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£10 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 £10, including two drinks and popcorn.

Book online through mycineworld.com and join its free members club to get it for £10. Otherwise, you'll have to pay £11.10 if booked 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 £12.50.

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:

  • 12 Years a Slave - Thu 17 Apr
  • The Wolf of Wall Street - Thu 24 Apr
  • Non-stop - Thu 8 May

 

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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.

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Cineworld £1.35 films for kidsWith free myCineworld account. School holiday and weekend offer

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. 

Vue logo
Vue 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 (90p for phone bookings).

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

Odeon logo
Odeon 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.

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Orange/EE Wednesdays 2for1 ticketsPhone or broadband customers

till 24 Sep 2014

Orange and EE phone users can get 2for1 tickets at cinemas nationwide every Wednesday till 24 Sep 2014. 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, however these will still cost you 35p.

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

Broadband customers can get the offer too - see Orange / EE for more info.

MSE Anna says:

If you use a different mobile network, you can get a sneaky free Orange PAYG sim card, which you can pop in your unlocked handset whenever you want the offer.

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See new films for free with screening codesFree preview cinema tickets

UK-wide
Sign up to film preview websites and get screening codes to see selected new films for free. Enter the code it sends you on its website to see if your local cinema is participating. Sign up to sites such as Show Film First, and Disney Screenings.

Take a look at the Free Cinema Tickets forum and Free Cinema Tickets discussion threads, for codes and more info.
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Free tickets are given away to spread the word. Agencies are hired by studios to get people talking about new films, possibly with the hope that if you've seen a film for free you're more likely to give it good reviews. On occasion, they may request feedback via email or text message.

Only selected films have previews, and participating cinemas nationwide vary per showing, so there may not be any near you. Often there's more than one screening, with times/cinemas changing, so be quick to snag a seat!

The screenings are at less busy timeslots (so not weekend evenings), usually early on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

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Carers get 2for1 cinema tickets with a CEA cardBuy one, get one free for the person you care for

UK-wide
Carers and the person they care for can get 2for1 cinema tickets at 500+ cinemas nationwide with the CEA card. The card costs £5.50, and is valid for as many films as you like for one year. See 'More info' for how to apply for the card.
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The person being cared for must apply, and to be in be in receipt of either Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Armed Forces Independence Payment or be registered blind.

Fill out the CEA card application form and post it together with a passport-sized photo, proof of eligibility (examples given on application form) and £5.50 (cheque or postal order - no cash). Alternatively, pick up an application from participating national cinema chains.

It will take roughly three weeks to receive the card. Then you can check for your nearest participating cinema and simply show the CEA card at the box office when you go. The person in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or who is registered blind must buy one full price ticket, enabling their carer (who can be a parent, family member, friend, care worker etc.) to get in for free.

Cinema/Restaurant Combo Deals

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PizzaExpress 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 on till 24 Sep 2014. 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 Michael 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 but still want to get the offer, order a free Orange Sim card.

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 and piccolo menus.

Real Greek logo
Real Greek 50% off food with cinema ticketIncludes Orange Wednesdays

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.

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. If you're not an Orange or EE customer, pick up a free Sim card, to start getting the offer. The Real Greek says the offer is ongoing and that you don't need a voucher.
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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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