells a 4-pack of Cinemark Theatres Platinum Supersaver Movie E-Tickets (valid for ANY movie at ANY time) for $33.99 delivered – just $8.50 per ticket!
Gift card website Raise.com sells discounted gift cards for hundreds of businesses, including all of the major movie theaters. Other marketplaces like eBay.com, Newegg.com, Groupon, and Amazon also occasionally offer up discounted movie theater gift card deals.