Savings at the Movies

Going to the movies anymore isn’t cheap, especially if you are taking your family. Not only are the tickets expensive, but the refreshments can set you back several dollars more. Many people have opted to join Netflix, or get dvds from Redbox, but if you want to see the latest film, that doesn’t help much. There are a few other ways to pay less for the cinema experience.

AARP – If you’re an AARP member, you can show your card and get a discount. You only have to be 50 to join so it might be worth your while to take advantage of the many savings they offer.

AAA – If you’re a member, check your benefits to see if you are eligible for discount movie passes.

Matinees – Afternoon shows are almost always less expensive than the evening ones. The cutoff time is usually 6 o’clock, although this may vary depending on your area.

Credit Union – Many of these also sell specially priced tickets to movies as well as amusement parks.

Groupon often offers specials for movies. They do have expiration dates though, so be sure to use them in time.

Drive-Ins – Yes, there are still a few of these around, and they’re a bargain for a family. Besides that, you can bring your own food. The drawback, of course, is that they don’t start until it gets dark. specializes in movie tickets in multiples of 4. They are available for most movie theaters. Snack bundles can also be purchased.

Gift Cards – Web sites such as and sell discount gift cards for a number of places, including movie theaters.

Community – Many towns have entertainment options for families and children, particularly during summer vacations and school holidays. The movies are usually very reasonably priced. Check with your local city office or newspaper.

Refreshments – Avoid the refreshment stand if at all possible. Unfortunately, you are normally not allowed to bring your own snacks. Eat before going to the movies, or promise your kids a snack when they get home.