Save on cinema costs with membership schemes
A classic leisure activity which has endured for decades and has even thrived in the face of home cinema systems, on demand and TV and film subscription sites. Save on cinema costs but still have a fantastic experience whether you are in a group of friends, going as a couple, taking the whole family or popping in on your own to watch the latest must see, it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Look at these handy tips for keeping the costs of tickets down and bring your own drinks and popcorn, if the kids like the experience of dipping into the popcorn, why not get a big bag of cinema style popcorn from the supermarket or discount store and plastic popcorn containers which are in the shape of the classic holder and can be taken home and reused. If you do buy a drink, go large and ask for a spare cup.
Cineworld – if you go to the cinema more than a couple of times a month it is worth signing up for an Unlimited Card so you can see £16.40 a month.
The Odeon has a loyalty scheme where you can collect points for every £1 you spend in the cinema or online whether its film tickets, snacks or drinks. Look out for points promotions throughout the year. Membership requires a one off payment from £1.99
Picturehouse cinemas will give you four free tickets, up to £2 off tickets for a year, 10% off food and drink at the cinema, priority booking and a host of other discounts at restaurants and cafes such as Strada and GBK. A single membership costs between £15 and £55. Joint membership (two people at one address) costs between £90 and £95. What’s more, you’ll get three months free if you renew by direct debit.
Showcase has a loyalty club which offers £6.25 tickets on Sundays after 7pm, and all day Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets can only be purchased at the cinema Box Office. You’ll also get money off food and drink and the chance to win tickets to free preview screenings.
Vue has regular offers in addition to Super Tuesday where you can get 1/3 off normal cinema tickets and can only be purchased from the Box Office.
Compare the Market customers can get two-for-one on cinema tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday. If you take out a financial product using the website you will be given the option to join Meerkat movies.
Supermarket loyalty schemes
Redeem nectar points at Vue cinemas. 500 points will give you £2.50 off your ticket. Exchange Tesco Clubcard vouchers at Cineworld, Odeon and Movie House.
Free tickets are often given away to promote new films. However only selected titles are previewed so you’ll need to sign up to specific sites to get hold of screening codes as they are released.
Students can get hold of tickets to free screenings at Picturehouse cinemas by joining the E4 Slackers Club via Facebook