Save Money on Movie Tickets. If you love going to the movies then you know that tickets have never been more expensive. For those of us who don’t always want to go to the matinee here are the best ways to save on tickets at all the major movie theater chains. All prices and deals were accurate at time of publishing.
Discount movie gift cards and tickets from warehouse clubs
Costco sells online (and possibly in-store call your local store) four and ten packs of AMC, Cinemark and Regal tickets for $9 per ticket. They also sell $100 gift cards for $75 for Movietickets.com. MovieTickets.com gift cards are redeemable at AMC, Regal Cinemas, Carmike Cinemas,Harkins Theatres and more. These gift cards can only be used online so you’re forced to pay the fee every time you buy tickets. The ticketing fees are waived for all AMC Stubs Premiere members ($15 per year for membership). AMC Stubs Insider members (membership free) can get the fees waived for purchases of 4 or more tickets only. Costco also sells $100 Atom Tickets gift cards for $75. These gift cards can only be used online so you’re forced to pay the fee every time you buy tickets.
Bulk ticket purchases AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Landmark
If you aren’t a member of a warehouse club or you and a group of friends go to a lot of movies you can buy passes directly from all the major movie theater chains online.
If you have a business or a friend who does you can buy in bulk directly from AMC National Sales. AMC allows business-to-business sales for AMC Black Tickets sold in multiples of 50 for $10.25 each. Valid nationwide. No expiration no restrictions. AMC Yellow Tickets sold in multiples of 50 for $8.50 each. (not valid, not for purchase in CA/NY/NJ) No expiration no restrictions. Ground shipping is $9.95. If 50 passes exceeds your requirements try to get some friends to go in with you. Restrictions apply. Review the AMC website thoroughly before purchasing.
Landmark Theatres sells tickets directly to consumers or businesses in multiples of 25 for $9.00 each plus $5 shipping.
Check with your employer or have your friends check with theirs. Some large companies offer discount movie passes as an employee benefit through the human resources department.
Credit card discounts
Some credit cards will periodically offer additional points or cash back when making purchases directly from movie theaters. You can time your bulk purchases with those discounts for additional savings. If you have a credit card that offers cash back at grocery stores or drugstores I’ve seen AMC gift cards at Mariano’s, CVS and Walgreens. I use my AMC gift card on $5 AMC Tuesdays.
Go to the movies on $5 (plus tax) Tuesday
Both AMC and Showplace Icon offer $5 (plus tax) tickets on Tuesday all day. Regal Cinema’s offers $6.99 tickets (plus tax) on Tuesdays. You have to join their Loyalty programs to get the $5 tickets. You can join at the free level. I also use a discounted AMC gift card from Sam’s Club to pay on Tuesdays. ($42.98 for a $45 gift card for 4% savings). Get $20 off Sam’s Club membership here
Theater Loyalty Programs
Each theater group has a loyalty club that offer various benefits based on your spending level. Here are the big four:
Senior, Military and Student discounts
AARP members pay $8 for Regal tickets purchased online (conditions apply). Ask about military, student and senior discounts,
Discounted gift cards from resellers
In the past I would have suggested that you buy discounted gift cards from resellers. Given the amount of gift card fraud publicized in the media I no longer do this.
ArcLight and Showplace Icon
MoviePass and AMC Stubs A-list
MoviePass is a subscription service where you can see a certain number of movies per day, week, month etc for a flat monthly fee. The deal seems to change every week. I’ve heard there are problems with the app and no customer service. In general I’m not a fan of subscriptions or memberships. People sign up for magazines, gyms, food plans, beauty boxes, movie passes etc. and never use them but continue paying for months or years. It’s better to just pay as you go with one of the discounts listed above. AMC Stubs A-list is a monthly subscription service which will probably only be in existence until MoviePass goes under.