7 Movie Theater Chains With Senior Discounts

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The average movie theater ticket price in 2019 was $9.16, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. That figure hasn’t been updated since (thanks, COVID-19!), but you can safely assume that the price hasn’t gone down.

Movie ticket prices can put a real hurt on your entertainment budget if you’re a senior living on a fixed income. Even those who are still working might think a night at the movies is a costly indulgence. That’s especially true if they’re trying to get out of debt or playing catch-up on their retirement savings.

Fortunately, movie theaters tend to offer some kind of senior price break. We’ve found discounts at many good-sized theater chains throughout the country.

Even some smaller companies offer senior deals. For example, Classic Cinemas, a chain in Illinois, charges seniors age 60 and up the matinee price no matter what time the show starts, a spokesperson tells Money Talks News.

That art-house or single-theater setup in your hometown also might have a special deal. It never hurts to ask. With the money you save, you might even be able to afford some popcorn.

1. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

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Location: Theaters in 24 markets. Once you find your nearest location, visit that theater’s page for details.

Discount: “Senior Day” tickets are available at many locations, an Alamo Drafthouse spokesperson tells Money Talks News.

Qualifying ages: 55 to 60 and older, depending on the location.

2. B&B Theatres

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Location: Theaters in 14 states.

Discount: “We are pleased to offer a senior discount for evening shows, equal to our standard matinee rates,” a B&B Theatres spokesperson tells Money Talks News.

Qualifying ages: 60 and older.

3. Cinemark

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Location: Theaters in most states.

Discount: A “Seniors Day” discount is available on designated days, according to Cinemark’s website. This discount varies by theater, so check with your local theater box office for details.

4. Georgia Theatre Company

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Location: Theaters in four states.

Discount: Seniors pay a reduced price for evening shows. Prices and participation vary by location.

Qualifying ages: 55 and older.

5. Marcus Theatres

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Location: Theaters in 17 states.

Discount: The “Young at Heart” special admission price is $6 for any show that starts before 5:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Qualifying ages: 60 and up.

6. Regal

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Location: Theaters in most states.

Discount: AARP members can buy Regal ePremiere tickets online for up to 20% off. Those who are members of both AARP and the Regal Crown Club also can save $3 on a popcorn-and-soft-drink combo by showing their membership cards.

7. Showcase Cinemas

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Location: Theaters in four states.

Discount: The “Senior Wednesdays” special admission price is $7.75 all day. On these days, a popcorn and fountain drink special is also available for $5.50.

Qualifying ages: 60 and older.

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