I LOVE movies, but do not like the $10+ ticket price to see a new film. It just kills the tightwad in me, when I think of how much I could do with that $10.
It’s easier to see films, before they are released to the general public, than you may think! It’s simply knowing where to look. In most cases, they will make you check in your technology- that means no phones, tablets, etc can go in with you. Most of the screenings are on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday — occasionally a special event comes up and it is later in the week.
- GoFobo – Click the Screenings tab, enter you zip code and which movie you would like to see. Keep in mind, that just because you get a ticket, it doesn’t mean you will be able to see the movie! They often over book so plan to get there about 30 minutes early. Film Metro is the same company…just in case you heard of it. They take to to the exact same place.
- Wild About Movies – Simply look for what movies you are interested in, click the link they provide and see if a screening is near you. They do want you to “like” their Facebook page, but I find it often has less than desirable language on it…so I avoid it.
- Advanced Movie Screenings – one of the best sites for detailed city lisitings. It is VERY easy to maneuver the site!
- Special Interest Groups – Did you know the Pro-life group bought out a theater in Madison to offer a free screening on the movie Gimme Shelter? You can often find such great opportunities with movies that run close to your ideals/personal agenda. My own church bought out a theater so we could see Son Of God last week!
- Use FREE Movie Passes – you can earn points with Swagbucks, MyPoints, etc and save those points for theater gift cards. Use those to pay for your admission! They do go a lot further when you attend on their discount day or use the early bird discount.
This a bonus: Be a blogger! We often get invited to special events by PR companies — that is how I saw Family Man, in Chicago last summer.
Some of the screenings will be available to you, in which case you just need to reserve and print your tickets (each reservation typically comes with two). For some movies, you’ll need an RSVP code first. A good place to look for those is rsvpcodes.com, where people enter city and movie-specific codes for others to use. Keep in mind that where you live makes the biggest impact. I rarely see screenings in Madison, WI — but drive to Wauwatosa (Where we saw Frozen early).