Going to the Movies on the Cheap

As if it wasn’t obvious I LOVE LOVE LOVE going to the movies. I mostly gave that up while my kids were growing up as we were quite poor and the movies are certainly an extravagance. Now the kids have moved away and we are doing better financially so I can go to the movies whenever I wish/have time.

I still can’t get over when we were poor so I am always looking for ways to make the movies cheaper. Many areas offer FREE showings pretty consistently. A good place to look is often local libraries, independent theaters, and hipper bars/breweries. The Hendersonville Film Society shows theirs at a local retirement community.

Carolina Cinemas

I know some people sneak food into the movies but I believe there’s a sort of social contract entered into when going to the movies. Yes, they charge an outrageous price for concessions but theaters make essentially no money on tickets. My beloved Carolina Cinemas puts on FREE movies every Tuesday (Film Society) and Thursday (horror) and some people still sneak in their own food and drink. This does not encourage the theater to continue to offer this and, quite frankly, is rather ungrateful of the patrons but enough of my soapbox.

FREE movie ticket offers abound. Currently, Wal-Mart has movies that have FREE tickets on them for Insurgent, Fifty Shades of Gray, and Spongebob Squarepants. Target has ones for Fifty Shades of Gray, Spongebob, Taken 3, and The Longest Ride. Vudu has an offer where you buy one of a particular set of movies from them in order to get a ticket to Insurgent. Upcoming offers include Jurassic World, Furious 7, Home, and Pitch Perfect 2.

Dealflicks

Dealflicks continues to add new theaters and offers a decent discount price, though not usually close to the percentages they advertise. Strangely my aforementioned Carolina Cinemas has stopped accepting Dealflicks and the other various movie money promotions.

Moviepass

Moviepass is for those hardcore moviegoers. They charge a monthly fee ($30-35) and you can go see a movie every day for FREE but only one you have not already seen. They currently have over 3,700 theaters signed up.

Moviepass is the opposite of how I usually go to the movies. While they allow you to go to a single movie daily, I like to group all the movies into one marathon showing and go all day. This allows me to buy just one drink for several movies. I always get the refillable large. I am not much of a popcorn eater though I always get it for my wife and daughter as they are saltaholics (I am more of a diabeetus consumer).

The Resurgence of the Divergent Insurgent

Insurgent starts in theaters on March 19th.

Insurgent

 

Insurgent (2015) – Rated PG-13

Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.

Divergent Double Feature

Insurgent is obviously the sequel to last year’s Divergent. I had meant to catch that last year but somehow missed it. Lucky for me, Divergent and Insurgent are the first double feature of what I hope will be many this year (Jurassic Park, Avengers, Mad Max, Terminator, etc.). Dare I hope for a return of the original Star Wars trilogy to theaters?

Locally, Regal Biltmore Grande is offering the double feature. The double feature is Thursday, March 19th starting at 5:30 for us (your time may be slightly different). Regal Crown Club members also get a $5 medium popcorn and soda combo with ticket purchase.

Many other chains are also offering this double feature. AMC, Arclight, Drafthouse, Celebration, and Cinemark are among those featuring Divergent and Insurgent. Check your local theater for special offers.

Speaking of special offers, Vudu has a FREE ticket offer for Insurgent through 3/16. You have to purchase Step Up All In, Step Up Revolution, Now You See Me, Warm Bodies, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Impossible, Abduction, What to Expect, or The Hunger Games bundle. Prices start at $7.99.

Wal-Mart has a bunch of DVDs with FREE movie tickets to Insurgent as well. Finally, Target has tickets on some of their book copies of Insurgent but word is that those stickers are difficult to get off the books legibly.