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 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, many movie theaters offer some kind of senior price break.

We’ve found discounts at the following good-sized theater chains.

However, some smaller companies also 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

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Location: Theaters in more than 20 markets. Once you find your nearest location, visit the theater’s “Admissions & Policies” 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 several states

Discount: “We offer a senior discount every night,” 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 several states

Discount: Seniors pay the reduced matinee 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 several 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 Cinemas

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Location: Theaters in most states

Discount: AARP members can buy Regal ePremiere tickets online for up to 20% off. 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 several states

Discount: The “Senior Wednesdays” special admission price is $7.75 all day — except at Fairfield Cinemas at Bullard Square, where it’s $6.50.

Qualifying ages: 60 and older

Do you know of more theater chains offering great deals? Share them in a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Donna Freedman contributed to this article.

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