AMC Theatres to Reopen With 15-Cent Movies on Thursday

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Do you miss watching movies on the big screen? If so, AMC Theatres has a can’t-miss deal this week.

After being shuttered for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film chain is ready to reopen the doors of 100 locations on Aug. 20. To celebrate, AMC will offer admission for just 15 cents on that day.

The price promotion is a tribute to the first AMC location, which opened in 1920 in Kansas City, Missouri, and charged that princely sum to patrons.

While all seats will be 15 cents, AMC notes that due to social distancing guidelines, seating capacity will be significantly reduced.

After Aug. 20, tickets for certain “bring-back titles” will be $5. These older movies include “Inception,” “Black Panther,” “Back to the Future,” “Ghostbusters,” “Grease” and “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back.”

Through the end of October, AMC is also cutting prices to $5 for many food and beverage treats, including:

  • Regular popcorn
  • Regular Coca-Cola Freestyle drink
  • KidsPacks

AMC says an additional 300 locations will open in the two weeks following the Aug. 20 reopening. By Sept. 3, two-thirds of AMC’s 600 locations should be back in business.

Saving more money on movies

OK, we admit defeat: We cannot suggest ways to significantly cut the price of a 15-cent admission fee.

But as we mentioned, that promotion is only for one day. Fortunately, there are many ways to save on movies when prices are closer to normal.

For example, you can buy discounted gift cards to AMC Theatres at a website such as Raise. When we last checked, you could purchase AMC cards at the site for a whopping 14.1% discount. That means you could get a $50 card for just $42.97.

There are plenty more ways to cut costs at the cinema. For example, you can join AMC Stubs, the theater chain’s rewards program. As we have reported:

“Just about every major chain has a loyalty card, whether plastic or virtual, for you to swipe each time you hit the flicks. Eventually, you’ll amass sufficient points for a freebie or discount.”

AMC Stubs members will earn double points on all ticket, food and drink purchases through the end of October.

For more ways to save, check out “13 Easy Ways to Save Big Bucks at the Movies.”

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