WORTH THE WAIT
Back in the '80s, some movie theaters started showing second-run movies for the discount price of a dollar a ticket. They became known as dollar theaters by folks who didn't mind waiting a month or two to see a movie for less. These days, dollar theaters may charge around $2 to $3, but that's still a steal compared to AMCs and Regal Theaters that charge up to $20 a ticket, more for 3D or IMAX movies. Here are 30 discount theaters across the U.S.
ELVIS CINEMAS┃DENVER, CO
At Elvis Cinemas, there are $4 evening shows and $3 matinees at all three Colorado locations (Arvada, Littleton, and Denver). Blockbuster movies in the rotation should appeal to the whole family, with a mix of superhero, horror,and animated family films. Sign up for their email newsletter to get a free small popcorn, and have your kid's next birthday party there for $15 a person for parties of 10 or more.
REGENCY ACADEMY┃PASADENA, CA
EDMOND TOWN HALL┃NEWTON, CO
APEX VILLAGE 8┃LOUISVILLE, KY
VENTURE CINEMAS┃DULUTH, GA
SUPER SAVER 8┃PHOENIX, AZ
REEL THEATER┃BOISE, ID
CINEMARK MOVIES 8┃INDIANAPOLIS, IN
DANBARRY DOLLAR SAVER┃DAYTON, OH
BEAR TOOTH THEATRE┃ANCHORAGE, AK
HORIZON SUN VALLEY┃GLEN BURNIE, MD
NEW HOPE CINEMA GRILL┃NEW HOPE, MN
Not only do ticket holders get movies for $2 at New Hope Cinema Grill, but they also get to enjoy a full bar and grill while watching Hollywood hits before they're on Netflix. The Cinema Grill also hosts stand-up comedy acts. Those tickets run $20, but past headliners have included name comedians like Hal Sparks. Check out special showings like their summer family-film series, too.
ALLEN PARK CINEMAS┃ALLEN PARK, MI
KELLER 8┃ST. LOUIS, MO
MANN HOPKINS 5┃HOPKINS, MN
RIVERVIEW THEATER┃MINNEAPOLIS, MN
WESTWOOD CINEMA 8┃OMAHA, NE
Westwood Cinema 8 is cash-only, so try to bring exact change for their $3.25 tickets after 4 p.m., though don't panic if you forget — the theater does have an ATM. Matinees are only $2.50 and Tuesdays are a $2 special all-day. With a mix of big studio and indie movies, the Westwood 8 is great for date night — especially the theaters that have rocker loveseats.