8 Ways to Never Pay Full Price at the Atlanta Movie Theater Again

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Going to the movies is a splurge for a date or family night out, but you just don’t need to pay full price.

Here are 8 ways to save money at Atlanta movie theaters:

$7 on Mondays downtown

Downtown Art Cinemahas some of the best standard movie ticket prices, including $7 tickets on Mondays and Tuesdays and $12 for adults on weekdays. On weekends, adults pay $13. And you can deduct typical downtown parking fees from your entertainment budget. There are plenty of free parking spaces near the theater as the theater is in a shopping mall.

Location: Downtown – 931 Monroe Drive; Website: landmarktheatres.com; Contact: 404-879-0160

Drive your seats to the theater

One of the best family movie deals going is the drive-in. The first run Starlight Cine-Parkon the Atlanta perimeter charges $10 for adults and $1 for children. If you’re short on time, keep in mind that you should arrive early for the best seats and avoid the long lines for tickets closer to show time. And you’ll need a working FM radio in the vehicle to listen to the movies.

For an easy, reward-free off-the-card discount at the Starlight Snack Bar, print coupons for a free medium drink when buying a large popcorn and a free small drink with nachoshere.

Location: East of Atlanta – 2000 Moreland Avenue SE; Website: starlightdrivein.com

Come closer and ask for a senior discount

Almost all local movie theaters offer some sort of senior citizen discount. Most theater managers discourage the box office from guessing your age, so if you or a grandparent in your party qualifies, ask for the discount! Note that senior pricing is usually not much cheaper than matinee rates: Downtown Art Cinemacharge $13 for the adult matinee and $10 for seniors, for example. But during evening shows, you can save two or three dollars per ticket with the discount. Also note that “senior” is defined differently from place to place. For Midtown it’s 62, while in Regal and AMC theaters it’s 60.

Take the two year olds to Carmike or Regal

Children under 3 come to the cinema for free Royal theaterswhile AMC requires a child ticket for children between the ages of 2 and 12.

Go AMC if you want to order online for free

The convenience of avoiding box office lines and sold-out shows is well worth the online fee of around $1 per ticket on Fandango or individual theater websites. But you can order online for free at AMC theaters. All you need to avoid the surcharge, on the Fandango or AMC website, is aAMC Heelsmembership in the rewards program. Note, however, that the waived online ticket fee only applies if you purchase four or more tickets. If you pay the extra $15 a year for AMC Stubs Premiere membership, they’ll waive the online ticketing fee for any purchase (and provide a bunch of other primo perks).

Eat for Less with the Crown Club Card at Regal Concessions

Do you know that you will have cravings for the theatre? AllRoyal theatersare offering discounted tickets and 50% off popcorn with paid admission on Tuesdays. The only stipulation is that you must use a free Regal Crown Club® membership to purchase your tickets and concessions.

Use your free tickets wisely

When those theater chain rewards card points add up to a free ticket, choose when to redeem them carefully. It stinks to arrive at the theater to find that you won’t be able to enter for free or that you will have to pay extra to use your “free” ticket. To Royal theaters, for example, free passes are not accepted during the first weeks of the theatrical release of certain films. To AMC Theaters, a similar restriction generally applies to the first two weeks of a film’s theatrical release. To make sure you can use your pass (or pay extra to use your pass), call the theater ahead of time. Or, on Fandango’s or AMC’s online shopping site, look for the description “no pass” or “special engagement” next to the movie title.

Watch Movies Tuesdays for Deep Discounts

AMC Theaters is offering $2 off full-price adult admission on Tuesdays with an AMC Stubs Card. Two area Regals are also cutting their Tuesday prices, as part of Regal Avalon 12 (3950 1st St., Alpharetta) charges $6.50 for all tickets on Tuesdays through 5 p.m. Regal Stadium 22 (2480 E West Connector, Austell) offers tickets for $5.00 all day on Tuesdays.

This story was originally published in 2016 by Rose Kennedy and has since been updated.

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