Watching a movie in the cinema has always been an unique experience. Think big screens, comfy chairs, hot popcorns, choctops, exquisite sound system, special effects, everything looking bigger and closer to the heart, mind and soul taking a rollercoaster ride through a range of palpable feelings. For many, going to the movies is akin to a wonderful treat, a way to entertain oneself, catch-up with friends or simply spending a nice evening with the loved ones. However, over time movie ticket prices have sky-rocketed and nowadays a movie ticket will cost anywhere from $19-$21.
So how to gratify the desire for a nice movie night without making the wallet significantly lighter. The answer is movie clubs and special movie offers. Read on to find out how you can make significant savings on movie nights, anyday and everyday of the week.
Palace Cinemas has introduced a number of movie clubs to cater to the diverse needs of the audience. The biggest of the 4 movie clubs is the Palace Movie Club which costs $19 annually per person and is open to anyone between the ages of 18 years and 60 years. The benefits include $13.50 tickets, an admit one complimentary pass upon joining ore renewing and a birthday gift of an admit one complimentary pass. Complimentary tickets are issued at the box office upon furnishing them with your membership card. Membership can obtained via various avenues including at the box office, over the phone and via mail.
There is a Golden Club (valued at $13 annually) for the seniors, the Student club (valued at $13 annually) is dedicated to full-time students over the age of 18 and Scope Club (valued at $9 annually) is for the ones aged over 18 years. The benefits offered by these various clubs are largely similar to the benefits presented by the Movie Club. Familiarise with all the important details by going here. Palace Cinemas are dotted all over Melbourne.
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Reading Cinema has their own movie club for true movie buffs. Reading Reed Club membership bestows upon the member exclusive benefits such as a reel club movie of the week discount voucher, exclusive member-only competitions and advance ticket alerts. Additionally, one point can be earned for every dollar you spend on eligible items at the ticket box, candy bar or online and these points can be later redeemed for candy bars and tickets.
This free member club is open to all and can be registered with by picking up a Reel Club card from a Reading Cinemas location and activating it online. Reading Cinemas can be found in Chirnside Park, Dandenong, Epping, Melton, Sunbury and Waurn Ponds. Movie ticket prices are usually $11.50 on Tuesdays and concession and seniors options are available from $11.
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Cradled inside Pinewood Shopping Centre/Centreway, Mount Waverley, the Waverley Cinema is a movie lover's paradise with ticket prices start from $6. You can join their subscriber list by registering your email. The subscription will enable you to get regular newsletters which will keep privy to all the latest movies and special offers.
Special movie deals are available throughout the week while there is the option to win double passes to new and classics every week simply by inserting name and email address in their lucky dip. There is no fee for registering for any of these services. Visit the website for Waverley Cinemas to familiarise yourself with all their offerings.
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Astor Theatre has regaled Melburnians with exquisite movie experiences for over 30 years. Parched at the corner of Chapel Street and Dandenong Road, St Kilda, Astor Theatre offers all the classics and latest movies in a warm, cosy ambiance. Astor Theatre has special movie deals on all days of the week but my personal favourite is Wicked Wednesday when all movie tickets are valued at $10. There are special family tickets on sale costing $44 for two adults and two children, an additional child can be included for only $11. A book of ten Movie Tabs tickets can be purchased for $120, from the box-office. Learn more by going here.
A marked disadvantage is that tickets cannot be booked over the phone. Tickets need to be purchased from the ticket box at the theatre on the day you wish to attend, sale starts from one hour before the session start time. For some cherry-picked sessions, tickets can be purchased via the Trybooking link on their website. Just print out the Trybooking tickets and bring to the theatre on the day of the session. Have a look at the Friends of the Astor site to save this regal theatre from extinction.
Located at 380 Lygon Street, Carlton, Cinema Nova is another delightful destination for great movie experience in a budget. Cinema Nova has the Nova Privilege Club which allows movie buffs to enjoy a wide array of benefits. The extensive list of benefits include: $11 entry for members to opening day sessions (Thursday) of every new film, $16 admission for Saturday night sessions after 5pm, $15 admission to all other sessions of any film ($17 for 3D movies), special member screening invitations, concession prices for film festivals, special events and opening night functions and so forth. Membership is valid for 12 months, single membership cost $13 and Double Membership cost $25. Learn more by going here.
While at Cinema Nova you can consider opting for Nova Deluxe which offers single course dining with a movie admission for $39 each while a three course dining with a movie admission will set you back $59. Nova Deluxe is served from Friday to Sunday evenings with selected movies. A decadent High Tea is served with selected movies on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at $39 per person. Find more nuggets of information by going here.
A discussion of movie clubs will be incomplete without Hoyts Cinemas Movie Clubs. Hoyts has the Insider Club and the Hoyts Rewards Club. Membership is free for the Insider Club which offers $12 movie tickets every week to selected movies and sometimes offers advanced screening of upcoming films. The Rewards Club membership is valued at $10 and the benefits include a free movie ticket for joining, regular emails containing special deals and offers. Other perks include the movie of the week which goes on sale for $10 throughout the week. Further, you earn one point on your Rewards card for every dollar spent and can redeem those points at the candy bar or for movie tickets. Find more information by visiting this website.
Membership to both the clubs can be acquired online and at the ticket box. Entertainment book offers 2 Hoyts tickets for $25 and sometimes runs promotions of $8 Hoyts movie tickets. Hoyts also sells $12 tickets in books of two, four or ten which are often family and children pass combinations. A major drawback of the usual special deals is the fact that most of these offers are not valid on weekends or after 5pm on Saturdays. Read the fine prints before springing into the offers. Follow them on Facebook to partake in regular competitions with the grand prize being free double passes to the latest movies.