Watch the Matinee Shows
Go to the movies early in the day and save. I recently went to the movies to watch an 11:15AM showing and paid $7 compared to $12.50. Theater matinee times vary so check online.
Skip IMAX and 3D
Many movies offer 3D or IMAX versions that can add to the price of the movie ticket anywhere from $2-4 more. Some movies are definitely worth watching in 3D or IMAX but if given the choice I prefer not to wear glasses. I actually can’t recall the last movie I watched in 3D or IMAX. I enjoy special effects but I really don’t need objects that look like they are flying towards me.
Many theaters offer discounts for students, the military and seniors. Many of these discounts aren’t available online. You’ll need to purchase tickets at the box office and show proof, such as a military or school ID, to save.
Buy Tickets at Costco or Sam’s Club
These bulk discount retailers offer savings when purchasing a set of tickets. For example, purchasing 4 Gold Experience tickets for an AMC theater will cost $33.99 or $8.50 per ticket.
Buy Tickets in Bulk
You can purchase movie tickets in packages of 50. Bulk ticket rates reduce the cost per ticket to $8.00 however you must pay the larger expense upfront. You can purchase tickets in bulk with AMC, Regal andCinemark. . Additionally, many larger companies and corporations offer employees discount shopping programs that include the ability to buy movie tickets in bulk. Reach out to your human resource department for more details.
Up to 15% off Regal Cinemas gift cards
Buy at the Box Office or Theater Kiosk
Buying tickets online through a 3rd party provider may be convenient but the convenience can cost you an additional $1 to $2 per transaction.
Check on Groupon or Living Social
These deal sites offer specials or reduced movie ticket rates. You might find a deal with a major national theater chain however access is limited to a specific theater. A slightly longer drive might be worth the tickets savings.
Buy Gift Cards
Purchase gift cards online through gift card exchanges like Raise and score a discount. For instance, $100 AMC gift card will cost you $82.90. Now you have $100 to spend at the movie theater. You’ll still pay full price for the movie ticket but the savings essentially gives you one or two free movies. Use the gift cards in addition to any student, military or senior discounts that are available.