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7 ways to Save Money at the Cinemas!

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

Watching Movies is enjoyed by everyone and this could be emptying out your pockets faster than you think.

An empty cinema theatre with dimmed lights in the UAE.

We all love heading out to the cinemas to watch our favorite stars or genre, while some of us love the snacks at the theatres more than the movies. Frequenting to the movies more often along with a few tubs of popcorn or nachos and you may find yourself running out of cash! However, it does not have to be that way and heading out to the movies can be a total guilt-free activity that you can enjoy with your family, friends or your date. Here are 7 ways that you can implement to save money and get more value - 1. Movie premieres and advance screenings. Almost every movie that is released in the theatres has premieres and advance screenings for which the tickets are usually given away and cannot be bought. Those working for sponsors often get their hands on some of these tickets while radio shows, Facebook pages and influencers giveaway some of these tickets as part of the promotions. Participate in these competitions, win movie tickets and save your money from purchasing these tickets. You can find lots of these competitions in the Facebook Group, Contests and Giveaways UAE. 2. Get two tickets for the price of one. You can use your credit or debit card to purchase movie tickets and get exclusive 2 for 1 offers that could be valid on all days of the week or on certain days. (Depending on the card and the terms and conditions) Apart from that, VOX Cinemas run Du Tuesdays where all you need is a mobile number registered with Du to get a 2 for 1 deal. Similarly, Novo cinemas run Etisalat Wednesdays. 3. Avoid seat upgrades. These seat upgrades are offered with a lure of the best possible view and extra comfortable seats. However, the standard seats directly in front of the expensive ones offer the same view and the seats are comfortable enough to enjoy your movie. Make sure to book your tickets early though. 4. Avoid 3D screenings. 3D screenings are slowly declining in popularity and now with 3D glasses being charged as well, it makes no point in spending that extra cash for a 3D movie. 3D movies cost much more than the standard 2D ones and there are only a few movies far and in between that you could say are worth a 3D experience. At a lower price, you would definitely get more value for your money for a standard 2D movie. And to add to 3D, cinemas are also providing a 4DX experience. It includes high-tech motion seats and special effects including wind, fog, lightning, bubbles, water, rain and scents. Priced a lot higher, you can add this to your list of things to avoid and save your money.

A woman lying down and watching her favorite movie with a tub of popcorn and a remote in her hand.

5. Sign-Up to a cinema membership card. Cinemas are offering membership cards where you can collect points for your ticket purchases and then earn rewards like free movie snacks, free movie tickets and invites to advanced screenings etc. This is a great option to those who frequent the cinema quite often as over a period of time you save money. VOX cinemas has a rewards program, find out more info here. 6. Receive Discounts. As a student, you can avail discounts on movie tickets across different cinemas. Be sure to carry your student ID. Check out VOX cinemas Student Mondays promo here. If you're not a student you don't have to fret as there are lots of deals and offers that you can redeem using your credit card. For instance, with your NBAD Gems Credit Card, you can get tickets for AED 10 on weekdays and AED 20 on weekends at Reel Cinemas. 7. Bring your own snacks. We all know how majorly overpriced the snacks are at the theatres, well that is how they make their money. Cinemas may not really allow snacks from outside although you are free to carry snacks in your bags or backpacks as not everyone would fancy eating calorie loaded popcorn, nachos and hot dogs. Or you just avoid snacks and have something to eat before or after a movie. You would be surprised at the amount of money you would end up saving. These are some of the hacks to save money when at the cinemas. You can, however, completely avoid the cinemas and watch the movies at home and create a cinema feel. It would cost you way lesser and would be a fun experience with your friends or loved ones. Besides, you can watch as many movies as you want and have a marathon! Related - Top 6 Ways to Save Money on your Gym Memberships! 10 ways to Save Money on your Food & Household Expenses! 10 ways to Save Money on your Transportation Expenses! 7 ways to Save Money by reducing your Plastic usage!

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Beth Elkassih
Beth Elkassih
Feb 11, 2019

Don't forget Senior discounts for us Baby Boomers! Love this!

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