The price of going to watch a movie at the
local theatre has increased of the last few years as a result of
the cost of making movies (specifically 3D movies) and
The cost for consumers to go see a movie in 3D on average is $3
or $4 more than a ticket for a regular screening. And consumers
are paying it! In fact, over half of moviegoers are choosing 3D
over regular screenings. In addition, IMAX has become a popular and is even more costly than 3D with pricing
at $5 above ticket prices of regular screenings.
These high-tech showing of movies is designed
to make the movie going experience more pleasurable with more
comfortable seating accompanied with a wider variety of gourmet snacks/food.
More people are going to movies with these improved amenities,
however at a less frequent rate and they are spending less on
food and drinks. Which is fine with the theatres because their
goal is to creating wider profit margins per consumer by
charging more money every way they can.
There are still ways consumers can save money
on the price of tickets when going to the movies.
Watch the Market
When a new movie is scheduled to come out, theatres will
typically begin selling tickets months in advance, sometimes at a
discounted rate. It has become popular for innovative moviegoers
to buy a bunch of tickets early and then sell them at a higher
rate on Ebay or Craiglist.
Utilize Sites Like Groupon
There are a wide variety of daily-deal sites that offer
half-priced movie tickets on a regular basis. Two of the more
popular include Living Social and
Groupon. It is important that
you read the terms associated with any half-priced movie ticket
deal prior to buying. There will likely be specific times you
can use the tickets (weeknights only) and/or they may expire
within a certain time. It is also probable that you will incur
additional charges if you use your tickets for an IMAX or 3D
Purchase Tickets In Bulk
It is common for warehouse clubs like Cosco and Sams as well as
theater chains to make multi-packs of tickets and vouchers for
concessions available for a discounted rate. For example, a
20-pack of AMC Gold Experience movie tickets costs $166 at Sams.
This is a discounted price of about 40% when compared to normal
box office pricing. Similar to when purchasing discounted
tickets from daily-deal sites, when you buy these packages, make
sure your are clear as to when you are going to be able to view
movies and when (that is 'if') your tickets are going to expire.
You may also be charged a surcharge when viewing 3D or IMAX
Take Advantage of Matinees and 'Discount
Most theatres offer savings when viewing the matinee showing
(first movie of the day). It has also become popular for movie
theatres to offer discounts for screenings on days that they
experience an overall lower volume of moviegoers. On the contrary,
movie theatres have also started charging more money on their
busy nights (Friday and Saturday nights).
Try and Locate Independent Theatres
Independent theatres may not have the latest amenities
or up-to-date furnishings. In addition, the movies that indie
theatres show are usually a few months old. BUT, the pricing is
significantly cheaper than the chain theatres at 50% or lower.
Independent theatres also will have $1 days!
Create a NetFlix Account
A NetFix account costs under $10/month. With a massive
library of movies and TV shows that will keep you entertained
forever! NetFlix does have new releases, just around the same
time that they are available on DVD. The beauty of NetFlix is
that you can watch as many movies as you want without ever
having to leave the comfort of your home. And a NetFlix account
can be used by multiple TVs, laptops, cell phones at the same