Don’t ever pay full price when you go to the cinema. I’ve rounded up ALL the deals for Odeon, Vue, Cineworld, Everyman, Picturehouse and more!
In this article you’ll find all the latest cinema ticket deals and offers. I’ve also added in my huge list of all the everyday offers you can get at all the major cinema chains, making this page the only cheap cinema ticket guide you’ll need!
The first offers to check are my top four multi-cinema deals. These are the tricks I use to save at Odeon, Cineworld, Vue and Picturehouse – you can even use more than one at the same time.
Then I’ve listed the individual offers and promotions for each specific chain.
Don’t forget to read my How to get cheap cinema tickets guide to always save when going to the movies.
The best cheap cinema ticket deals
You can use these tricks as most of the big chains, and even some of the independent movie houses. They’re also some of the best ways to save when going to the cinema.
Two for one tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday with Meerkat Movies
Get Meerkat Movies, and a year of 2 for 1 codes, for just a few quid.
Compare the Market have replaced EE with the weekly two for one cinema tickets deal, and I’ve found a way to get this for around £1. You can get access to this deal with this cheeky trick. You also now get Meerkat Meals included.
Up to 40% off with multiple chains
It’s worth checking existing memberships and perks (like the ones you get via work) to see if you can buy discounted tickets. And if you don’t there are ways to get access for free.
These offers generally sell at the same price for tickets based on the chain – no matter where the cinema is based in the UK (except in London).
This means it’s important to check special offers and the price at your local box office in case it’s cheaper to buy direct. Tickets are all digital so you can use them instantly.
Via Tastecard+ and Gourmet Society
With Tastecard+ you can save up to 40% on Odeon, Vue, Picturehouse, Showcase, Cineworld, Empire and other independent cinemas. I’ve written here about the prices you can expect from each chain.
Tastecard trial offers vary, but you can usually get between two and four months for free or £1, then a year for £35. Gourmet Society does essentially the same thing (it’s the same company as TasteCard), and I’ve included the offers in the link below.
Via Lidl Plus
This is a free loyalty app which gives you access to discounts from the Cinema Society. To sign up head to the “partner offers” tab on the app.
Once you’re signed up you can save on Odeon, Vue, Showcase, Empire and a handful of smaller regional chains.
Mubi Go membership
Mubi is an online streaming service. For £9.99 a month you get a classic, world cinema or art-house flick to watch, with the curated selection adding a new film every day.
BUT for an extra fiver you also now get a free cinema ticket every week via the Mubi Go service. There’s also a 7-day free trial.
Again, they aren’t going to be many mainstream blockbusters, but it’s had The Favourite and Suspiria in the past, and Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, alongside well-reviewed but smaller films. There’s a different film every week, and you can go to see that film once.
Of course, with many of the films being smaller, they’ll also have limited releases, so if you don’t live in a big city then there’s a good chance you won’t be able to take advantage every week as not all the films will be shown at all the cinemas. The only big chains included are Curzon and Vue.
It’s hard to find a list of participating cinemas, which vary by film, but pre-pandemic I found a list on the app that included:
- Curzon – 13 locations
- Showcase – 16 locations
- Vue – 80 locations
- Archlight (London)
- Barbican (London)
- BFI (London)
- Genesis (London)
- Prince Charles (London)
- ICA (London)
- Rio (London)
- Abbeygate (Bury)
- Arthouse Crouch End (London)
- Broadway Cinema (Nottingham)
- Chapter (Cardiff)
- Depot (Lewes)
- Dundee Contemporary Theatre
- Eden Court Theatre (Inverness)
- Filmhouse (Edinburgh)
- Glasgow Film Theatre
- Home (Manchester)
- Hyde Park Picture House (Leeds)
- Queen’s Film Theatre (Belfast)
- Showroom Workstation (Sheffield)
- Tyneside Cinema
I don’t live near any of these so I can’t give it a go. If you try it out, do let me know what you think.
Two free tickets with Lotto ticket (finished for 2021)
Every summer you have the chance to get two free cinema tickets when you buy a National Lottery ticket, scratch card or Instant Win game. It last took place on 19 or 20 June 2021.
There’s a huge range of cinemas taking part, including Odeon, Cineworld, Picturehouse, Curzon and Vue as well as many independents.
You can book your ticket from 16 June 2021, and it’s first come, first served with 200,000 tickets available.
Cheap cinema ticket savings – chain specific
The deals above are great, but there are plenty of ways to save at the different chains. If you always go to the same cinema – maybe you’ve no choice where to go! – these are the tricks and deals to look out for with Odeon, Vue, Cineworld, Picturehouse and more.
Cheap Odeon cinema ticket deals and offers
One of the best Odeon deals is via Groupon – but that doesn’t run as often as it used to. However when it is on, it’s listed below.
The rest of the time, Odeon is the place to really take advantage of a student discount. There’s also a new unlimited type card worth considering if you think you’ll go at least three times a month.
You can use Meerkat Movies at Odeon.
Odeon: Free ticket every week with O2 and Virgin Media
A promotion via O2’s Priority loyalty app is a free ticket on a Sunday or Monday each month, which has now been extended to a free ticket every week.
The code will be available from each Wednesday morning and if you manage to claim one (there’s a limited number), you’ve got until the following Sunday to use it and book your free ticket.
You can get one ticket every week and there are occasional extra ones on top. When launched in the summer of 2021, O2 said it would run for the rest of the year and it’s still going in 2022. Here’s more information from O2.
You’ll have to pay extra for things like premium seats or 3D.
You can get the app if you are with O2 or Virgin Media (broadband and TV, not mobile). If you aren’t on O2, don’t worry as there’s a hack that can get you access for £10 every six months.
Odeon: Six free tickets via Lloyds Bank
Anyone who opens a Club Lloyds bank account (read my guide to getting the best bank account offers), can choose six adult Odeon tickets. You get new tickets every 12 months.
Odeon: Groupon ticket offer (expired)
The return of Odeon to Groupon is a little different from previous offers. This time the price depends on whether it’s a standard Odeon or a Luxe cinema. The options are:
- Odeon: 2 for £11 or 5 for £25
- Odeon Luxe: 2 for £15 or 5 for £35
I’d look for cashback or a promo code to combine with this offer to bring the price down further.
There’s no booking fee and tickets can be used one at a time, all at once or a mix. They’re only for 2D screenings and are valid until 1 March 2022.
The Odeons at Leicester Square, West End, BFI Imax and Islington screens are excluded.
Odeon: Two tickets & £10 Turtle Bay gift card for £9.99 (expired)
Sign up to the Stevie discount card and you can get £5 off the “great value” plan, which includes two Odeon tickets. So for £9.99 (rather than £14.99) you’ll get the tickets, a £10 Turtle Bay gift card and access to further discounts at restaurants. Use the code CLEVERCASH to save.
The Turtle Bay discount is only for new users of the Turtle Bay app and can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.
If you don’t want the cinema tickets, you can get the standard membership (priced at £9.99) free with the code BECLEVER.
Odeon: More discounts
Odeon Limitless: From £12.99 a month
Odeon Limitless is an annual membership that allows you to see as many films as you like in Odeon cinemas. You pay monthly. It’s cheaper than it used to be £12.99 outside of London and £14.99 in London.
You can also get a big discount of 27% on a non-London pass through my “work perks” hack, though this might only be on the full price.
Odeon: MyOdeon Saver
Prices start at £6 all day on Member Mondays and selected showings Tuesday to Sunday. It’s free to join MyOdeon.
Up to 40% off with Tastecard+
Tastecard and Gourmet Society members can also save up to 40% on all tickets at Odeon. Prices are either £7.07 a ticket or in London they seem to be £9.02 a ticket. Odeon Leicester Square and BFI Imax are excluded.
Tastecard and Gourmet Society both regularly have free or £1 trials so you can give it a try, but be aware both will auto-renew if you don’t cancel.
You get four tickets all at child prices for the same film with a family ticket, though there’s a max of two adults.
Saturday and Sunday kids screenings are the same cheap price for adults and kids. Most cinemas sell tickets at £2.50, though some charge as low as £1.
Child & teen tickets
Many cinemas charge more for over 12s but Odeon has a teen price too.
Cheap Vue ticket deals and offers
I can’t promise it’ll work for everyone, but I’ve managed to pay as little as £2 a ticket for Vue in Central London by combining a student discount, Super Tuesday and Meerkat Movies (see top of page). Bargain!
But with all of these it’s worth checking the price at your local as some charge as little as £4.99 every day for every film.
Vue: Pizza and ticket for £6 at Asda
Buy two medium pizzas and a drink meal deal from Asda stores and you can claim a free Vue cinema ticket or Sky Store rental voucher
The pizza must come from the pizza counter in-store, and will be labelled as a “Movie Nights In Meal Deal”. It’ll cost £6 in total.
To claim your voucher, which can be used at any Vue on 2D screenings you need to visit MovieNightsIn.co.uk within seven days of buying the food and upload a photo of your receipt.
You’ll then get emailed a code to access your voucher. This must be done within 14 days. The offer is for purchases between 3 March and 30 June 2022. It could well come back after this date as it has been extended a few times already.
Vue: Two tickets for £7 with Vodafone
Vodafone’s loyalty app for customers is called VeryMe, and every week you can now claim two Vue tickets for £7 (for the first year it was Odeon). These can be used any day of the week.
PayAsYouGo customers must have topped up by £10 in the last six weeks to access the offers. Here’s more about the scheme and how to get it, even if you’re not with Vodafone.
Vue: Six free tickets via Lloyds Bank
Anyone who opens a Club Lloyds bank account (read my guide to getting the best bank account offers), they can also choose six adult Vue tickets. You get new tickets every 12 months.
Vue: Four or five tickets for £3 via Telegraph
If you subscribe to the Telegraph you can get a free 2D Vue ticket every month (while tickets last). This can be quite pricey, but there’s currently a trial offer where you get one month free and the next three months for £1 per month.
So overall you’ll pay £3 and you can get access to four Vue tickets over four months. And if you sign up at the start of a month your four month subscription will actually cover five calendar months, so you can grab five tickets.
However, you need to be quick as there are only a limited number available each month. When they’re gone you need to wait until the next month for new ones to be released. The tickets themselves are valid for 12 months.
There are other freebies, such as a Chili movie rental each month.
Be aware though that the trial will carry on to a full membership if you don’t cancel before the third month ends. A “Digital” subscription will cost £12.99 a month.
Vue: More discounts
Get Vue tickets with Nectar points
The fantastic summer deal where you could exchange 1,000 points for two 2D Vue tickets sadly hasn’t returned after 2017.
The best you can get now with your points is to swap 500 points to save £2.50. These Nectar points aren’t boosted at Vue, they’re simply face value. But that does give you a discount if you’ve got some saved up.
Up to 40% off with Tastecard+
Tastecard members can also save up to 40% on all tickets at Vue. Adult prices are either £4.50 to £7 to £8.50. Vue West End is excluded.
Vue Super Monday
Most Vue cinemas offer up to a third off standard adult tickets once you’ve signed up to their Super Mondays scheme. Student tickets will work out cheaper in most cases. It says it’s not valid with any other offer, though you can of course combine it with a discounted gift card.
Most Vue cinemas offer £2.49 tickets for adults and children on selected movies every Saturday, Sunday and school holiday mornings as part of Vue Mini Mornings.
Vue Family tickets
Everyone pays child prices when you buy a Family Ticket at Vue. It’s only valid on U, PG and 12A films. You must have at least one adult (over 19) and one child or teen in the group, but you can keep adding more adults and children to the ticket and still get the discount price.
Cheap Cineworld ticket deals and offers
Cineworld also accepts Meerkat Movies for 2-4-1 tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and you can combine these with your gift cards.
Cineworld: £3 tickets via Three+
Every week Three customers can nab a code for a discounted ticket to use Friday to Sunday. Codes are available from Monday. It’s for 2D screenings only, though you can pay to upgrade. You’ll pay a booking fee to redeem the code online, but it’s free to use in the foyer. Here’s more on the Three+ app.
Cineworld Unlimited: Three month trial
This all-you-can-watch membership (details below) normally has a 12-month minimum period, but there’s now an option where you can quit at any time after a minimum of three months. It’s a good opportunity to give it a go without the long commitment. You’ll also get a free Tastecard membership.
Cineworld Unlimited Card from £9.99 a month
If you go frequently to a Cineworld, its Unlimited Card lets you go as much as you want (2D only). The minimum subscription is 12 months and starts at a tenner a month, going up to £20.90.
- Group 1 cinemas – £9.99 a month
- Group 2 cinemas – £15.99 a month
- Group 3 cinemas (all except Leicester Square)- £18.40 a month
- Group 4 cinemas (all including Leicester Square)- £20.90 a month
You can see which cinemas are in which groups here. There’s no discount for paying for the full year upfront.
Members also get invited to preview screenings and 10% off food and drink. If you continue your subscription for a second year, the pass then includes 3D films and the food discount goes up to 25%. You’ll also get a free Tastecard membership.
There’s a referral scheme where you get an extra month for free if you get a mate to sign up. Or you can use my “work perks” hack to save 23% on the annual cost.
Cineworld: Other discounts
MyCineworld booking discount
Register for MyCineworld Plus and you get a 10% discount on all online bookings. However the cost is £5.95 a year. But if you book six or so tickets online you’ll probably make the money back.
However there’s still a booking fee on top, making it cheaper to book in person at the box office.
Tesco Clubcard Cineworld deals
Tesco Clubcard sells vouchers to use at Cineworld. You get £1.50 for every 50p of points you use. It’s not a bad deal, but I think there are better uses of Tesco Clubcard points – here are my top picks.
Up to 40% off with Tastecard+
Cineworld isn’t listed on the main website but once you sign up you can buy cheaper tickets via Tastecard or Gourmet Society +. All tickets seem to be £6.60, which is more expensive than direct at places such as Bradford, but a lot cheaper than screenings in places like Greenwich. It excludes Leicester Square.
You might make a slight saving if there are two adults and two children.
Movies for Juniors
Cut-price tickets for specific films at the weekend.
Picturehouse cinema deals and offers
I love Picturehouse (it was my local for years when I lived in London) and it can be incredibly cheap, especially if you’re a member.
Meerkat Movies is accepted at Picturehouse, and you can buy tickets via a Tastecard (more on these at the top of the page).
Picturehouse: £3 tickets via Three+
Every week Three customers can nab a code for a discounted ticket to use Friday to Sunday. Codes are available from Monday. It’s for 2D screenings only, though you can pay to upgrade.
Picturehouse Central and Picturehouse Fulham Road are excluded. You’ll pay a booking fee to redeem the code online, but it’s free to use in the foyer. Here’s more on the Three+ app.
Picturehouse memberships offer great value for money. You get free tickets and a discount at any Picturehouse cinema, though the free tickets are sometimes restricted to your member cinema. It’s best to save the free tickets for the weekends when prices go up!
- Full membership represents good value. It’s recently gone up in price to around £52, and £62 in London, but you get four free tickets and £2 off future tickets. It’s more at £90 for the Picturehouse Central.
- Joint memberships with someone you share an address with are even better value. It’ll cost less than getting two individual memberships and comes with eight free tickets.
Members also get a 10% discount on food and drink, free previews, no online booking fees and occasional other freebies.
Cheap movie days
The day varies depending on each cinema, though largely seem to be Monday or Tuesday. If you go on this day, the student membership price can be as low as £4!
Up to 40% off with Tastecard+
You’ll pay £8.65 a ticket outside London and £9.50 a ticket inside London with a Tastecard + membership. This is marginally less than a peak adult ticket in most of the Picturehouse cinemas, but much more than off-peak or member prices.
You can also save at the Picturehouse Central in London. It’s a lovely cinema, but it’s also not cheap if you aren’t a member. Here a ticket will cost you £13.70, again it cheaper than peak time adult tickets.
Special Clubs for students, kids and over-60s
Students can join for free to get invites to monthly free screenings with Slackers Club. Sign up in the cinema with your student card.
Kids’ Club screenings are most weekends and tickets are reduced for adults and children.
The Silver Screen Club is for over-60s and the discounted tickets come with a free cup of tea.
Look out for discounts for the unemployed, parents with toddlers and people with autism.
Bring your old 3D glasses to save
Picturehouse lowers the cost of 3D screenings if you bring your old glasses. Worth remembering!
Everyman cinema deals and offers
You can’t use Meerkat Movies at Everyman cinemas.
There are a few options here, though the basic one (i.e. cheapest) allows you to take a friend for free on Mondays. You also get seven free tickets for the £95 cost.
The next level up costs £300 a year, and comes with 24 free tickets. After this you can spend £600 and get unlimited tickets for two for a year.
Curzon cinema deals and offers
Curzon doesn’t accept Meerkat Movies.
For £65 (£50 concessions) you can get an annual “Classic” membership. This comes with five credits to use for free tickets or at home streams. You can use the credit to buy tickets for yourself and guests. There’s a further 20% discount for you and a guest on other tickets. You’ll also get 10% off drinks and snacks.
If you go to a Curzon a lot, there is a £285 “Cult” option. This annual membership gives you five free credits a week. Use them all and it’s just £1.10 a ticket! You can’t use the credits to get a ticket for a guest. If you want to pay monthly it’s £25 a month, but you’re still tied in for 12 months.
The Cult + membership doubles down with 10 free tickets a week (which are valid for events such as theatre and ballet screenings) and an additional cardholder. It comes in at £850 a year.
You can get cheaper tickets until 5pm on weekdays.
Cheap Showcase ticket deals and offers
Showcase: See two fillms, see one free
Members of the free Insider scheme who see any two films between 19 July and 22 August 2021 will get a free ticket for a third film between 23 August and 19 September. More details here.
Showcase: Other discounts
Showcase Insider Loyalty Scheme discounts from Sunday to Tuesday
Join the Insiders Loyalty Scheme for free and get £7 tickets Sundays after 7pm and all day Monday and Tuesday. There are also free preview screenings. You can also earn 10% of your spend back to use however you want on your next visit- so tickets, popcorn, drinks etc.
Tastecard + up to 40% discounts at Showcase
Tastecard+ members can save up to 40% at Showcase. You can often get £1 trials or discounted memberships. See the top of this page for the latest offers. At a standard showcase an adult ticket will set you back £7.70, while at a De Lux location it’ll be £9.05.
Empire Cinema deals and offers
Usually on a Tuesday though it varies depending on where you are, all tickets are reduced as low as £3.40 a ticket. Terms state it can’t be used with Meerkat Movies.
Empire: Last chance to see Thursdays
Most Empire cinemas offer cut price tickets on selected movies.
Other London independent cinemas ticket offers
If you live in London there are a few little gems which can get you cheap tickets to new releases and classics all through the week. Here’s my pick
Barbican young person discount
At the Barbican 14 to 25-year-olds can pay £5 if they join the free Young Barbican scheme.
Prince Charles membership offers
Members at the Prince Charles Cinema (just off Leicester Square) can save at least £2.50 off every ticket, and there are £1 screenings every week.
It costs just £10, or £7.50 for concessions.
Rich Mix ticket deals
Tickets are £6 every Monday if booked in advance, while locals get £6 tickets on Mondayand Tuesday,
Rich Mix members get three free tickets and £2 discounts on further tickets for £35, or £55 joint. 16-25 year olds who join for £6 get £6 tickets everyday.
Peckham Plex – less than a fiver every day
Tickets are a bargain £4.99 for everyone all the time at the Peckham Plex.
Genesis Cinema discounts
The Genesis in Mile End is super cheap on Monday to Thursday, with adult tickets just £5.50.