Cinema on a Budget

Sometimes it’s fun to see a movie at the cinema and not have to pay a buttload of money for your ticket. Check out this list of local theaters that offer cheap or discounted tickets! In order based on location.
Central Cinema (Capitol Hill/Central District) — $7 tickets if bought more than 24 hours in advance, $9 at the door. They also feature 99-cent showings during the week. Happy hour prices from 5:30-6:30.
Three Dollar Bill Cinema (Capitol Hill/Various) — Offer viewings at various venues. Signature event is the Seattle Queer Film Festival held every October. Every first Monday at Re-Bar they host “Cineoke” where you can sing along. $8 – Doors open at 6:30, show 7pm.
Big Picture (Belltown) — 21+ – $10.50 matinee (before 4:45) & happy hour tickets (Mon-Thurs shows before 6:30 – Drink specials too!). $18 “Bagels & Bloodys Sunday” screening (includes 1 movie ticket, bagels & cream cheese, plus a choice of a Bloody Mary, Mimosa or beer.  
SIFF Cinemas (Lower Queen Anne) — offer $8 matinee tickets (before 4pm). If you plan on seeing lots of movies there they also have an annual membership ($55) that includes movie discounts, free popcorn, special events, and more.
Majestic Bay Theaters (Ballard) – Matinee prices for $10.50 before 4pm
Sundance Cinemas (U-district) — All shows 21+ – Cheapest tickets are always the first matinee of the day, plus free or discounted parking. You can also join their (free) Sundance Partners Loyalty Program to earn points toward tickets.
Grand Illusion (U-District) — $9 tickets (cash or check only) . You can also buy a $30 membership and get $4 off your ticket price for a year.
Varsity Theatre (U-District) — Matinee (before 5pm) tickets for $8.50, students with valid UW ID (maybe Cornish too??) tickets for $8, Senior tickets $8.50 & Senior Tuesday $6.75.
The Crest (Shoreline) — $4 weekday tickets
Ark Lodge Cinemas (Columbia City) – $8.75 for all movies before 4pm. Some nearby restaurants/lounges offer a discount when you show your same-day ticket.
Federal Way Gateway Movies 8 (Federal Way) — $2 tickets, $1 on Tuesdays. Extra $2 for 3D films.
Blue Mouse Theatre (Tacoma) — Tickets range $3-5
The Edmonds Theater (Edmonds) — $8 tickets or $6 for shows before 5pm
During the summer, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings Regal Theaters feature $1 G and PG movies.
Lots of theaters offer cheaper tickets during the daytime (matinee) showings. Each theater is different, but it’s worth looking into if you’re looking for a cheaper ticket.

Good luck & enjoy!

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