8 Low-Price Movie Options to Help You Save on Entertainment
Movie lovers know that there's nothing quite like being seated in a movie theater engrossed in a great story and watching your favorite stars on screen. But with the average price of a movie ticket at an all-time high of $8.84, plus the added costs of 3-D movies, concessions and premiere seating, you may find yourself thinking twice before lining up for the next blockbuster.
Still, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the movies that won't cost you an arm and a leg. Here are eight low-price movie options to get your cinema fix.
Why pay full price if you don't have to? Going to a matinee could bring down the cost of a ticket by several dollars. If you're heading to the movies with family, don't forget to check on discounts for seniors, students and children.
Movie Nights in the Park
Want to go beyond discounts? You might be surprised at your options for seeing movies at no cost. Check your local arts and entertainment section listings to see if there are free movie nights in public spaces. For instance, during the summer cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York offer free outdoor screenings.
From time to time, smaller theaters may offer double features or classic movie nights for less than a regularly priced ticket. To stay in the know about these special screenings, sign up for these theaters' newsletters or follow them on social media. (If you don't want to flood your inbox, use a "junk" email account.)
Older Theaters With Fewer Amenities
Skip the assigned seating and artisanal food options. You can save by going to the movies at an older theater with bare-bones amenities. Don't forget to check the theater's policy to see if outside food and drink are permitted.
Tickets in Bulk
If you have a membership to a warehouse club such as Costco, you can purchase several gift cards to national movie chains at a discount. While you'll want to double-check, there are usually no expiration dates or dormancy fees on movie gift cards. If you go to the movies frequently, this could help you save throughout the year.
Monthly Movie Pass
If you're a hardcore movie lover, you could save dough in the long-run by throwing down for a monthly pass like MoviePass, which allows you to go to unlimited screenings across the country. Independent and revival theaters may also offer their own membership cards with perks like unlimited attendance, members-only screenings and free popcorn.
Movies at the Library
Checking out movies at your local library is absolutely free. Plus, your public library may team up with an on-demand video streaming service to let you watch movies on your computer. Often all you need to do is punch in your library card number and PIN.
If you can spare a buck or two, consider checking out films at Redbox kiosks, which carry recent DVD releases. If you want to score free movies, you can sign up for Play Pass, Redbox's rewards program. You'll net 10 points every time you rent and receive a free movie or video game rental for every 100 points you rack up. Plus, you get a free rental on your birthday and Play Pass anniversary. And don't forget the extensive selection of movies that come with Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.
Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't enjoy the cinema. These low-price movie options help you get your movie fix without busting the bank.