Now we’re not naming any names, but one of the team went to the cinema not too long ago, and two cinema tickets cost them £32... That’s more horrifying than the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre film!


Whereas going to the cinema used to be a cheap date, the prices nowadays are borderline daylight robbery. However, there’s something about sitting in a theatre and watching the latest film, with the snacks you’ve smuggled in, that we find really enjoyable.

Although we love the ease of streaming services — being able to come home after a long day in the office and switching on some soothing reality TV or gripping drama is blissful — we agree with director Martin Scorsese’s rant that subscription services are devaluing the art of cinema. After all, blockbusters like The Whale, Babylon, and The Banshees of Inisherin were destined to be enjoyed on the big screen.

So with all of this in mind, we’ve been determined to find ways of making the cinema cheap again! From monthly passes and two-for-one discounts to savings through Tastecard, Vodafone and Three, these are the best ways to get cheap cinema tickets.

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How to get cheap cinema tickets

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Before booking to go to the cinema, it's important to check if you can get discounted tickets because, more often than not, you'll be able to knock a few quid off your bill.

If you have a phone or broadband contract, chances are they will offer a rewards scheme to get discounted tickets for concerts, theme parks, the cinema, and more. Vodafone, Three UK, O2, and Virgin Media are amongst the providers who offer cheap cinema tickets.

It's important to shop around; buying from the cinema's website or on the door won't be the best way to bag cheap tickets. Sites like Fever and Tastecard are brilliant for discounted cinema tickets, and if you're looking to turn a cinema trip into something a bit more special, Buyagift and Virgin Experience Days have plenty of great packages.

Unfortunately, unlike with things such as train tickets, buying cinema tickets in advance won't lower the price. Plus, most cinemas release tickets only a week in advance anyway. But do not fear our cinema-loving readers, we've got plenty of ways to help you claim cheap cinema tickets.

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What day is 2-for-1 cinema tickets?

This varies depending on where you claimed the offer from, but 2-for-1 cinema days are usually weekdays.

With Meerkat Movies, you can grab 2-for-1 ODEON cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday for a whole year when you buy a qualifying product from

What day is the cheapest to go to the cinema?

Typically, weekdays are the cheapest to go to the cinema as places, such as Meerkat Movies, offer the 2-for-1 cinema ticket promotion during the week. However, we have some brilliant deals below, from Tesco Clubcard, Fever, Vodafone, and more, that get you discounted cinema tickets on weekends.

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Discounted cinema tickets at Fever

What’s the deal: Participating cinemas in London are offering discounted tickets via Fever. See the latest films from just £3.99 at Vue, and from £6.99 at ODEON. Plus, there’s the option to join waiting lists for soon-to-be-released movies, such as Creed III.

Why we chose it: If I wanted to see Scream VI at The Chiswick Cinema in London, it would cost me £18.50 for an Adult ticket, and if I chose to see the film at Vue Westfield in Shepherd's Bush, even for the Super Saver option, it would set me back £9.99. However, to see the film at an ODEON cinema via Fever, I'd only pay £6.99. You can't say fairer than that.

Up to 40% off cinema tickets with Groupon

What’s the deal: Groupon has some fantastic deals to help you bag a cinema ticket for less. There are 40 per cent off tickets at ODEON, and discounts on group cinema tickets.

Why we chose it: At the moment, you can bag five tickets for any ODEON cinema for £20, so just £4 each.

Get up to 40% off cinema tickets at Groupon

Save on the latest films with Tastecard

What’s the deal: First of all, what is Tastecard? Tastecard is a one-stop shop for discount codes for your favourite restaurants, cinemas, and shops. Tastecard has partnered with high street and independent cinemas to bring you up to 40% off cinema tickets.

Why we chose it: The money you save on cinema tickets can be spent on snacks instead. Smart idea? We certainly think so.

Cinema experiences with Buyagift

What’s the deal: If you fancy making a day or an evening out of your cinema trip, Buyagift has just the experience packages for you. Some of our favourites include cinema tickets with dinner, a hidden vintage cinema with cocktails, and tickets to Bristol Film Festival with wine tasting.

Why we chose it: Despite some of the vouchers not saving you a huge amount of money, there are some real gems on the Buyagift website. Plus, the experiences can be claimed at various locations across the UK.

If you're a fan of seeing a film in style, check out our guide to the best luxury cinema experiences in London.

Cinema experiences with Virgin Experience Days

What’s the deal: Like with Buyagift, Virgin Experience Days offers cinema experiences which make watching a movie a whole lot more special. Plus, the site offers bundles on Cineworld tickets, which include snacks and drinks, saving you a couple of pennies.

Why we chose it: If you're buying someone a cinema experience, perhaps for a birthday or an anniversary, a gift card from Virgin Experience Days is a thoughtful idea.

Save when you become a cinema member

What’s the deal: Many cinemas offer memberships where you can pay a monthly fee and see as many films as your heart desires, for example, myLIMITLESS from ODEON offers unlimited films, savings on food and drink, and exclusive screenings from £14.99 a month. Similarly, experience as many movies as you like with Cineworld Unlimited from £10.99 a month.

Why we chose it: A lot of the time, you’d only have to visit the cinema twice a month to get your money’s worth. Plus you get 10% off food and drink, and if you haven't already guessed a discounted snack is a priority for us!

Two tickets for £7 for Vodafone customers

What’s the deal: Vodafone customers can redeem this Vue offer — two tickets for £7 — once a week. The offer will appear on the My Vodafone app every Monday. There is a tiny bit of small print, however: you’ll need to have a monthly or small business contract, or if you’re a pay-as-you-go customer, you’ll need to have topped up at least £10 in the last 60 days.

Why we chose it: The offer covers any 2D movie, and can be redeemed on the weekend, which is a huge rarity as that’s the most popular time to go.

Turn Clubcard vouchers into cinema tickets

What’s the deal: Is there anything Tesco Clubcards can’t do? If it’s not saving us money on our meal deal, it’s getting us cheap tickets to Thorpe Park. Now, you can get three times the value on your Clubcard vouchers — for example, 50p becomes £1.50 — when exchanged for a Cineworld code.

Why we chose it: ‘Every little helps’, as Tesco would say! Any amount of money off a cinema ticket is a win in our eyes.

One film every day with Fever

What’s the deal: Check out the participating Vue cinemas in Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Liverpool, Birmingham or Manchester, decide the film and time, then buy your Fever E-code to use on the listing and save yourself some pennies. There's some fantastic films out at the moment that you can use the code on, such as John Wick: Chapter 4 and the Super Mario Bros. movie.

Why we chose it: From just £3.99, you can watch a film at participating Vue cinemas in Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Liverpool, Birmingham or Manchester.

£3 cinema tickets with Three UK

What’s the deal: Another great deal you can bag by simply having a phone contract, and this time, it’s from Three UK. Three Mobile customers will get a weekly code for £3 Cineworld tickets on the Three+ rewards app.

Why we chose it: Like with the Vodafone offer, the code can be redeemed on any 2D movie, and you can use it on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday — prime cinema-going days.

Cheap cinema tickets for kids

What’s the deal: An offer you can use during the summer holidays and beyond! A selection of UK cinemas offer discounted tickets for children aged 14 and under, and their accompanying adult. Tickets start from just £2.50 at Cineworld and ODEON, and £2 at Empire.

Plus, Kids Pass offers up to 40% off cinema tickets at a range of cinemas nationwide.

Why we chose it: Keeping kids entertained, particularly during the holidays, can be expensive. That’s why any deal that keeps the cost of family days out down will be shared with you with the utmost priority!

Group discounts with Wowcher

What’s the deal: With Wowcher you can get regular group discounts for over 87 Vue cinemas, including screens in London, Liverpool and Cardiff. You can get discount codes for deals like two tickets for £9, five tickets for £20 or even 10 tickets for £38.

Why we chose it: Cinema is an experience you should share with the people around you, so with these voucher codes you can turn a small cinema trip into a big group day out.

Free cinema tickets with Priority

What’s the deal: What’s better than discounted cinema tickets? Free ones! O2 phone and Virgin Media broadband customers will love this deal: each week, Priority releases 10,000 free ODEON tickets for any 2D screening on a Sunday or Monday, and if you’re in the first 10,000, you’ve just bagged yourself a free ticket.

Why we chose it: It’s completely free as there’s no booking fee.

As much as we'd love to, it's practically impossible to go to the cinema every day, so be sure to check out our Disney Plus offers and Virgin Media offers.


Plus, you can take a look at some of the other fun experiences we can offer, like the best film and TV studio tours and the best F1 experience days.