What is the cheapest day to go to the cinema?

Planning a trip to the cinema? Find out the cheapest day in our blog post. Learn which day of the week offers the most budget-friendly movie experience.

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Going to the cinema is an experience like no other, a magical escape from the everyday grind. But for many of us, the cost of a ticket, popcorn, and a drink can leave a sizable dent in our wallets. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the cheapest day to go the to cinema. Whether you’re a dedicated cinephile or an occasional moviegoer, you’ll surely find a way to save here.

Tuesday & Wednesday – 2 for 1 tickets with Meerkat Movies

Meerkat movies are one of the best ways to score regular cinema tickets on the cheap. It refreshes weekly and the barrier to entry is cost effective. To become eligible for Meerkat movies, you simply need to buy travel insurance for one day, which can be as cheap as 20p depending on when you check. Once you’ve done that you’ll be eligible for the Meerkat movies 2-for-1 discount at Odeon for the rest of the year, simples!

If you want to learn more about how to save on cinema tickets, you can read a full guide here. 

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Cheapest day to go to Cineworld

While they don't explicitly advertise it anywhere, Cineworld does have discounted cinema tickets during the week. Standard ticket prices on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are £5.99 while the rest of the week standard tickets are priced at £10.99. 

You can also save a bit more during the week by becoming a My Cineworld Plus member. Membership costs just £6.95 for an annual membership and grants you 10% off tickets purchased online. Lowering that £5.99 saving to a further £5.19. 

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Cheapest day to go to ODEON

In addition to the savings available via Meerkat Movies, Odeon also offers saver tickets every day of the week. Saver tickets are usually priced at £5 and aren’t subject to date or time restrictions. This means you won't have to attend a super early showing or wait for a movie to be about for a certain amount of time, making it perfect for cinephiles with a busy schedule.

There are some caveats, however, to benefit from saver tickets you must be a MyOdeon member which is entirely free and only requires creating an account on the Odeon website. Secondly, saver tickets can only be purchased online, which likely isn't a problem for most but something worth keeping in mind. 

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Cheapest day to go to VUE

While VUE doesn't offer any reduced tickets solely based on the date or time of a showing, there are still ways to net some cheaper tickets. You can buy tickets via Fever which will reduce the standard ticket price from £6.49 to £3.99 which can be used any day of the week. The only caveat is that Fever tickets are only eligible for 2D screenings. 

Additionally, Meerkat movies also work at VUE so it's worth keeping that in mind, if you’ve already signed up for the deal.

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Cheapest day to go to Showcase

If Showcase is your preferred then you're in luck. You can easily save £5 on your cinema tickets by signing up for the Insider program. Membership is free and will reduce your standard ticket price from £13 to £7. 

To sign up to the Insider program you need to create an account via the Showcase website and input your email address. Once you’ve done so you’ll receive a card in the post or you can access a virtual card by using the Showcase app on your IOS or Android device. 

What is the cheapest day to go to the cinema?

While traditionally mid-week and early showings have been the best ways to save, with the numerous amount of deals and bargains available this isn't necessarily true. Today, your ability to save on a cinema ticket is much more dependent on which cinema chain is closest to you and what deals are going to work best for you.

Joshua Ludewig

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