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!
- Tricks to save at most cinemas |
- Cheap Odeon ticket offers including:
- 10% online booking discount
- 20% off with Virgin Red app
- Five Odeon tickets for £25
- Unlimited movies from £17.99 a month
- An extra 25% off student prices
- 2-4-1 weekend vouchers
- Cheap Vue ticket offers including:
- 1/3 off on Super Monday
- Nectar card discounts
- Cheap Cineworld ticket offers including:
- Discounted tickets with Red Letter Days
- Unlimited movies from £17.60 a month
- Online booking discount
- Cheap Picturehouse ticket offers including: Picturehouse Central discount
- Cheap Everyman ticket offers including Membership offers
- Cheap Curzon ticket offers Membership offers
- Cheap Showcase ticket offers
- Cheap Empire ticket offers
- Other London independent cinema ticket offers including
- Barbican £6 tickets
- Prince Charles Cinema membership discounts
- PeckhamPlex £5 bargains
- Rich Mix under 25 discount
In this blog 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.
1. 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 just £1.37 (though the lowest policy flexes between £1 and £2). You can get access to this deal with this cheeky trick. You also now get Meerkat Meals included.
2. Up to 40% off Vue, Odeon, Empire, Showcase, Reel and Cineworld with £1 Tastecard+ and Kids Pass trials
Cinema discounts with Tastecard+ and Gourmet Society
With Tastecard+ you can save 40% on Odeon, Vue, Showcase, Empire and other independent cinemas. You have to buy in pairs, though the tickets can be used individually. The offer has recently changed so there’s no Cineworld, and Picturehouse is labelled “coming soon”.
Gourmet Society does essentially the same thing (it’s the same company as TasteCard), and I’ve included the offers in the link below.
Deals vary, but you can usually get three months for £1, then a year for £35.
Cinema discounts with Kids Pass trial
Kids Pass run a similar offer (for adults as well as kids) which has all the big cinema chains, so Odeon, Vue, Cineworld, Showcase and Empire. It looks like there’s no option for Picturehouse anymore. Do compare prices with the other deals below first as there is a booking fee.
The standard trial is just 14-days for £1, but I’ve blagged a 30-day trial – well worth giving it a go. After the trial your membership will renew at £29.99 (I’ve managed to negotiate £10 off the standard price for you). If you don’t want that to happen you need to cancel.
3. Free ticket to watch a film on Sundays at Cineworld, Empire, Picturehouse, Showcase and other small chains
The Sweet Sunday deal is back. Buy promotional chocolate and sweets to get a free 2D ticket valid on Sundays between 19th August and 18th November. This includes Maltesers, M&Ms, Galaxy and Milky Way.
You need 10 stars to get the ticket, so check the pack to see the value. If the big pouches are on offer at £1.50, you’ll only need two packs to get your ticket, so a £3 spend.
You need to register your codes before 31st October and use your ticket by the 18th November. Once you’ve entered your code you can get them emailed straight away, or posted, which takes a few weeks.
4. Buy reduced gift cards – and get an extra £5 off
Zeek is a clever website and app where people can buy and sell unwanted gift vouchers. There are often Odeon, Vue, Empire and Cineworld codes and cards reduced here, though it’s pot luck what’s available when you check in.
Discounts I’ve seen here on cinema cards vary, but they range from around 4% to a huge 20%. Many are e-codes so you’ll get them within minutes, ready to use. The really great thing is you can combine them with any of the other deals as they’re just a substitute for cash.
However, in recent months Zeek has added a few extras like transaction fees, or delivery charges for physical cards, so make sure these don’t eat into the discount.
Go via the link below to download the app or use the website. Use the code CLEVERCASH to give you £5 credit on your first order. There’s a minimum spend of £45.
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, and remember to get a discounted gift card from Zeek.
20% off with Virgin Red app
If you’ve got the Virgin Red app, then take a look for a weekly code to save you 20% on tickets. You can get the discount on as many tickets as you like in a single transaction, but you can only use the code once each week. The code can be combined with student and senior discounts.
You have to use the code at the cinema, so you can’t book with it. Other restrictions include Bargain Mondays, Odeon Luxe screens and the first week of release for new films. You also can’t combine it with Meerkat Movies and other promotions – though it’s worth a try!
To get the Virgin Red app you need to have used a Virgin service in the past. So if you’ve ever booked a train or had Virgin TV you should be ok.
Five Odeon tickets for £25 or three for £16.50
A new Groupon deal, this one will get you a bunch of tickets to use before 11th October. As ever a few films and cinemas are excluded from the offer, so check the terms and conditions on the Groupon page before you buy.
Up to 40% off with Kids Pass or Tastecard
Tastecard, Gourmet Society and Kids Pass members can also save up to 40% on all tickets at Vue.
Tastecard offer a 2-month freebie, Gourmet Society has a 3-month trial for £1, while it’s for Kids Pass it’s a 30-day trial for £1, but be aware both will auto-renew if you don’t cancel
Sign up > Get a 30-day Kids Pass for £1
Up to 10% off gift vouchers with Zeek
In the past I’ve snapped up a £100 Odeon e-voucher for £90, saving 10%, though discounts and availability do vary. I can use this with my NUS card or Meerkat Movies to save even more. Plus, new users can use the code CLEVERCASH to get an extra £5 off their first order. There’s a minimum spend of £45.
Discount days & cut-price mid-week tickets
It’s worth checking out your local Odeon as many have a “Bargain Day” with lower than normal prices. Some even do this Monday to Thursday, including central London locations such as Panton Street and Covent Garden which both offer £6 adult tickets.
10% online booking discount
If you join MyOdeon you can save 10% when you book in advance. However there is also a 75p booking fee per ticket! Still it’s free to join and if you are booking online it will save you cash.
Odeon Limitless is an annual membership which allows you to see as many films as you like in Odeon cinemas. You pay monthly. It’s £17.99 outside of London and £19.99 in London.
Extra 25% discount with an NUS Totum card
This gives you an extra 25% off student tickets from Monday to Thursday, which are already reduced.
Odeon Premier Club
Join the Premiere Club and earn points for free tickets. You earn 10 points for every £1 you spend on tickets and snacks. 600 points will get an off-peak adult ticket, 1,200 a peak ticket. You have to pay to join and there are different options.
- £1.99 gets 100 points
- £4.99 gets 500 points
- £9.99 gets 1,000 points and double points for your first month
2-4-1 weekend vouchers
Subscribers to The Times newspaper become members of Times Plus. With this you can get a 2-4-1 Odeon voucher to use every weekend. New codes are released each Monday.
Tesco Clubcard deals
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, Zeek voucher, Super Tuesday and Meerkat Movies (see top of page). Bargain!
The last three summers there’s also been a great Nectar deal offering two tickets for £5. I’ll update here if it returns.
Up to 40% off with Kids Pass or Tastecard
Tastecard and Kids Pass members can also save up to 40% on all tickets at Vue.
Tastecard offer a 4-month trial for £1, while it’s for Kids Pass it’s a 30-day trial for £1, but be aware both will auto-renew if you don’t cancel
Up to 12% off gift vouchers with Zeek
I used Zeek (which is a gift card resale site) to get a £30 Vue voucher for just £20. However, most of the time the discount is closer to 10% or 12%. Still a great way to save more, epecially since you can use it with other promotions. Plus, new users can use the code CLEVERCASH to get an extra £5 off their first order. There’s a minimum spend of £45.
Get Vue tickets with Nectar points
The fantastic summer deal where you can exchange 1,000 points for two 2D Vue tickets has ended for another year but doesn’t look like it will return in 2018.
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.
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 from Zeek.
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.
Six free tickets via Lloyds Bank
Anyone who opens a Club Lloyds bank account not only gets 2% interest on savings (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.
Cheap Cineworld ticket deals and offers
If I go to Cineworld I make sure I get a code from Zeek, which often has up to 20% off e-gift codes which arrive instantly.
Cineworld also accepts Meerkat Movies for 2-4-1 tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and you can combine these with your gift cards.
You can also save at Cineworld with a Kids Pass card (more on all of these at the top of the page).
Up to 40% off with Kids Pass
Kids Pass members can save up to 40% on adult and children tickets.
With Kids Pass you can get a 30-day trial for £1, which renews at £29.99 for a year.
Up to 10% off gift vouchers with Zeek
There are often decent discounts on Cineworld gift cards on Zeek. I can use this with my NUS card or Meerkat Movies to save even more. Plus, new users can use the code CLEVERCASH to get an extra £5 off their first order. There’s a minimum spend of £45.
Cheaper tickets via Red Letter Days
If you’ve ever been given a voucher for sites like Red Letter Days or Virgin Experiences you’ll know if can be difficult to find something you actually want! Well, I think a good use at Red Letter Days is Cineworld tickets.
Prices aren’t super low, BUT there’s frequently a code offering between 10% and 20% off the prices. Plus you can usually pick up a Red Letter Day gift code from Zeek with another 10% savings (more on this above).
- Two 2D tickets for £22 (£11 each)
- Four 2D tickets for £38 (£9.50 each)
- Two 3D tickets for £30 (£15 each)
- Four 3D tickets for £58 (£14.50 each)
So when I ordered tickets the other week with an extra discount code and using a Zeek voucher, I got four 2D tickets for around £6.50 each!
MyCineworld booking discount
You now need to pay to sign up for MyCineworld. It’s £4.95 a year and in return you get a 10% discount on all online bookings. So if you book four 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.
Cineworld Unlimited Card
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 at £17.40 a month. It’s more expensive in London at £19.90 a month, which adds Haymarket, Leicester Square, Fulham Road and Chelsea. 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%.
There’s a referral scheme where you get an extra month for free if you get a mate to sign up.
Tesco Clubcard Cineworld deals
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’s my local!) and I’ve written about it before as one of my Amazing Savings. It can also 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 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!
- Best is the student membership. This costs between £15 and £25. You’ll get two free tickets and at least £2 off future visits. You’ll need to buy an NUS Extra card (read how anyone can get one, even if they aren’t a student) for this. Though the NUS card will cost you around £20, you should be able to get plenty more savings from it to justify the price.
- If you don’t want to get the NUS card, full membership still represents good value. It’s recently gone up in price to around £45, and £55 in London, but you get four free tickets and £2 off future tickets.
- 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!
Cheap Picturehouse Central tickets trick
** UPDATE – Tastecard now says Picturehouse e-tickets are “coming soon”, so do check before taking out the trial if this is your main purpose of joining **
The Picturehouse Central in London is a lovely cinema, but it’s also not cheap if you aren’t a member. But I’ve found a trick to save you cash!
I’ve written at the top of this article how to take advantage of Tastecard+, Gourmet Society and Kids Pass trials to get up to 40% off at major cinema chains. Well, this includes Picturehouse Central. Simply order two Independent Cinema (IC) vouchers for around £18.50, roughly the cost of one non-member adult ticket! Kids Pass also offer instant digital tickets at a reduced price.
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 lower 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.
Up to 33% off gift vouchers with Zeek
There are often decent discounts on Everyman gift cards on Zeek. I’ve picked up a few with a third off, and a couple more at around 10%. Plus, new Zeek users can use the code CLEVERCASH to get an extra £5 off their first order. There’s a minimum spend of £45.
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.
Curzon Every Membership (London)
For £60 (£50 concessions) you can get an annual “Classic” membership. This comes with four free tickets and a further discount for you and a guest. You’ll also get 15% off drinks and snacks.
If you go to a Curzon a lot, there is a £350 “Cult” option which gives unlimited free entry, or a £950 “Complete” membership which gives free entry for you and a guest.
Curzon Local Membership (Outside London)
The “Classic” deal is the same but the price is £45, down to £35 for concessions. This is for Ripon, Canterbury, Wimbledon, Sheffield and Knutsford Curzons.
The “Cult” unlimited membership is £200 and “Complete” Local is £600.
You can get cheaper tickets until 5pm on weekdays.
Cheap Showcase ticket deals and offers
I don’t have any Showcase cinemas near me, but I’ll often see vouchers pop up on Zeek.
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 + or Kids Pass 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.
Kids Pass members can get the same discount. a 30-day trial is £1.
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.
Last chance to see Thursdays
Most Empire cinemas offer cut price tickets on selected movies.
Tastecard + or Kids Pass Empire discounts
Tastecard+ members can save at Showcase. You can often get £1 trials or discounted memberships. See the top of this page for more info.
Or Try a Kids Pass for a similar offer. You can get a 30-day trial for £1 via my link below.
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 Monday Madness and Student Tuesday
Every ticket is £6 on Mondays, £8 for 3D at the Barbican. Students pay £5 on Tuesdays.
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
If you’re between 15 and 25 years old, films are £5 every day.
Rich Mix members get two free tickets and £2 discounts on further tickets for £30, or £45 joint.
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 and Wednesdays, with adult tickets just £4.50.