How To Get Free & Discounted Movie Tickets

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There is no need to spend a fortune to movie theaters since there are a number of easy ways to get movie tickets at a discount (and sometime for free). The main thing you need to do is always read the fine print on these tickets- While most are good at any time, some may have wait restrictions for newly released movies. Here is how you can get your movie tickets for below retail price:

AAA Automotive: Check AAA online. Through their site you can get tickets to Regal, United Artists and Edwards Theatres for $6 each in many areas of the US.

Costco Warehouse: You can get discount movie tickets online to Regal Theaters $7.50 per ticket when you purchase five.

Sam’s Club You can get discount movie tickets online to Cinemark, Bow Tie, National Amusements Multiplex, Malco and Dickinson Theaters.

Bulk Purchase Discount: Many theater chains sell tickets in bulk to homeowners associations, local companies, non-profit organizations, churches and schools at large discounts. If you are a member of any of these groups, ask if they will be purchasing any.

Theater Website: Check out the website of the theater you attend. Some theaters offer discount tickets directly from their website. For example, Marcus Theaters offer $5.50 per ticket 20 pack directly from their website.

Movie Club Cards: Most theaters offer customer loyalty movie cards that can earn you free tickets and other discounts.

Senior & Student Discounts: These age related tickets are generally much less than a full priced adult ticket if you qualify.

Local Memberships: Some movie theaters give a discount if you belong to a certain local organization. Ask for a list to see if you’re a member of any.

Local Coupons: Check newspapers, yellow pages, tourist guides and local entertainment guides often offer coupons for local movie theaters.

Entertainment Book: These contain coupons for Regal, AMC, Cinemark, National Amusements and Carmike theaters. If you go to a few movies, it will pay for the price of the book and you’ll have hundreds of other coupons you can use to save money

Product Promotions: Products that have tie-ins with certain movies will often offer discounted or free tickets with enough purchases. If you were planning to attend the movie, you get free food plus the tickets. Fast food companies also often hold these promotions.

Matinees: Matinee showings are usually priced lower than evening movies. Some theaters also offer “matinee Days” (usually a Tuesday) where seats are the matinee price all day.

Pre Matinees: Some theaters now sometimes open in the morning and these pre matinee showings are often even less than the matinee price

Many theaters run special summer programs for kids with free or heavily discounted tickets. Here are some of them

  • AMC Summer MovieCamp Free movies from June 27 – August 15 (excluding July 4) on Wednesdays starting at 10:00 AM.
  • Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse 10 weeks of movies on weekday mornings. Tickets for all 10 movies can be purchased in advance for $5 or can be purchased individually at the box office for $1 each.
  • Classic Cinemas $1 movies for 8 week from June 13 to August 8 (excluding July 4) on Wednesdays starting at 10:00 AM.
  • ClearView Cinema’s Kid’s Club An 8 week series with free admission every Thursday at 10:30 AM beginning July 5th
  • Crown Free Summer Kids Film Festival Details have not yet been posted on their site, but they have run summer programs in the past and have a graphic on their site advertising it.
  • Dickinson Summer Vacation Movie Series A 10 week series with a different movie each week starting June 5th for $9
  • Marcus Theaters Kids Rule Summer Series: $2.50 movies (includes free popcorn) at 10:00 AM Wednesday and Thursday
  • Regal Free Family Film Festival Free movies for 9 week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM. United Artists theaters and Edwards theaters also participate in this summer program.

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12 Responses to How To Get Free & Discounted Movie Tickets

  1. Teri says:

    You forgot get a job at a theatre or get a friend who works at one. My hubby’s best buddy’s brother just started working at a theatre so they get in free all the time. My dh has been considering getting a PT job at the theatre since he is a movie fiend.

    But in college we always went to the discount theatres. There was one just down the street that was something like $2 for a double feature. We would just spend the entire day there but about all our budgets allowed back then. Slightly older movies, but well worth it.

  2. mandy says:

    Where I live, movie tickets are less than 7.50, and before 6 p.m. only 4.50 for adults. Lots of competiton here. Another source to get discounted tickets is through your local newspaper.

  3. MoneyNing says:

    In my opinion, going to those small theatres is just like watching the movie at home.

    If you rent a movie, then it can be had for $1 per night via DVD kiosks like Red Box.

  4. pf101 says:

    Great tips. At one point I got put on the mailing list of the local theater so I would occasionally get emails offering tickets to advanced screenings. It was great. Movies in my area were $9.50 so going for free worked just fine for me and I definitely saw some movies I wouldn’t have paid to see. (EuroTrip comes to mind…)

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  6. A.J. says:

    … and you can get a $6.00 Supersaver ticket (though not valid for the first two weeks of a new released) with a minimum purchase of 50 tickets.

  7. Jessica M says:

    Thank you very much for your help now i can go to the movies with discounted tickets. This website Rocks!!!!

  8. Shannon says:

    At my local AMC in Hamilton, NJ you can get discounted tix if you eat at the UNO’s pizza ahead of time and purchase tix there. The only thing is the movie has to have been out for at least two weeks…but $6 a tix no prob I can wait!

  9. Robert says:

    If you’re an employee in a large corporation, Check for employee discount programs. My employer offers discounted ticket prices to AMC and Regal theatres.

  10. john says:

    My company offers Working Advantage and we get discount movie tickets for most of the major movie chains, as well as tickets for theme parks and ski resorts.

  11. Bob says:

    Hey, great list! Keep in mind that Fandango offers free tickets for completing “affiliate offers” and some of those are free trials. Just read the fine print; if it’s a “free trial” you might still be charged after a month. Cancel before the month is out, and you’re home (or at the movies) free!

  12. Jack says:

    Movie theaters should do something clever like e-mail free tickets to sign-up members on days when they predict there will be low turn outs to certain showings. That way the movie rooms that would have been half empty will instead be packed full of attendants who might spend money on snacks.

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