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Who doesn't love the movies? Everyone loves a good trip to the cinema. But for many, a night at the theater is getting harder and harder to afford.
The UK has some of the highest movie ticket pricing in the world. It doesn't matter if you're an Aquaman fan or a Barry Jenkins stan, going to any kind of movie in the upcoming holiday season can cost you and your family a pretty penny.
How can one work around this? The solution can't be to not go to the movies at all. That's a sacrifice that none among us should be willing to do. Lucky for all of us, cheap cinema tickets don't have to be hard to find. You just have to know where to look.
Read on, and we'll walk you through several methods that can get you to the cinema without breaking the bank.
Most movie theaters aren't a one size fits all affair. Tired ticket pricings reward those that venture to the screenings at less popular times, like mornings and weekdays.
While it may not serve your big night out, going to see a matinee can save you a hearty amount of cash if you go the right place. Some theaters even price their matinee screenings at half that of a normal screening. There's a number of places in London alone that you can catch a screening at for £6 or less.
Not everyone will be able to take off work and catch an early screening, of course. There are reasons, after all, that these screenings are less populated, to begin with. But there are still plenty of other methods that cinema-seekers can take.
If there's a Costco or other wholesale marketplace near you, swinging in can save you big bucks at the movie theater.
Most wholesale stores sell movie tickets and gift cards at a bargain price. Like anything else, they sell them in bulk. But if you're someone who knows they'll be heading to the theater a lot, it can be a good deal. You can get ten tickets for the price of only seven, or some sort of deal like that.
Best of all, you can loop in this movie ticket buying at the same time as the rest of your groceries. It's hard to get more convenient than that.
Many international theater chains have programs that reward repeat visitors. If you make the trip to your neighborhood theater often, it's worth asking to sign up for whatever program they have available.
AMC theaters have the AMC Stubs program that offers discount priced days and upgrades on concessions. They also now have the new AMC A-list program, which allows users to visit their theater on a subscription model price and see three 2D movies a week.
Most theater chains have some sort of similar program. Movie subscription services such as Cineworld and Sinemia offer similar programs as AMC at a wider range of theaters, with varying restrictions.
Odeon is one of the more popular subscription services in the UK, offering unlimited movies across England and Ireland for only £17.99 a month. That's a hard deal to beat if you're a frequent movie-goer and have an Odeon cinema near you. Some London theaters require an upcharge of £2.99, so make sure to look before you go.
Many theaters also provide ticket discounts to a number of different groups. If you're from the military or are a senior citizen, many theaters are willing to slightly discount the cost of your admission.
Though slightly less popular, many theaters also provide lower prices for students.
In either case, you'll need to have the appropriate ID available and on hand to show the ticket clerk in order to receive the appropriate discount. If you do fall into a discountable category, this can be a great way to save money at the movies.
Sometimes there are restrictions on when these discounts apply. Make sure to check with your local theater ahead of time.
You can redeem certain coupons at movie theaters just like you do when you buy groceries or clothing. Coupons for movie theaters can offer a variety of deals, from discounted admission or concessions to buy-one-get-one tickets.
Some establishments even partner with surrounding businesses. Check local businesses and eateries around the movie theater to see if eating there will get you a discounted price at the theater.
Often times in the lead up to a film release, preview screenings are hosted to drum up excitement and word of mouth for a movie. There's no hard and fast way to get invited to these screenings. Most are organized through various online portals that you can easily sign up on.
Online forums dedicated to the topic can point you in the right direction, or you can ask your local cinema who organizes their preview screenings. Most organizers will allow you to sign up for their mailing list for free, and offer tickets on a first come, first serve basis.
If you can get make a habit of attending preview screenings, not only can you save money going to the movies, but you can see films before they even officially come out!
Even though it's more expensive to go to the movies today then it was some years ago, cinema-going doesn't have to become a cost-prohibitive experience. The joy of the movies should be alive and accessible for all people.
A night out at the movies shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Using the above methods, you should be able to get cheap cinema tickets without too much hassle.
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