Are you looking for cheap cinema tickets in London? Want to watch the latest blockbuster without blowing the budget?
Like everything these days, the a trip to the cinema is becoming increasingly expensive. That’s before the prices of cinema snacks are factored in too…
I have always been a huge fan of the movies, and I’ve tracked down some of the best ways to get cheap cinema tickets in London. Use these tips and you will never pay full price for a ticket again!
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How to get the cheapest cinema tickets in London
Sign up as a Seat Filler
Seat fillers are able to see some of the newest movies for free, sometimes before the official release dates! There are also lots of opportunities to go to well known cinema screening events and pop ups for a fraction of the usual ticket prices.
Sign up as a London seat filler for free or reduced cinema tickets, as well as theatre, comedy and gig tickets, too.
NHS or Charity worker discount
Certain public sector workers can access the platform The Cinema Society to purchase reduced cinema tickets, and save up to 40%.
The Cinema Society also offer a price guarantee, so if your tickets are more expensive than they would have been to purchase at the box office, they will refund the difference, and add another 10% discount on top!
Club Lloyds account holder benefit
Club Lloyds current account customers can choose from one of four annual perks, which include 6 free cinema tickets to be used at either Vue or ODEON. The other perks include 12 months of Disney+, a coffee membership or an annual magazine subscription.
There is a £3 monthly fee to maintain the bank account, however this is waived each month that customers pay in £2,000 or more. There is currently a bonus of £150 for switching to Club Lloyds too, so could be worth investigating if you are looking to switch.
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An oldie but a goodie! When comparing and buying an insurance product (travel insurance or car insurance, for example) via Compare the Market, customers can choose from one whole year of either reduced cinema trips or discounted meals.
With Meerkat Movies you can claim 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday for a whole year; just download the app to claim your code each week.
Alternatively Meerkat Meals gives you discounts of up to 50% on takeaway pizza and selected restaurants.
Groupon, the coupon website which offer daily deals and products at reduced prices, often offer great ODEON ticket promotions.
The most common is 2 ODEON tickets for £11, or 5 tickets for £25. These offers can be great for families, and can work out reasonably. Equally, for regular cinema fans or those looking to see a range of films during awards season for example, this is a cheap way to bulk buy your tickets.
Keep an eye on the use by dates these tickets often have though and avoid getting bitten.
Tastecard is a discount membership offering cinema ticket discounts, as well as movie snack packages. Perfect if you cannot visit the cinema without a humongous tub of popcorn!
When purchasing a cinema offer via Tastecard you will receive an e-code, which can then be entered on cinema sites at the checkout to book your film of choice.
As well as reduced cinema offers, Tastecard offer tons of discounts for meals and attractions, including 25% off coffee, 50% off pizza and 241 at 1000’s of restaurants across the country.
Best of all, you can try a Tastecard 60 day trial for just £1 before choosing whether to continue with a subscription. Total bargain.
Cineworld have hosted their very own cinema celebration days, where you can bag tickets for just £3 per person!
The last ‘Cineworld Day’ took place on Saturday 26th February, and the IMAX Film Fest was celebrated on Saturday 22nd April 2023, with all tickets on sale for just £3!
I was able to experience my very first film in 4DX for just £3 at the Leicester Square venue, with full price tickets likely to set me back over £20. It was a memorable experience and even more intense than I imagined, so prepare yourself!
Watch out for the next Cineworld/IMAX festival dates, and be quick as there will likely be a rush for tickets!
Cinema monthly memberships
If you are a regular cinema goer, signing up to a cinema pass subscription could be good value.
The Cineworld Unlimited monthly membership costs as little as £10.99 per month (depending on the location), so if you tend to visit the cinema more than twice per month, it could be something to consider.
Also, with a Cineworld Unlimited membership you can refer a friend for a free month of movies, too. If there are multiple upcoming releases on your radar, and you know you’ll get your money’s worth, it could be good value.
Remember if you sign up to the Odeon membership, you can get cashback via Quidco too.
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Free outdoor cinemas
Finally, across London there are several free outdoor film screenings showing a range of cult classics and blockbusters.
Screen on the Canal at Coal Drop Yard, Kings Cross is just one example where you can watch a movie for free on the canal steps. They are running four screenings each day until 6th August, and the latest listings can be found here.
Cinema Experiences in London
If you are looking to splash out for a special occasion, there are some cinema experiences in London, but these aren’t the cheapest. However they are more of an experience – Luna Cinema, Backyard Cinema and Secret Cinema spring to mind. Another popular experience is the Cinema Cafe, an immersive viewing where guests eat the food from the movie!
Save money on your regular cinema trips and put aside some pennies for these screenings, as they are a treat perfect for movie lovers.
Cheapest Cinemas to visit in London
A few of the cheapest cinemas in London I’ve come across include:
- Vue Wood Green – The super saver tickets are £5.99. Check your local Vue, as many venues outside of London offer £4.99 tickets
- Peckamplex – £4.99 tickets all day
- Camden ODEON – £5 tickets for MyODEON members for all screenings
Always check the your local cinema for cheaper days during the week, as Monday’s seem to be popular for discounted tickets in London. Also prices before 5pm can sometimes be cheaper, so try to go earlier in the day if you can.
Cheap Cinema in London: Save on movie tickets
If you fancy a night at the movies, I hope these cheap cinema hacks help you to arrange your next trip without blowing the budget! Although London is known for being expensive, there are some reasonable prices available; you just need to do your research.
Let me know if I’ve missed any cinema ticket hacks below!
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