Go to the cinema for less

Next month the great and the good from the world of cinema will be assembling for the 84th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood – better known as The Oscars.

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The Oscars usually creates a lot of buzz around the best films Tinsel Town has to offer the UK – but going to see them all can be tough on your wallet.

The good news is, if you do fancy a trip to the cinema, there are some things you can do to keep the costs of admission down, leaving you with more money for your popcorn!

Take advantage of vouchers

Cinema tickets can cost anything from £7 to £10 at peak times, with those in London paying even more. So be sure to look if there are any online voucher codes available, which will give you an immediate discount on your entrance fee.

However, bear in mind you will still need to factor in fees if you’re booking online.

Keep an eye on MoneySupermarket’s vouchers channel which offers discounts of up to 40% for some of the UK’s leading cinema chains. You can also download our vouchers app to get discounts while you’re out and about, which is perfect for those impromptu trips to the flicks.

Mobile phone customers with Orange can also make use of its ‘Orange Wednesdays’ promotion, which offers two cinema tickets for the price of one.

Text ‘Film’ to 241 and you’ll be sent a ‘text ticket’ which you then present to the cinema box office to trigger the discount – though this means you can’t book in advance.

Apply for a loyalty card

Loyalty schemes are also available. The Odeon’s Premiere Club for example, rewards frequent cinema-goers with points which can be exchanged for snacks, drinks and even cinema tickets. The card also gets you 25% off tickets on Tuesdays in selected cinemas.

Each £1 you spend in an Odeon cinema earns you 10 points and 800 points gets you a free ticket. It’ll cost you between £1.99 and £9.99 to join the Premiere Club depending on the level of package you opt for.

Keep hold of your 3D glasses

3D films have taken off in a big way over the past couple of years, but tickets to a 3D screening usually cost more than a standard two-dimensional film.

Many cinemas offer a discount on tickets for 3D films – but only if you bring your own glasses. Be sure to keep hold of yours after the credits roll so you can use them for the next film and save money.

Invest in a season pass

If you’re a big film fan and visit your local multiplex frequently, you might be able to save money by paying for a season ticket.

Cineworld’s Unlimited Card for example, allows you to watch as many films as you like for a monthly fee of £14.99 (or £17.99 for cinemas in London’s West End).

This means that after a couple of trips to Cineworld each month, the card has paid for itself and you can effectively watch more films for free.

Go at off-peak times

Even if you are an infrequent movie-goer, many cinemas offer discounts at off-peak times. Odeon for example, offers 15% off tickets if you go before 5pm between Monday and Thursday.

Vue Cinemas’ Super Saver tickets get you at least 25% off the price of admission on off-peak weekdays, before 5pm.

Please note: Any rates or deals mentioned in this article were available at the time of writing.

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