How to Get Free Tickets to Movie Screenings

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Did you know that you can get free movie tickets for brand new movies before they actually hit theaters?

Movie studios will set up movie screenings in major cities around the country to build up excitement over the movie and give the local press the opportunity to see and review the new movies.

You don't need to be important to go to one of these free movie screenings either - you just need to know where to look for passes.

Finding Free Movie Tickets for Screenings

A couple things to keep in mind before you go looking for free movie tickets for these screenings - they aren't available for every movie that's released and they are usually only available in major cities.

Here are a few websites that specialize in giving out free movie tickets for screenings.

  • Gofobo - Enter your postal code and select a movie to see if there are free movie tickets available near you. Be sure to register so they can contact you if a new screening becomes available in your area.
  • Lionsgate - Enter your zip code to see if there are any free movie screenings of Lionsgate films in your area.
  • SeeItFirst - This is where you can find free movie tickets for Disney movie screenings.
  • FatWallet- This is a forum thread on movie screenings that are available around the country and how to get them. Go to the last page of the thread to find the latest movie screenings.
  • AdvanceScreenings - Select a movie and see if any free movie tickets are available for the screening in your area.

You'll also want to closely watch and listen to these sources of free movie screening tickets.I've gotten quite a few free movie screening passes from these sources.

  • Local Radio Stations
  • Local TV Stations

Tip: It's important to sign up for everyone's mailing lists, follow them through social media, and check all websites regularly to make sure if there are free movie tickets available for a screening that you get them before they are all given out. 

Winning Free Advanced Screening Tickets

Another option for getting free movie screening tickets is by winning them. Here are some places that regularly gives them away as prizes.

  • ZayZay - Gives away advanced screening tickets as well as swag packs and other movie-related prizes.
  • The Nerds Templar - Win advanced screening passes to new movies as well as DVDs.

Getting Your Free Movie Tickets

If you signed up through one of the movie screening websites then you'll probably get your ticket in your email inbox or be able to print it right from your browser. You'll be able to bring this ticket with you to get into the movie. The same goes for local media, they'll either give you directions on how to print your ticket or give you a hard copy.

Using Your Free Movie Ticket

It's important to arrive early to the movie screening. Just because you got a free movie ticket doesn't necessarily get you a seat. These movie screening are often overbooked so I recommend showing up 30-60 minutes before the movie starts.

Be sure to bring any ticket or documentation with you when you attend the movie screening along with an ID.

More Ways to Get Free Movies

If you have kids and it's summer, you can also get free movie tickets through free summer movie programs.

Tip: Can't find a free movie screening near you? You can also see movies for free by watching them onlinedownloading them, or using a free Redbox code to rent one.