Seattle discount movie tickets are available at many Seattle movie theaters for the first show of the day around NOON, and a few for all matinees before 4PM. Discount movie times and prices vary by theater. Older or more out-of-the way theaters (see list below) are generally cheaper than multiplexes in densely populated retail areas. There may be Service Fees added to the theater’s posted prices. If available, IMAX, 3D and other formats beyond basic 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 conserve your entertainment dollars while doing so.
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Seattle independent movie theaters
(offering first run, foreign, as well as independent films)
- 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.
- 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/University District Sundance Cinemas Seattle is located at 4500 9th Avenue NE (formerly Metro 10). All Seats for All Shows are 21+ only. Seating is in plush and you can watch a movie while you enjoy cocktails, beer, or wine, and snacks. The cheapest seats are always the first matinee of the day. All drinks and food are designed to be enjoyed at your seat during the show. All seats for all shows are reserved. Purchase tickets in advance online (print at home), at kiosks in the theater, or at the box office. Cinemas adds an Amenity Fee to all tickets; the range is from zero (no charge) for the first matinee show Monday through Thursday, on up to $3.25 per ticket for evening shows on Friday and Saturday nights. The Amenity Fee covers the costs of being “green”, customer services such as reserved seating, and because there is no screen advertising. Discounted and FREE parking is available. Check their website for details. Join the FREE Sundance Partners Loyalty Program to earn point towards free movie tickets.
- 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
- 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, 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.)
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
Seattle art film houses or second run theaters
- 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 is one of the very oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the country. Mon & Tues Evenings and Sat & Sun Matinee’s, All Seats are $4. Tue-Sun evenings, adult prices are just $6.
Seattle and Puget Sound libraries
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.
- 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.
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