Senior Discounts at Movie Theaters
There have been numerous movie blockbusters this year. But while movies become ever more thrilling to watch, they also become more expensive. It’s important to know what discounts are available to you (and your children or grandchildren, if you choose to take them along).
Discounts and Restrictions:
Most every movie theater offers some type of discount for seniors. These discounts can be very substantial, ranging from 25% to 60% off the regular ticket price.
While the savings can be great, you should know about possible restrictions. Although most major movie theaters offer a senior discount on all showings, some theaters may only have discounts available at certain times of the day (such as a matinee), or on a certain day of the week (typically a weekday). National chains may provide a different discount amount at each of its theater branches, so it is always best to check with your local theater.
Locating the Discounts:
Discounts may be difficult to locate on movie theater web sites. Also, many theater chains now use web sites (like Fandango.com or Movies.com) to sell tickets and the senior rates may only be posted on these sites where you purchase tickets. If discounts aren’t listed online, you can also find a theater’s discount by calling its movie line directly on the phone. Know that you will need to provide proof of your age when picking up your senior tickets.
Most senior discounts for movie theaters begin at around age 60 or 62, but there are many that have extended the discount to customers aged 50 or 55. For those of us who do not quite meet the age requirement, try locating an alternative theater or going to the movie earlier in the day as many theaters will provide discounts on their matinee shows. You could also wait until the movie is shown at a later date at one of the discounted theaters.
Children and Grandchildren:
Many movie theaters also have children’s rates so you can take your grandchildren at a discount as well. These discounts are usually similar to those for seniors, but they may have even better child rates at earlier times in the day.
Here is a sampling of national movie theater chains and what you will typically find for savings and age requirements. Note: Participation, discount amount and age requirement can vary from one theater to the next, so it is best to locate the exact theater you would like to visit and check its senior discount policy.
AMC/Loews Theatres – AMC/Loews Entertainment has movie theater locations in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Carmike Theater – Carmike Cinemas is a movie theater corporation that currently operates over 300 theaters in 37 states, making it the fourth largest theater company in the United States.
Cinemark/Century – Cinemark is one of the largest motion picture exhibitors in North America, operating 296 theatres, with 3,216 screens in 33 states.
Clearview Cinemas – Clearview Cinemas operates 52 movie theatres with 258 screens in the New York metropolitan area, including theatres in New Jersey, Manhattan, Westchester, Rockland County, Long Island and Pennsylvania.
Dickinson Theaters – Dickinson Theatres consists of 346 screens at 37 locations in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.
Hollywood Theaters – Over 50 locations throughout the United States.
Landmark Theatres – Landmark Theatres is America’s largest theater circuit dedicated to independent films, foreign language cinema, restored classics and documentaries.
Marquee Cinemas – Movie theater chain with locations in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Connecticut and North Carolina.
National Amusements Cinemas – National Amusements operates theaters around the world under its Showcase, Multiplex, Cinema de Lux, and KinoStar brands.
Quality Theaters – Most of theaters feature comfortable, high-back tempur-pedic seats. All theaters feature digital surround sound to give you that one-of-a-kind experience.
Rave Motion Pictures – Rave Motion Pictures is an upscale movie theater company based in Dallas, Texas.
Regal Entertainment Group – Regal Entertainment Group comprises Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Theatres, and operates 6,386 screens in 539 locations in 40 states and the District of Columbia.