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Last updated: 15 Jul 2014
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Odeon logoOdeon cinema tix: two for £10 or five for £20*Via daily deals site. Usually up to £16/ticket, multiple visits allowed

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Get two Odeon cinema tickets for £10, or five for £20, online at Groupon*. Better still, you don't have to use them in one go and they can be used by different people. The vouchers are valid on 2D and 3D showings at almost every UK cinema, though some films are excluded. 

How long do I have to buy them? The offer ends at 11:59pm on Fri 7 Nov, or earlier if the vouchers sell out. We got in touch with Groupon on Tue 28 Oct and it said 154,900 two-ticket vouchers were left (originally 170,656) and 51,000 five-ticket vouchers were left (originally 70,000). 

How long do I have to use them? The vouchers expire on Fri 19 Dec. This is the same end date as the Odeon deal Groupon ran last month, so it's worth noting you'll have less time to use the vouchers this time around. They can be used on multiple visits, so if you buy the five-ticket voucher, you can use it on five separate cinema visits before then.

You can't book ahead. They aren't valid for online or advance bookings, you'll have to go to the cinema box office on the day of the film to use them. It's worth calling ahead to check availability if you want to see a particular showing.

Where can they be used? They're valid at all 100+ UK cinemas, apart from these London branches: Leicester Square, The Lounge at Whiteleys and BFI IMAX. The offer also excludes any other IMAX screenings.

Are any films excluded? Yes, showings before Fri 21 Nov of Interstellar, showings before Fri 5 Dec of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and all showings of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

How do you get it? Go via this Groupon* link and purchase the voucher. You'll then need to redeem the code that appears on your Groupon voucher on this page to receive your Odeon voucher codes by email. You can either print them or show them on your phone at the box office.

Before you buy, is it worth it for you? 

A full-price box office ticket can cost £4-£16 depending on location and whether it’s for an adult or child. As this offer gets tickets for £4-£5, it's only worth getting if you usually pay more than that.

So before buying this deal, check prices at your local cinema. Certainly in London's West End branch you can save up to £22 for two adult tickets as they're usually £16 each. If you're visiting the West Bromwich branch however, you could get an adult ticket for as little as £5 so there wouldn't be much of a saving.

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Seats are subject to availability. The deal can't be used with any other offer or discount voucher (including Orange Wednesday, Tesco, Times, The Sun Perks, Movies in the Morning and Odeon Premier Club Film Fan Monday), or with Odeon points. 

The offer includes Newbies screenings, but excludes premier seats, D-Box seats, Gallery performances, The Lounge performances, IMAX, BFI IMAX, iSense, family tickets, Odeon Silver Screen, Odeon Kids, Odeon Plus, premieres, special events and events which are not usually open to the public. 

Also excludes these extras:

  • - 3D glasses
  • - Gift cards and vouchers
  • - Odeon Premiere Club cards
  • - Food & drink
  • - Merchandise

 

The tickets must be for personal use only - so the vouchers can't be used on school bookings, corporate or private hire, or third party bulk ticket bookings. 

Sweet Sundays logo'Free' cinema ticket with £8 worth of sweetsLook out for special packs of Revels, M&Ms, Maltesers & more

Sundays

You can get a 'free' cinema ticket valid on Sundays at participating cinemas - which include Cineworld - when you buy four big bags of promotional chocolates before 19 Nov 2014. The share bags include Galaxy Counters, Revels, M&Ms, Maltesers, Minstrels, Twix, Mars Mix, Galaxy Bites and Magic Stars. They must have the Sweet Sundays promotion on them.

The promotional bags are £2 at Tesco, so you're effectively buying your cinema snacks for £8 and getting your ticket, which can cost up to £10, for 'free'. 

Once you have all four promo packs of sweets, follow these steps:

  1. Find the codes inside the bags (they're at the bottom).
  2. Register online at Sweet Sundays and enter the codes.
  3. Find your nearest participating cinema (Cineworld, Showcase, Apollo and Movie House).
  4. You'll be sent a voucher via SMS, email or post. Cineworld cinemas are only able to send vouchers by email or text. If you pick a Cineworld, you can book your tickets in advance, but if you choose to go to any of the others, you can only go on the day.
MSE Charlotte says:

As I like to go the extra mile at work, I went in our local Tesco pick up a bag (or four) of chocolates to try this out. Be warned, the bags were mixed in with non-promotional packs - so really keep an eye out.

It's also useful to know you can get two tickets per Sweet Sundays account, so unless you're going to the movies solo it's probably worth picking up eight packs so two of you can go - although after eight bags of sweets, you'd probably feel too sick to enjoy the film.

More info

Valid on 2D screenings on Sundays only. Max two free cinema tickets per person. Tickets must be used by 17 Dec 2014. 13+ only. Excludes premieres, 3D films, previews and premium seats. Can't be used with any other offer.

Cineworld logoCineworld £1.35/£1.50 films for kidsWith free myCineworld account. School holidays and weekends

Mornings

Keep your nippers (and yourself) amused on weekend and school holiday mornings with Movies For Juniors kids’ films at Cineworld. It’s £1.35 per showing, per person (if booked online with a myCineworld account, or £1.50 if bought at cinema box office) for both adults and sprogs. 

What is myCineworld?  

myCineworld is a free online account that gives you access to Cineworld deals (including 10% off online bookings), forthcoming offers, faster booking and a newsletter (if you opt in). To get it, simply register online. It’s totally free. 

3D films are more expensive though - £2.70 per person (if booked online with myCineworld, or £3 if bought at the cinema). Remember the glasses aren’t included, so unless you have some already, it’s £1 each on top of the ticket.

It’s available on selected films only and will vary per cinema. See website for current listings.

MSE Anna says:

Although the films on offer aren’t the latest movies, kids’ tickets usually cost upwards of £7, so this is a decent saving. See full listings and cinema details for more info.

We looked at the other major cinemas and found this deal to be cheapest out there for kids - see Cheap Cinema Tickets for Vue and Odeon offers.

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Adults can't get this offer unless they are accompanied by a child. A child is classified as aged 14 or under, though films are aimed at under eight audiences. 

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Vue logoVue Cinema weekend/school holiday £1.75 ticketsWeekend & school holiday mornings

Kids' deal
Children aged 2-12 can get tickets from £1.75 with the Kids AM offer on selected weekend and school holiday morning movies. What's more, accompanying adults get in from £1.75 too. 3D films are from £3. You can buy tickets on the day, but seats can sell out, so go early if possible. To be safe, book online or over the phone, though you'll pay a 75p booking fee each (90p for phone bookings).

Offer is available at selected cinemas only. See website for more info.

Odeon logoOdeon kids' screenings for £2.50Weekend & school holiday offer

Kids' deal
On weekends and holiday mornings, for selected films, adult and kids' tickets at Odeon cinemas are £2.50. The only exceptions are the following cinemas; Worcester and Dorchester tickets are £1, Dundee, Bristol and Belfast £1.50, Weston-Super-Mare £2, Dunfermline and Muswell Hill, London £3.

You can either just turn up at the cinema on the day and trust there'll be seats available. Or you can book by phone or online (website or app) - though you'll pay 50p booking fee per ticket and debit and credit cards carry a 21p fee.

Showings vary between cinemas. See website for full listings.
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Screenings are obviously aimed at a younger audience (kids are classed as 12 and under), so you won't find anything above PG certificate.

Orange/EE logoOrange/EE Wednesdays 2for1 ticketsPLUS tips to get the most out of the code

Ongoing offer

Orange and EE phone users can get 2for1 tickets at cinemas nationwide every Wednesday. Simply text FILM to 241 from your phone and it'll send you a code. Texts cost 35p.

You can call 241 or use your network's app (Orange app / EE app) instead to get the code, but you’ll still be charged 35p.

See the Orange or EE websites for participating cinemas (the same cinemas are listed on both sites). Once you receive the code, show it to cinema staff to get your 2for1. 

Broadband customers can get the offer too - see the links above for more info. 

Tips and tricks to get the most out of the code

Are you on a different network?

You can get a sneaky free Orange PAYG Sim card, which you can pop in your unlocked handset whenever you want the offer. Read the tips & tricks guide for a full how-to.

Order online and save 10% at Cineworld cinemas

You can book online with the code at Cineworld cinemas, saving an extra 10% on the ticket you pay for. You can only book on the Wednesday you want to go though. All you need to do is enter the code online in the special field added to the booking page every Wednesday.

The booking process will require you to set up a myCineworld account - it's free, but means you will be sent offers and info (so opt out if you wish). See the Cineworld site for full details.

Have you got a Cineworld Unlimited card?

If you have a Cineworld Unlimited card (pay from £16.40 a month for unlimited films) you can get a pal in free each time you go on a Wednesday. Simply show your code and the card. Check out our tips & tricks guide for full details.

PizzaExpress 2for1

Make a night of it and use the same code to get 2for1 mains and dough balls at most PizzaExpress restaurants. Although it runs deals regularly, this is usually the best deal out there. 

More info

Valid for standard tickets only. You may be able to pay a supplement for the following but check with your local cinema: premium seating, 3D screenings, Imax, VIP seats, premium seats, Gold Class, Extreme Screen and other premium offers.

It excludes premieres and private screenings. You can’t use the code on advance bookings. Code can only be used once per week, and can’t be used with any other offer. The 2for1 is only valid if both people are watching the same film. 

T-Mobile customers can't get this offer.

Cineworld logo£11 for two cinema tix, popcorn and soft drinksWatch a new popular film every Thursday. Book online

Ongoing

At almost every Cineworld, you can get its Take 2 Offer, which means you and a friend can see popular films with the full cinematic experience for £11 all-in, including two drinks and popcorn.

Book online through mycineworld.com and join its free members club to get the deal for £11. Otherwise, you'll have to pay £12.10 if booking in a cinema (or online without joining its free members club).

These tickets go quick, so it's best to book in advance.

With tickets usually £8-£10, two small drinks £3 each and a regular popcorn to share for £6.50, you could save up to £10.50.

The only downside is you can't pick which film to watch. And you must go on a Thursday. Here's what's coming up

More info

Available in all cinemas nationwide except Haymarket and Chelsea in central London, Queens Links in Aberdeen and The Screening Rooms in Cheltenham. You can't use your Unlimited Card with this offer.

Cinema/Restaurant Combo Deals

PizzaExpress logoPizzaExpress 2for1 for Orange/EE customersUse Wednesday cinema code

Wednesdays

Orange/EE customers can get 2for1 on both mains and dough balls at most PizzaExpress restaurants every Wednesday by texting FILM to 241 (costs 35p) and using the Orange/EE Wednesdays cinema code. You can also get the code by calling 241 or using the app - although these cost 35p also.

The offer's ongoing. It's valid on takeaway orders too, either show the code on your phone or mention it when ordering over the phone (excludes online orders).

MSE Anna says:

You can also get the offer if you're a broadband or mobile broadband customer, see Orange Wednesdays/EE Wednesdays for more info. Or, if you're not a customer, order a free Orange Sim card and check out our step-by-step guide.

More info

One code per customer and the cheapest main will be free. Excludes Dean St London Jazz club. You won't be able to get takeaway at Great Portland Street in London, St Ives, or Jesmond in Newcastle.

Can't be used with any other offer or set menu, including Tesco restaurant tokens, Piccolo menu or Express lunch menu.

Real Greek logoReal Greek 50% off food with cinema ticketEvery Wednesday

Wednesdays
Present a cinema ticket at The Real Greek on Wednesdays and get 50% off food. The offer's valid with a ticket from any cinema, or you can show your booking confirmation on your smartphone, but it must be from that day. The Real Greek says the offer is ongoing and that you don't need a voucher.

One ticket's needed per person, so to get the max value out of this, use the 2for1 cinema tix offer from Orange Wednesdays/EE Wednesdays.
MSE Anna says:

If you're not an Orange or EE customer, pick up an Orange free Sim card, to start getting the offer and check out our guide.

More info
Not valid with on the lunch menu or with meal deals and can't be used with any other offer. Dine-in only.
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