C OVER STORY Movies on the cheap
Find a deal via a loyalty scheme Six free tickets with Lloyds Bank If you open up a Club Lloyds current account, you will be able to choose six free tickets every year at either Vue or Cineworld.
You don’t need to switch to get this freebie, though you do need to transfer in £1,500 every month to avoid a £3 monthly fee. Simply set up a standing order to move the money in from your existing bank account and then another to move it back.
2-4-1 tickets buying cover via Compare the Market If you buy an eligible insurance policy via Compare the Market, you will get access to the Meerkat Movies app. This provides a code that gives you two-forone tickets at cinemas including Odeon, Cineworld and Vue. You get one code a week, and it can be used on either Tuesday or Wednesday. And you can get this by spending just £1.
The trick is to search for a UK travel insurance policy for one night and for one person. Don’t worry about any extras as you won't actually use the policy. This should come in at around £1 and your Meerkat Movies membership will be valid for a year.
Two Odeon tickets for £7 with MyVodafone A weekly offer on Vodafone’s loyalty app is two Odeon tickets for £7, bringing them in at a bargain £3.50 each.
If you’re not with the network but you live near a pricey Odeon, it could be worth picking up a free Vodafone pay-as-you-go SIM. You need to top it up by £10 every six weeks and you will need an unlocked handset. Yet go twice in that timeframe and tickets will still work out at £6 each.
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Are cinema memberships worth it? We’ve taken a look at the schemes offered by the major cinema chains. All have a 12-month minimum term. In the table opposite we’ve broken down the membership options, cost and price per ticket based on 52 visits and 24 visits.
The key to an annual membership is how often you visit the cinema. All the schemes will save you money if you are an avid filmgoer. The price per ticket works out at just over £4 at both Odeon and Cineworld if you’re seeing a film every week outside London.
But the fewer films you see, the more the price creeps up. Memberships become less competitive even if you go twice a month, with a seat working out at £9 or more with most chains.
You also need to be loyal to one chain. Not all cinemas show the films you want to see or screen them at times to suit you, which means you will pay for a ticket at a rival location.
Another factor to consider is competition. Big cities will have multiple cinemas in close proximity, and that means you’re likely to be able to use a special offer or even find a cut-price fleapit (though hopefully without any fleas).
There are a few ways to add some value to these memberships. Cineworld’s Unlimited membership has the most. It can be combined with Meerkat Movies, allowing you to bring a friend for free on Tuesday or Wednesday. You can exchange Tesco Clubcard points for triple value or if a friend refers you, then you both get an extra month for free.
Meanwhile, Curzon lets members bring a friend for free on Monday. And if you can avoid central London screens, you can also bring down the annual membership cost at Odeon, Cineworld, Picturehouse and Curzon.
Watch at home Thanks to streaming technology, it has never been easier or cheaper to watch films from your sofa.
For a start, you may be able to ditch your pricey Sky Cinema subscription. Unless you have haggled for a discount, you will be paying around £10 a month to add movies to your TV