How You Can Save Money on Movie Tickets
May 25, 2007 (KABC-TV) (KABC) -- The summer movie season is in full swing.
And if you want to see pirates, ogres, wizards, or super action heroes on the big screen, get out your wallet.
With the exception of matinees, almost all movie theatres in Southern California charge $10 dollars for admission, add in popcorn and drinks, and a family of four could easily spend $70 to see a movie.
If you're a member of the Auto Club of Southern California you can order tickets online for less.
AAA sells tickets to Regal, United Artists and Edwards Theatres for $6 each, if you buy ten tickets or more.
But beware of restrictions, you usually can't use these tickets for the first 12 days of new releases.
At Costco, five tickets with no restrictions sell for $37.50, or $7.50 each, about a 25 percent savings off full price.
Sam's Club members can purchase four tickets to Century Theatres for $26.76.
At the Century 20 Theatres in Huntington Beach, you'll pay full price of $41 dollars for four tickets to a weekend show.
That's a savings of more than $14 or 35-percent.
Many local companies, non-profit organizations, churches, and schools sell group activity tickets at heavily discounted prices, and by state law, the tickets never expire.
An even better deal than discounted tickets, how about getting into the movies for free?
At many theatres across Southern California, you can get in absolutely free.
At selected AMC theatres every Wednesday at 10 a.m. from late June to mid-August, it's AMC's Summer Movie Camp.
Kid friendly movies like "Happy Feet" are free.
"Kid Series" at Krikorian theatres offers a series of family films this summer for free or for $1, depending on the location.
Regal, Edwards and UA Theatres offer selected free G and PG movies at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during its summer Free Family Film Festival.
Laemmle Theatres has an ongoing promotion, but you have to register online.
Members of the Sneak Preview Club receive periodic e-mails for a free screening at a Laemmle Theatre.
But, it's first come, first-served, so it pays to respond by e-mail right away.
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