How to See Free Advanced Movie Screenings

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Registered: 09-23-2010
How to See Free Advanced Movie Screenings
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Fri, 04-29-2011 - 1:41pm

Let's face it - the movie going experience is expensive lately. At my local theater, it's $12 for an adult ticket (after matinee). Add in popcorn or my personal favorite, nachos, along with a drink and you're well up above $20 for one person. Personal example: My son and I went to see Rio (matinee). It cost us $6 each to get in. I got him a large soda and a large popcorn. That was $13. I got myself a small soda - $4. Luckily he shared the popcorn. ;) But there is a way around spending all this money—advanced screenings for free!

Wise Bread offers up some great tips on how to score advanced screening tickets, along with some "ins and outs" of what to know about screenings ahead of time.

First up is finding tickets. The site suggests Gofobo (click on screenings once on the site, then enter your zip in the right column to search) and Film Metro. Some movies require an RSVP code (given out by radio stations, newspapers, etc.). For those you can head to RSVPCodes.

Now for what you need to know ahead of time:

Arrive Early
Wise Bread recommends a half hour. I've been to two screenings... I'd get there an hour early. Just because you have a ticket doesn't mean you'll get in and it's usually based on first come, first serve.

Limited Selection
Not all movies will be available, but for the most part, there should be some good ones

Limited Areas
Usually screenings are set in larger metro areas, so for those of you in small towns, you may have to travel (and then you have to weigh it against the rising gas prices... free movie vs gas). Even with living in the tri-state area, my "local" screenings are usually in NYC. Big hike for me and not worth the price of "free" when I have to pay gas and tolls.

While the whole 'system' isn't perfect and you may get bumped on occasion (if you're late or it fills up quickly) free is free. :) Enjoy!

How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free | Wise Bread

Got any tips of your own? Let us know!


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 05-31-2011 - 1:53pm

What great info; thanks for sharing! I'm passing this along to my son and daughter-in-law, who are both total movie buffs. They just had their third child, so saving money is a necessity!

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-01-2011
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 5:50am

I watch online movies screenings here and even I get movies from here. they have a large database and all the current buzz are updated quickly.

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Community Leader
Registered: 09-23-2010
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 9:32am

I'm not sure that site is legal, especially considering it's got Kung Fu Panda 2 on there. ;) Also, not a free site. (Kind of scary actually that you're paying to illegally download movies, et al.)

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 9:33am

Let me know if they go to any, I'd love to know if it works. When I wrote this there wasn't anything in my area, and unfortunately I'm so hot and uncomfortable from the baby that going to the movies and sitting in a movie theater chair does not sound so good. LOL