Most people enjoy going to the movies, but if you’re a fan of the big screen and go often, you find that the cost of seeing your favorite films can quickly add up. However, just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to skip out on your movie nights—there are a number of tips and tricks that can help you save money when going to the movie theater.
Here are six useful ways to save money on movie tickets.
1. Use A Price Club
Places like Costco and Sam’s Club offer movie tickets at discounted prices usually in the form of gift cards. For instance, Sam’s Club offers a $45 AMC Gift Card for $42.98.
2. Get An Unlimited Movie Pass
If you see movies frequently, you might want to consider getting a MoviePass, which let’s you see unlimited movies in theaters nationwide. Prices start at $14.99/month, but vary per city.
3. Go To A Free Screening
Before movies come out in theaters, they are screened ahead of time to get audience feedback—and they’re free to attend. Look out for movies being screened in your location, and enjoy a film before others even have a chance to see it.
4. See A Matinee
Catching a film at night is fun, but if you really want to cut down on cost, go in the afternoon. Going to a matinee can knock up to 30 percent off the ticket price.
5. Buy In Person
Getting a movie ticket online can seem convenient, but you’ll end up paying for it: Many theaters charge a convenience fee for booking online.
6. Go To A Late-Run Theater
If you’re not in a rush to see the latest hit, wait and see the movie in a late-run theater. These theaters show motion pictures for reduced prices after the films leave first-run theaters.