Catching a film at the movie theater is an extravagant treat, especially when you consider the high costs of tickets and concessions. But with some planning and savings, you can take the whole family or go with a group of friends. Just follow some simple money-saving strategies.
Get Discounted Tickets
Buying discounted tickets has become easier in recent years, especially with websites like RewardIt, Living Social and Groupon. While the offerings on these types of sites change almost daily, they often offer unbeatable deals on movie tickets.
Another option is to check the website of the theater you plan on seeing a movie at. Certain chains offer discounted movie tickets with the purchase of gift cards. Others offer discounts to specific groups such as students, seniors, children and AAA members. There are even theaters that have discount ticket days. Make sure that you check out all your options to find the deal best suited to you and the people you’re going with.
National chain movie theaters often offer online coupons that entitle you to free or discounted popcorn or soft drinks. The best way to find these types of savings is to go to couponing websites, coupon blogs or social networking pages dedicated to that particular movie theater, like the ones on Facebook. There may even be a package deal where you can get concession discounts with the purchase of your movie ticket. This may take a little effort and research, but the savings are worth it.
Sign Up for Movie Rewards
Many large theaters offer movie reward programs that allow patrons to save money on tickets or concessions or both. This requires you to sign up for the theater’s rewards card, which may be scanned or punched after each visit. The more times you frequent the theater, the more free or discounted rewards you can enjoy. The next time you are at a movie theater, make sure to inquire about a rewards card. It never hurts to ask.
Opt for a Matinee
Most moviegoers know that the matinee shows offer the best bang for your buck. This is because movies that are shown earlier in the day, during nonpeak hours, are priced much lower than evening or midnight showings. Typically this means any movie that begins playing before 5 p.m., although theater policies on what defines a matinee may vary. Again, don’t be afraid to ask questions of the theater staff. That is what they are there for, after all.
What’s more, many theaters offer an early bird special, which refers to the very first showing of the day for that particular movie. These tickets are often cheaper than even the regular matinee. However, be aware of holiday showings. Theaters may revert to regular rates for all showing times during peak vacation times.
Participate in Special Movie Programs
Local movie theaters, especially smaller ones or theaters that have been around for many years, tend to offer special movie programs. This may include a weekly horror flick or film club that allows you to come see a movie at a discounted price. Some theaters even offer family-friendly summer movies with free admission, so contact your local theater to learn about any special programs of which you may not even be aware.
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