Great Ways to Save Money at the Movies


It’s the weekend and it’s time to hit the town. But what to do? Well if you are like a lot of people, you may decide to head to the movies to catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster. The average price of a movie ticket in 2013 was $8.13. Often, tickets cost much more. So,Two tickets, popcorn, two sodas, candy, and parking can end up turning into a pretty hefty bill for a date night. Here are a few ways you can save money on a night at the movies.

Skip IMAX and 3D. In recent years, cinemas have tried to make more money by showing more films on IMAX screens or in 3D. They charge top dollar for these enhanced experiences. Fortunately, films are usually released in both IMAX/3D AND regular formats. The regular tickets tend to be much cheaper. For the exact same movie, you can get cheaper tickets by skipping IMAX or 3D.

Get a small popcorn. Popcorn is supposed to be a snack, not a meal. A large popcorn is more expensive, and also far less healthy for you. Plus- how often have you actually FINISHED a large popcorn? Save some money, and a few calories and get a small drink instead.

Try to find a smaller theater with late releases. While multiplexes with cushy seats rule the movie world, there are still smaller theaters that show films that were released a few weeks prior at the multiplexes that tend to have much cheaper tickets. Save money, and also experience a more intimate setting by forgoing the big theaters and going somewhere small.

The movies are a lot of fun and they’re a great way to spend a date night. Now you know that you can head to the cinema without going into debt.


Briana Fabbri is head of marketing for NetCredit.