Theater Therapy – Movie deals

For some reason this week, movies seem to be on my mind.  I read my Kung Fu Panda 2 post again and thought “Hey maybe someone else wants in on the money saving movie deals I came across!”  If you’ve read some of my older posts then you know I recently moved to a new area. With moving to a new area comes learning all the good restaurants, hang out spots and deals of that area.  I started with the local newspaper online. It was there that I discovered some of the movie deals I mentioned in my previous post.  I have listed a few of them below.

AMC Theaters  (, the 2nd largest movie theater chain in North America, ended their MovieWatcher program but has implemented a new one that offers rewards purchased at the ticket counter and concessions. The new program, AMC Stubs (, is offered at $12 a year. If you are a frequent movie goer it may be worth the bucks. If the sound of forking over $12 for another card on your key ring doesn’t sound appealing, don’t worry. You can catch a movie in one of their state of the art theaters for only $5 before 6 pm, Monday – Thursday.  Movie prices go up to $6 for the first showing of the day, $7.50 for matinees and $10.50 after 6 pm. Check your local AMC for info on children, senior and student discounts too!

Another thing I like about AMC is that many of their markets also feature indie films, you know those films that most of us don’t hear about until they are nominated for an Oscar. Check out AMC and you might just be in the know with the rest of Hollywood next Oscar season.

Cinemark ( stacks up as the third largest movie theater chain in the U.S. while offering a number of  discounts such as a 7-day Early Bird special for the first matinee showing as well as discounts for active military, families ($ .75 tickets?!?!), seniors and students at participating locations. Sign up via email for weekly concession discounts. Cinemark’s first daily showing of a movie is only $4, $4.50 for matinee and $6.75 for adults after 6 pm. Check out their deals at

Regal Theaters ( is the largest theater circuit in the U.S. It offers a special Regal Crown Club card that allows you to accrue points for ticket and concession purchases. I have been the happy recipient of free movie tickets, sodas and popcorn as a result of consistent usage over the last few years. Some locations offer family friendly films for $1 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Check your local Regal Theater for info on Regal Value Days when you can catch new movies for $5! Oh and there are always free refills on large size popcorn and soda. 🙂

Cinema Cafe in Hampton Roads
Cinema Cafe in Hampton Roads

One of the best places for movie deals in Hampton Roads is Cinema Cafe. With four locations in the area, two of which are considered 2nd run theaters, this is one of the best places for anyone looking to save a bit of cash during a night out. Cinema Cafe offers food and beverages with stadium or table seating. Sign up for their weekly email to receive discounts on admission and concessions. Their Greenbrier and Pembroke locations feature older movies for $1.50 on Tuesdays while their Hampton and Kemps River locations feature newer movies at $3.50 on Wednesdays. Not a bad deal!

Those fabulous coupon sites like Groupon and LivingSocial often have movie ticket deals for Fandango as well as rental deals for Redbox. You may not be one of those extreme couponing chicks on TLC, but it may be worth the five minutes it takes to register for a future deal.

Even the ultra chic Cinébistro ( which combines dinner and a movie with a touch of class offers deals through their  Club Ciné Rewards Program. More info can be found at the following link:

What I’ve shared is just a few deals that may help you get that much needed Theater Therapy.  Whether you are trying to spend time with your kids, catching a movie alone or lol with some friends with a little research there are some deals out there that can make your Theater Therapy a little bit sweeter.

Sound off: Know of a movie deal in your city? Share the deets and list your city in the comments below. Don’t forget to tell us about those local $1 movie theaters that most cities have. We’re all in this together.

Disclaimer: Prices listed above may change. 3D and IMAX fees may apply. Please visit merchant sites for details. Updated 11/30/2013

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