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Saving Money on Going to the Movies

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The cost of going to the movies seems to constantly rise. However, a night out at the movies is a lot of fun and something that most of us really enjoy. This is a guide about saving money on going to the movies.


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November 10, 2011

When seeing a movie at the theater, I usually end up buying a large popcorn for an additional 75 cents more to get a free refill, but I never really refill it. So, you not only paid big bucks for a movie, but you just lost an additional 75 cents. My solution, now right before leaving the theater, I get my free refill, take it home and keep it covered. Then I make snack bags for the kids to carry or I take one to work for snacking on.


By mcastel from Orange, CA

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October 18, 20120 found this helpful

I know we all want to save money, but taking popcorn home is close to pathetic. It's cold, it's no longer fresh, etc. You'd be better off taking your own popcorn, and you'd save more money.

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March 30, 20104 found this helpful

Due to a recent a raise in the price of 3D movies you now are paying nearly $15 to see a movie in 3D in most areas. That's $5 more than seeing the non-3D version of the same movies. A family of four can save $20 by opting for the non-3D alternative.

Lewis from Port Orchard, WA

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April 5, 20100 found this helpful

We also have a drive-in, and it's great. They ALWAYS have at least a double feature, and often a triple feature for one price. You can bring your own snacks (we pack a cooler w/ our drinks, pop, our own popcorn and bring other snacks from home), we spread a blanket for the kids to sit on. The sound quality is great, because they put it through your car's audio system.

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September 7, 2011

Call your theater or check online. There are two theaters in our town and one in a town about 40 miles away that all have a super deal on movies between 4:00 and 5:30. The tickets are only $5 for any movie playing during that time.

If you go on Tuesday, soda and popcorn are $1 each with free refills. This is much cheaper then a matinee. They even have the $5 movies on Saturday and Sundays. It pays to check into this.

By Mell from Traverse City, MI

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September 13, 20110 found this helpful

If your movie theater is a national chain, you can also find their website & sign up as a member. I'm registered with cinemark & we regularly get coupons for discounts on snacks such as 'get free small popcorn with purchase of a drink', which is the one out this month.

Used to belong to AMC, but they changed their membership & started charging for it!

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June 11, 2012

If your movie has a do-it-yourself butter dispenser, you probably hate all the butter soaking the top of the popcorn, while the rest remains dry. Poke one of the theater's straws into the bag, then hold it under the butter spigot.

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November 11, 2011

When I take my 3 grand babies to the movies, I line the cup holders with napkins and fill them with popcorn. They work like individual small bowls for the kids. We don't have to keep passing the bucket back and forth between us.

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May 4, 2011

Going to a movie can cost up to $20 for tickets for two and $15 to $25 for the popcorn and drinks. One good option is to buy the DVD for $15 or less and you can watch it over and over.

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September 8, 2011

Obviously, going to a matinee will save money, but those rarely work with our schedule. We happen to have an AAA membership. They sell discount movie tickets for nearly every theater in our area.

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May 15, 2009

You can save money on new(er) movies by seeing them on pay-per-view on your cable. I saw a new one on the IFC pay-for-view that I just saw reviewed in the paper, as you can get it on cable at the same time as its independent release.

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June 19, 2008

I bought this large purse at a garage sale that works perfect for storing your snacks and drinks in. We never go to the new release shows, because they soon will be out at Dollar Theaters. My kids and I go to the Dollar Tree and I let them pick out 1 snack.

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April 25, 20050 found this helpful

Being young and wanting to go out to the movies with your friends is really expensive. But one advantage that I have and a lot of other teens out there have, is that my dad is still active duty military.

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January 25, 20050 found this helpful

If you have a Costco membership, use it to buy discounted movie tickets. They are a great deal if you are planning to see a full priced movie.

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January 25, 2005

Research the movie you want to see first. Asked other people who have seen it . Don't depend on the gotcha film clips on TV. That may be the only part worth seeing.

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May 12, 20050 found this helpful

Money saving tips for going to the movies. Post your ideas.

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May 11, 20050 found this helpful

2 movies companies in our area have a special summer movie camp with movies as cheap as $1.00

Also, a great cheap movie theatre in Kansas City

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May 12, 20050 found this helpful

Check out local radio, tv and newspaper websites for sneak previews of new movies. Win tickets and save money and see movies before everyone else.

By Richard cup Gardner

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July 18, 20080 found this helpful

Good morning!

It is so annoying when you pay to sit in a theater to watch a show and someone is behind you kicking or hitting your chair! I feel that when you pay to watch a show. you are renting the chair you are in and people should keep their big feet off of it. Really, how rude are some people anyway? I have actually turned around and quietly told them to not kick my chair and they still do!

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to handle this situation? I would appreciate it very much!

Thank you

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