How to Get Cheap or Free Movie Tickets

Cheap movie tickets are easier to come by than you may think. Here are 15 ways to save on movie tickets.

Watch for Free Movie Ticket Offers

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Free movie ticket promotions can be found all over the grocery store. Stay alert when you shop, and you'll soon spot a ticket deal to take advantage of.

Attend a Free Screening

Sometimes movie companies set up free screenings of movies before they're officially in theaters, as a way to build hype. (They're hoping you'll talk the movie up on Facebook and Twitter afterwards). Sign up with a couple free screening websites to receive alerts when free tickets are up for grabs. Try: Gofobo and SeeItFirst

Go to the Movies on a Weekday

Have a flexible schedule? Then, consider going to the movies during the week for an extra discount.

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Go to a Drive-In Theater

Did you know that you can often catch two new-release movies at a drive in for less than the cost of one ticket at a traditional theater? It's true. Locate a drive-in near you, and discover the savings for yourself.

Go Early for Cheaper Movie Tickets

Matinees are cheap, but pre-matinees are even cheaper. Just catch a movie before noon to snag the early bird special.

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  • Cinemark Early Bird

Work Your Memberships

Costco offers discount movie tickets to members. Lots of unions and trade organizations do, too. Revisit your benefits packages, and you may discover that cheap tickets are a part of your bennys.

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Buy Your Movie Tickets in Bulk

Purchase your tickets one or two at a time and you'll pay full price. Purchase them 25 or more at a time, and you'll pay a lot less. If you see lots of movies or you can split the purchase with friends, this is a good option.

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Enter Sweepstakes to Win Movie Tickets

Movie tickets are a popular prize in instant win games and sweepstakes. Test your luck, and you may just come out a winner:

Get a Movie Rewards Card

Lots of theaters have jumped on the rewards card bandwagon. Get a card for your favorite theater, and you can earn free concessions and tickets.

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Take Advantage of Student and Senior Discounts

In school, uniform, or you've reached honored citizen age? Flash your ID, and you'll score discounted seats:

Cash in Your Credit Card Rewards

Credit card rewards can be cashed in for all sorts of things. Happily movie theater gift cards happen to be one. Check your rewards catalog to see if they're an option for you.

Check All of Your Loyalty Rewards Programs

Disney Movie Rewards, Pampers Rewards, and MyCokeRewards are just a few of the programs that allow you to cash in your rewards points for free movie tickets. Check through the rewards catalog of every rewards program you belong to, and you should find multiple opportunities to earn free movie tickets.

Be Patient

Wait for a movie to move to the dollar theaters, and you'll pay a fraction of what you'd normally pay for the same big screen experience.

Catch a Free Flick

Most theaters run a free family movie series in the summer. These aren't first run movies, but hey, they're free!

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Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Gift Card Granny sells discounted gift cards to hundreds of businesses, including all of the major movie theaters. Check it out: