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frugal films: going to the cinema for less

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This last week, I’ve spent £16 on cinema tickets, and seen three films. I caught the new Transformers film at the weekend, in London and the tickets were £10. I saw two films at the local foreign language film club in the same evening, for a total of £6. The films were Spanish, and pretty recent and pretty good.

I’ve lived in this city for nearly 10 years and I had no idea there was a foreign language film club. It’s not very well advertised, and talking to a couple of regulars, it seems that they don’t get many people showing up. This makes me wonder what other kinds of frugal entertainment there might be that I hadn’t realised. Thing is, I’m not entirely sure what to look for, I know about museums and art galleries, but what other cheap or free entertainment could there be?

My experience with the film club suggests that a lot of these things aren’t all that well advertised and might need a little work to uncover. What kinds of frugal entertainment is there where you live? Maybe I can get some ideas that way. Let me know in the comments.

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7 comments for “frugal films: going to the cinema for less”

  1. I don’t know if it’s the same in other countries, but in Australia, it’s very easy to pick up double passes to particular movies on eBay. I wrote a post about it here actually: http://jing-wen.com/2007/09/05/saving-on-movie-tickets/

    Posted by Amanda | June 24, 2009, 12:25 am
  2. Of course, if you can brave the crowds and have a mobile phone with Orange, or a friend with one, you can take advantage of Orange Wednesdays, where you get 2 tickets for the price of 1.

    Posted by Rob Lewis | June 24, 2009, 7:49 am
  3. Or just download them online ;) No no just kidding, wait til they’re available to rent, it’s so much cheaper if you can stick on top of renting and not bringing them back late. A couple of independent retailers make it under half-price compared to a cinema ticket!

    Posted by Chris Roland | June 24, 2009, 3:39 pm
  4. How was Transformers 2? I’m usually good about watching movies for free or online, but I’m a sucker for blockbusters and will see them back to back weekends if they’re released one after another.

    Posted by CD Rates Guy | June 24, 2009, 11:29 pm
  5. I went to the Prince Charles cinema in London a few weeks ago to see Frost Vs Nixon. It’s long been known as a cheap cinema in the capital (it’s just off Leicester Square) but the tickets cost £10!

    Apparently it was because they were in the fancy new upstairs screening room. Tiny screen, but I must admit it’s a nice crowd who don’t talk, which is my personal bugbear about cinema trips, even more than the cost.

    Posted by Monevator | June 27, 2009, 2:39 pm
  6. I love foreign film venues. Such great films most people don’t see. Shame.

    I love free concerts/movies in the park. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy! And I love that its FREE!

    Posted by Money Funk | July 15, 2009, 3:31 pm

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