You can see discount movies at most Seattle area movie theaters for the first show of the day (around NOON), and at a few for matinees before 4PM. Discount movie times and prices vary by theater. Independent theaters, especially those in outlying neighborhoods are generally cheaper than theaters in densely populated areas or multiplexes in retail malls. There may be Service Fees added to the theater’s posted prices, particularly when purchasing tickets online in advancer. If available, IMAX, 3D and other formats beyond basic 2D digital are generally higher by a few bucks.
Below is a fairly comprehensive list* of Seattle movie theaters, including first run movie theaters, as well as second run and art film houses. Check this list anytime you’re in the mood to see something on the big screen and want to conserve your entertainment dollars while doing so.
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Seattle independent movie theaters
These locally owned independent movie theaters offer first run films, and may also screen foreign and independent films. Scroll down for second run theaters and art film houses.
To get discount movies or other perks from these independent theaters, you can visit their website and sign up for their newsletter and/or like their social media accounts.
- Kirkland’s independently owned Parkplace Cinema 6 closed in January 2016 ahead of the planned redevelopment of the shopping center as Kirkland Urban. Phase 1 of the complex is scheduled to open in the early part of 2018. The planned theater complex appears to be scheduled for Phase 2. A theater owner or completion date was not announced last time we checked (March 2018).
- Seattle/Ballard’s Majestic Bay Theatres at 2044 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107, offers bargain matinees prices of $10.50 before 4:00pm. The state-of-the-art triplex features comfortable high-back chairs with armrest cup holders, Dolby Digital Surround-EX for crystal-clear sound effects and dialogue, and freshly popped popcorn with real butter.
- Seattle/Downtown Cinerama is the quintessential movie experience featuring a state of the art digital projection, sound system, and 70-foot screen to provide the best visual and audio experience found on the planet, along with local brand concessions. It handles old-school movies like no other, with Cinerama 3-strip projection, and 35/70mm capabilities. The existing film projectors have all been kept intact. There are only three theaters in the world that can still show Cinerama movies, and they have the one and only that can show Super Cinerama. Last time we checked, there were no discounted tickets; they used to discount shows before 4pm by $2. Either way, it’s a cool place to see a movie when you want to splurge. FREE street parking after 8pm on most streets and all day on Sundays and holidays.
- Seattle/Downtown Big Picture is a plush 90-seat theater for 21+ only. They discount movie ticket prices on matinees before 4:45pm.
- Seattle IMAX at Pacific Science Center. IMAX is a motion picture film format with greater size and resolution than conventional film systems. The format is available on screens at various theaters and multiplexes, as well as at PSC at Seattle Center. PSC offers discount IMAX tickets to Members only.
- Seattle SIFF Cinemas is best known as host for the largest, most well attended film festival in the United States, the Seattle International Film Festival held every spring. The rest of the year, SIFF shows first-run feature films, independent films, and foreign films. Matinee prices before 4pm are $8/Discount Admission (regular $11). SIFF Festival tickets are higher; there is no discount. Member tickets are discounted $2 off regular admission and $5 off festival tickets. Annual membership begins at $55/person and includes ot only movie discounts, but free popcorn, special events, and more. Volunteers can get free admission to SIFF Festival and regular Cinema tickets, as well as discounted SIFF Membership. Locations: SIFF Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center in the Northwest Rooms, near Warren and Republican St, between Seattle Repertory Theater and Key Arena, and SIFF Egyptian on Capitol Hill, 805 E Pine Street, Seattle.
- South Seattle Ark Lodge Cinemas is a wonderful old-style neighborhood theater located in historic Columbia City at 4816 Rainier Avenue South (Google map). Movies before 4pm are discounted (8.75, regularly $11.75). Ark Lodge four screens show family-friendly animated films, action-packed blockbusters, and high-brow art-house films. The vintage building is state of the art with big screens and Dolby Digital 7.1 stereo surround sound available in every auditorium. Sign up online for the Ark Lodge Cinemas newsletter club and receive a coupon for a free small popcorn (with real butter!). Once month, they feature “Dark Lodge” and show a classic horror flick at regular prices; the party starts at 8PM and the movie follows at 8:30. Find free street parking nearby and include a visit to one of the many trendy restaurants or lounges before or after the show–some offering a discount when you show your same-day ticket.
- Far Away Entertainment (multiple locations) renovated (or built) old-style neighborhood theaters in locations around Puget Sound where multiplexes don’t exist. They discount movie ticket prices on matinees before 4:30 pm.
- Tacoma Grand Cinema is the South Sound’s nonprofit home for independent, foreign and local film. They screen first-run films 365 days per year, as well as host the Tacoma Film Festival and many other unique film programs and special events. They discount movie ticket prices on matinees before 4:45pm.
Seattle and Puget Sound Multiplexes
These are the nationally branded cinemas with multiplexes in cities and suburbs throughout the Puget Sound region. We also list the loyalty programs which get you discount movies beyond matinee prices.
- AMC Theatres has complexes throughout the Seattle area. Prices vary depending on location. In order by cheapest theater first, AMC complexes are located Eastside South Bellevue/Loews Factoria, North Seattle/Oak Tree, Seattle/University District (formerly Sundance Cinemas and Metro 10), South Seattle/Southcenter, Downtown/Pacific Place, and other locations farther out). AMC typically offers $7-$8 on movies before noon, $13-$14 before 3pm, and regular adult admission after 3pm (last time we checked was $14-$15). Other options for discount movies:
- AMC Stubs FREE loyalty program members get a FREE refill on large popcorn, Tuesday Ticket Savings (up to $2 off on full-price tickets for selected films), 20 loyalty points per $1 spent, and $5 off food and drinks for every 5,000 points earned.
- AMC Stubs PREMIERE program for $15 a year and gret FREE size upgrades on popcorn and fountain drinks, Tuesday Ticket Savings (up to $5 off on full-price tickets for selected films), 100 loyalty points per $1 spent, and $5 off food, drinks, OR TICKETS for every 5,000 points earned.
- AMC Stubs A-List for $21.95 a month let’s you see up to 3 movies every week in ANY format (Dolby Cinema®, IMAX®, RealD® 3D). You get the same benefits as PREMIERE program with the addition of seeing up to 3 movies per week. There is a 3-month minimum commitment and the program excludes IMAX VR ® and special events. (The price varies by state, but starts at $19.95. In Seattle it’s $21.95—still a great deal.) Premium events such as See-It-First events, Fathom events, marathons, and Metropolitan Opera are excluded.
- Cinemark Theaters has location in Bellevue at Lincoln Square, Federal Way, Tacoma and other locations farther out. Prices vary by location. Tuesday morning is Discount Day with the first movie before noon about $7, other days the matinee price is $9-$10 and full price is $12-$13. Other options for discount movies:
- Cinemark Connections FREE loyalty program earns points when you scan your smartphone Connections ID QR code when buying tickets and concessions. Redeem points for movie-related merchandise (such as posters, t-shirts, music downloads, etc.). Plus get access to promotional movie screenings, chances to win contests, advance notice of events, and other perks.
- Cinemark Movie Club costs $9 per month. No contract, cancel anytime. Your membership gets you one credit for one 2D adult ticket (any movie, any time). Unused credits roll over and never expire. Perks include the ability to buy two additional tickets each month for $9 each, reserved seats with no fees, savings of 20% on concessions by scanning your Cinemark ID at checkout, and points on concession purchases (redeem for goodies such as movie swag, digital downloads, and sweepstakes).
- Costco typically sells multi-packs of tickets for discount movies at the large theater complexes, with prices about the same as movie matinee prices. Search the Costco website for “movie tickets” to see what’s currently available.
- Fathom Events is owned by the nation’s three largest exhibitors – AMC, Cinemark and Regal Entertainment Group – hosting cinematic experiences that offer high quality, affordable entertainment events broadcast to the big screen. Audiences get the best seat in the house, in the comfort and convenience of their local movie theater, for live and pre-recorded concerts, world-class opera, sporting events, comedy acts, original programming featuring the biggest names in radio and television and more.
- iPic in Redmond offers luxury reserved theatre seating and options for dining. Tickets are $16, VIP service add $11. No matinee prices. Save on movie tickets by joining the iPic “Accesss” rewards “Gold” program for $29 per year. Other options for discount movies:
- iPic Membership Silver FREE rewards program gets you members-only special ticket pricing and their newsletter.
- iPic Membership GOLD for $29/year gets you members-only special ticket pricing, a free ticket on your birthday, plus Priority Access to advance ticket purchases on select films, advance screening events, member-exclusive events, and earns you points on purchases at iPic Theaters and restaurants.
- Regal Theaters offer discounts before 4:00PM. Shows are $11.50 (regular $14). IMAX/3D prices are higher. There are a dozen Regal Theaters in the Puget Sound region, including: North Seattle/Thornton Place, Downtown Seattle/Meridian 16, Tukwila/SouthCenter, Bellevue/Crossroads, Redmond/Bella Bottega, Issaquah (2 locations), Renton/The Landing, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Port Orchard and Poulsbo.) Other options for discount movies:
- Join the Regal Crown Club FREE loyalty program and earn credits when you purchase movie tickets and concessions at participating theaters. Redeem credits for movie tickets, concessions, and movie merchandise. Plus get other discounts, coupons, and special offers. Visit 6-20 times during the year and you get the CROWN JEWEL bonus program, which earns you bonus credits.
- SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS at Regal Theaters runs for 9 weeks with select G and PG movies playing indoors. Seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets are $1 and available exclusively at participating theatres’ box offices on the day of the show. For a list of theaters, movies, and screening times, visit: http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express.
Seattle second run theaters or art film houses
Some of these movie theaters offer discount movies on the big screen every day, often second-run films (first run films that will soon leave town for rental shelves at places such as RedBox or the public library). Some are also known for obscure independent and foreign films. Seattle is a hotbed for film production, so consider many of these worth much more than first-run discount movies or movies at any price.
- Seattle Central Cinema is Seattle’s only Dine-In Cinema in the Central District neighborhood at 21st & Union. Family friendly and all ages. They offer $2.00 off tickets advanced purchased tickets at least 24 Hours before the show: $8.80/advance general admission tickets, $10.80/day-of-show general admission. Sing-alongs, hecklevision, and other special shows will cost more. Central shows old classics, crazy cult movies, newer independents and foreign films. See great movies how they were meant to be seen, on a big screen, with big sound, in a room full of people, having a good time. Full menu is available at all shows with table service and comfy sofa seating. Gourmet Popcorn with Real Butter. Enjoy dessert & coffee or playing Scrabble before or after your show at Cafe Noir in the lobby, open 5-10pm every night of the week with happy hour prices from 5:30-6:30.
- Seattle Crest Cinema Center, where movies are always $4. A Landmark Theater, 16505 5th Avenue N.E. (at 165th Street), Shoreline. Crest shows an eclectic mix of programming at a discount price. Most films that play here are on their last stop before leaving Seattle area screens for good. So if you recently missed a first-run film on the big screen, this might be your last chance before considering Redbox.
- Seattle Grand Illusion regular tickets are $9; cash or checks only (no plastic). Buy a $30 membership, and get $4 off your ticket price for an entire year. Grand Illusion Cinema is a non-profit volunteer-run theater and Seattle’s oldest continuously running theater. You can see cinema classics, rarities and truly independent cinema from around the world, including lost and restored films. To volunteer, send email to mailto:http://email@example.com.
- Seattle Northwest Film Forum shows independently made and classic rare and underappreciated films. NWFF also offers filmmaking workshops, equipment rental, and supports filmmakers at all stages of their careers. Members get $5 discounts on regular film screenings (general admission $11), free refills on popcorn, discounts on special screenings and workshops, and other perks. Individual Membership is $50 (see 11 movies throughout the year, and it pays for itself) and dual Membership (good for 2 people at the same address) is $75 (see 9 movies throughout the year, and it pays for itself).
- Seattle Collide-O-Scope is a night of oddball video featuring nimbly edited montages of educational films, B-movie gems, lost Euro-disco classics, news bloopers, and indescribable visual delights – all presented with a healthy dose of camp sensibility and unbelievable PRIZE DRAWINGS! In addition to twice monthly(ish) 21+ only shows at Re-Bar (1114 Howell St, Seattle, WA 98101), they also present all ages programs at SIFF Cinema Egyptian, monthly screenings at Central Cinema, and other special screenings at venues around the Puget Sound region. For a schedule of upcoming screening, visit their website.
- Seattle Three Dollar Bill Cinema provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and their families, and a forum for LGBTQ filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences. TDBC curates themed screenings throughout the year and produce programs in partnership with other organizations in the Greater Seattle area. Their signature event is the Seattle Queer Film Festival eld every October. Every FIRST MONDAY at RE-BAR, 1114 Howell St. they host Cineoke, where you can sing along while the film and lyrics are projected onto the screen. Doors 6:30, show 7:00pm. Cover:$8 ($5 members).
- Tacoma Blue Mouse Theatre, 2611 North Proctor, Tacoma, WA 98407. One of the oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the country, Blue Mouse screens a mix of current and classic films. Mon & Tues Evenings and Sat & Sun Matinee’s, All Seats are $4. Tue-Sun evenings, adult prices are just $6.
Drive-in Theaters in the Puget Sound region
Most drive-ins show double features, which is like getting a 50% discount on big screen movies. Drive-in movie theaters need concession sales to stay in business. Please, no outside food or drink.
(Listed alphabetically by city.)
Bremerton Rodeo Drive-In. Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mid-March through the end of September…or so. Open 7 days a week from mid-May until Labor Day Weekend. Closed on July 4. Tickets: $9.75 for Adults, $6.75 for ages 12 and under, and Seniors 55+. Great value for a double feature. More info: http://www.rodeodrivein.com/
Oak Harbor Blue Fox Drive-In. Check their website to see what’s showing. Open 7 days a week. Tickets: Age 11+ $6.50 Cash/$7.00 Card. Children (5-10 $1.00 Cash/$1.50 Card. Children Under 5 Free. More info: https://www.bluefoxdrivein.com/
Port Townsend Wheel-In. Opens in April. Wednesday-Sunday. Tickets: $11 (or maybe $8.50, we’re not sure). More info: http://www.ptwheelinmotormovie.com/
Shelton Skyline Theater. Opens in March. Rain or shine. Open at 7pm, show at dusk. Most of the revenue for the Skyline comes from our concessions–please, no outside food or drink. It gets cold once the sun goes down, even in the summer time, so bring your own or buy Skyline blankets and sweatshirts in the snack bar. Tickets: General (12+): $8, Child (6-11): $3, Ages 5 and under are FREE. Card transactions have $0.50 transaction fee. More info: http://skylinedrive-in.com/
Seattle and Puget Sound libraries free movies
FREE is certainly the best discount movies you can get. Some libraries occasionally show free family or teen movies at branches throughout Puget Sound (no library card required). For library card holders, all local libraries offer a collection of free movies in every genre. Getting a library card is free; so visit your nearest branch and sign up.
- Seattle Public Libraries: search the Calendar for “movie” to get a list of upcoming films at branch libraries in Seattle that anyone can attend. If you have a Seattle library card, you can also checkout movies on DVD from their collection.
- King County Libraries: search the Calendar for “movie” to get a list of upcoming films at branch libraries around the county. If you have a KCLS library card you can download via Hoopla on their website or checkout movies on DVD from their collection.
- Pierce County Libraries: We didn’t find any recent movie showings at PCL. If you have a PCL library card, you can download via Hoopla on their website or checkout movies on DVD from their collection.
- Sno-Isle Libraries: We didn’t find any movie recent showings at Sno-Isle. If you have a Sno-Isle library card, you can download via Hoopla on their website or checkout movies on DVD from their collection.
Still more options for discount movies
Free Movie Documentaries in Seattle and around Puget Sound
Discount Movies with MoviePass
The MoviePass app is on its way out and is dead already in some markets. The app now rarely works (if ever), no movies are available for purchase, and it is impossible to reach any one in customer service. More info here:
Film Festivals and discount movie tickets
Oscar Academy Awards
Oscar Academy Award nominations are announce in January and air on television about one month later. There are usually screenings of the Best Picture nominees, short films, and other selected movies, often at a discount. So it can be a good time to catch up on anything you might have missed during the year, or see a favorite film again.
Free Summer Outdoor Movies
In summer, many organizations throughout the Puget Sound region screen popular films outdoors on the big screen. Visit our outdoor summer movie page (usually updated in May or June). Seattle outdoor movies typically start after July 4th, when summertime officially gets going. As anyone who’s lived here more than a few summers already knows, June can be cool and rainy. Seattle summer is said to be July to September. And October in a really good year.
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