As many of us have surely noticed, the cost of a trip to the cinema has soared in recent years! Research from YouGov revealed that the majority of film fans are put off taking a trip to the cinema because of the cost.

Almost 70% believe the ticket price is now too expensive, having risen by 26% in the past five years, according to figures from the British Film Institute.

Most children love to experience the magic of the big screen and it’s a great way to keep them entertained at the weekend or during the school holidays – but at what cost?

Read our guide on how to get the best deals on tickets and added extras. 

Cinema ticket prices – what to watch out for:

  • Expect to pay a premium for 3D, 4D and IMAX films – and you’ll have to pay for the glasses separately in some screenings.
  • If you visit at peak times, it’s unlikely you’ll get a discount, but visit before 17:00 on weekdays and you could take advantage of off-peak prices.
  • If you’re a student or a senior, you’ll get a discount at most cinemas, but proof of ID will be required.
  • Watch out for added costs such as VIP seating – you’ll pay a price for sitting more comfortably.
  • If you’re visiting as a group, don’t buy your tickets separately. Take advantage of family offers – usually available for four people or more.
  • The cost of food and drink at the cinema can often be more than your film ticket. Look out for ‘combo deals’ which can reduce your spend if you’re ordering food and drinks, or ‘family deals’ if you’re ordering for multiple people.


How to get the best deals

Go unlimited:

  • For the regular cinema goer, Cineworld offers an unlimited card membership for £16.90 per month. The fee entitles members to watch any film, at any time, while taking advantage of 10% off snacks and drinks plus discounts at local shops and restaurants.
  • Curzon cinemas membership deals offer free films, discounted food, drinks and extras from £55–£950 per year.


Sign up for Super Tuesday:

  • Get up to 1/3 off cinema tickets with Super Tuesdays at Vue. Simply sign up online to receive a unique membership number.


Get 2 for 1 with Meerkat Movies:

-        People who buy through can take advantage of Meerkat Movies – two cinema tickets for the price of one on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in selected cinemas for a full year.


Watch movies in the mornings:

-        Every weekend morning and during school holidays, adults and children can watch their film of choice from only £1.99 at Vue Mini Mornings.

-        Cineworld also offers Movies for Juniors from just £1.75 per person.


Convert Nectar points to cinema tickets:

-        If you collect Nectar points, convert them to free cinema tickets! Every 500 points equates to £2.50 at Vue Cinemas. You have to redeem in multiples of 500 points, though.


Follow our tips to get the best deals and discounts and don’t let a trip to the cinema put a dent in your finances.