Between tickets, drinks and snacks, a night at the movies can really add up!
In some locations, tickets to first-run or special movies, like 3D or IMAX, can be upwards of $15 per person. A small popcorn is usually closer to $10 than to $5 and drinks are both giant in size and cost.
Luckily there are military savings to help you cut costs and still enjoy a fun day at the movie theater with your family.
Military Savings on Movie Tickets
The 4 major cinemas all offer military discounts. Don’t forget to show your military ID card when asking for a military discount.
- Cinemark offers military discounts at several theaters. For specifics on discount times and amounts, contact the cinema closest to you.
- Regal also offers a military discount. The discount amount and times that the discount is offered vary by location. It is recommended that you contact your local theater.
- There is also a military discount at AMC theaters. The discount varies based on location and is only available after 4 p.m.
- Showcase Cinemas has military tickets available at many locations starting at $7.50 for general admission and $5.50 for matinee and children’s tickets.
Military Savings on Movie Tickets Purchased at ITT
Beyond amazing trip packages and tickets to the big game, your on-base ITT (Information, Tickets and Travel) office also stocks discounted movie tickets. Like the cinema-run discounts, these military savings will vary by location.
Most bases offer passes that can be exchanged at the theater for tickets. There may be a few deal breakers, though. These passes might only be valid during certain times, for certain types of movies (regular vs 3D) and you might not be able to be used these discounted tickets on opening night or weekend.
So before you set your plans in stone, check the fine print!
Watch Movies at Your On-Post Theater
Watch a movie on base and save beaucoup bucks. Military theaters are located on most major installations.
Some locations have special screenings of popular films that have been previously released. Often these showings are free or very, very cheap.
Other locations show first-run movies around the same time they are released nationally. Tickets are heavily discounted (compared with a civilian movie theater) and so are the snacks.
When you see a movie on base, be prepared for things to be a little bit, shall we say, different. Before the movie starts, get ready to stand while the National Anthem is played. You might also want to bring a cushion. The seating tends to be on the uncomfortable side.
Showings and runs of films are very limited. If you find a time for a movie you want to see, you should go. It might not be playing next week or even tomorrow!
Check your local base theater’s schedule for show times and special events.
Sign Up for a Theater Loyalty Program
Another great option is to sign up for theater loyalty programs. These work like other retail shopping cards: the more you go, the more points you earn and the more freebies you get. Different theater chains offer different perks, but items can include free snacks or drinks and even cheaper movie tickets.
While some theater chains only offer discounts for evening shows, other theaters might be willing to combine discounts. By going to a matinee showing in the late morning or afternoon, you might be able to save even more. For theaters that don’t double dip the discount, these early showings are usually several dollars cheaper. That makes it a smart budget choice.
No matter where you live or what movie you want to see tonight, there is probably a military discount available to you! Be sure to check around before you head out the door so that you get the best deal.