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 available at time of publishing.
Discount movie gift cards and tickets from warehouse clubs
Costco sells online (and possibly in-store call your local store to find out) four and ten packs of AMC, Cinemark and Regal tickets for $9 per ticket. They also sell $100 worth of 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 want to go to the movies. 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. They also sell discounted gift cards.
Sam’s Club sells AMC and Cinemark passes for $8.50 -$9 per pass. They also gift cards for a negligible discount.
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 movies 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.
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.
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MoviePass is a subscription service for $9.95 per month where you can see one movie per day. One of the publishers of another “on the cheap” website is/was a member and advised that they had a lot of problems with the app crashing and that they never reached anyone in customer service — “no response whatsoever”. In general I’m not a fan of most subscriptions/memberships. People sign up for magazines, gyms, food plans, movie passes etc. and never use them but continue paying for months or years. It’s better to just pay as you go with a discount pass. As of 1/26/18 MoviePass cannot be used at Rivereast 21 the biggest theater downtown.