Last Updated On: October 5, 2017

For anyone who knows me, you probably knew this movie guide was going to happen eventually because I’m such a huge movie person. My husband, my friends and I go to the movies all the time. However, for anyone who frequently goes to the movie theater you know that it’s so pricey to see a movie. After tickets, drinks, snacks, you can easily spend $50 for two people.  If you go a few times a month like me, it can really add up. So, I wanted to create a guide to help you save money every time you go. I’ve listed the most popular theaters in Chicago and how you can save money with a few tips from each theater.

Chicago Showplace Icon Theatre

Location: Roosevelt Collection

Ticket price: $8 (before 4 pm weekdays) $10 (after 4 pm weeknights) $13 (weekends)

Tips to save you money

  • Sign up for the free Extras membership and enjoy discounts on tickets and concessions
  • Use the Extras app to avoid surcharges when you purchase tickets
  • Head to the movies on Tuesday nights because tickets are $6.50 all day long and it includes a free small popcorn for Extras members
  • You are able to get free refills on soft drinks, popcorn, and slushies with your Extras card
  • Also, enjoy weekly specials in their bar before your show
  • Head to the theater before 4 pm for $8 tickets and only $10 tickets on weekday nights

AMC Theatres

Location(s): Michigan Avenue, Block 37, River East

Ticket price: Michigan Avenue $12.50 (all day) Block 37 $14.78 (before 5 pm), $15.78 (after 5 pm) , River East $12.19 (before 5 pm), $17.90 (after 5 pm)

Tips to save you money

  • Sign up for free AMC Stubs and enjoy discounts on tickets and concessions
  • Or pay $15 a year for AMC Stubs premier membership and receive additional discounts on tickets and concessions (this is only worth signing up for if you frequent an AMC Theater)
  • On Tuesdays, you can save $2 on each ticket as an AMC Stub member and $5 on each ticket for an AMC Stubs premier member
  • As a Stubs member, you receive free refills on a large popcorn and free refills and size upgrades on soda and popcorn for a premier member
  • Stubs members receive 20 points towards concessions for every $1 spent, once you receive 5,000 points you will receive $5 towards concessions. As a premier member, you receive 100 points for every $1 spent and once you receive 5,000 points you can redeem your $5 on tickets and concessions.
  • Stubs premier members will also have no online ticket fees when you purchase your tickets before you go
  • If you can attend a screening before 5 pm on weekdays for a discounted ticket rate. You only save about $1.00 per ticket depending on what theatre and AMC on Michigan Avenue is definitely the less expensive of the three theatres in Chicago

Arclight Cinemas

LocationNew City

Ticket price: $14.75

Tips to save you money

  • Sign up for their Arclight Membership ($15 per year)
  • With membership, you receive $1 off each movie ticket purchased before you go plus online fees are waived
  • Always receive free upgrades on popcorn with membership
  • You get 10 points for each movie ticket, once you have 50 points you receive $5 off concessions including the cafè and coffee bar or save until you get 250 points for a free movie ticket
  • Once you reach Gold circle (12 visits) you will receive two complimentary tickets and also you might be surprised with extra free movie tickets in your account throughout the year
  • Arclight also has a happy hour on drinks at the bar Monday through Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm

Regal Cinemas

Location(s):North Stadium 14, Webster Place

Ticket price: North Stadium 14 $10.86 (before 4 pm) $13.67 (after 4 pm), Webster Place $11.98 (before 4 pm) $14.22 (after 4 pm)

Tips to save you money

  • Sign up for their free Regal Crown Club
  • The Regal Crown Club works on a credit style membership, the more you visit the more credits you get per ticket to redeem on movie tickets, concessions, and movie merchandise
  • Download their app on your phone to purchase tickets with no additional fees and receive monthly coupons on your app for more discounts
  • Head to the movies on Tuesdays for $6.99 movies tickets at Webster and $6.50 movie tickets at North Stadium 14 along with 50% off popcorn with your Regal membership
  • On Monday’s receive 50% off all candy with Regal membership

Landmark Theatres

Location: Century Centre Cinema

Ticket price: $10 (before 4 pm) $12.50 (after 4 pm)

Tips to save you money

  • This theater doesn’t have a membership so try to get to this theatre before 4 pm for $10 tickets
  • Their concessions are also less expensive than other theatre locations
  • Bring your movie ticket stubs (same day) to La Creperie and receive a free chocolate crepe

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The Brew & View

Location: 3145 N Sheffield Avenue

Ticket price: $5

Tips to save you money

  • $5 (cash only) tickets to most movies (although this theatre plays old movies)
  • Skip the pricey concessions and go to dinner after!

Davis Theater

Location: 4614 N Lincoln Avenue

Ticket price: $9 (before 4 pm) $12 (after 4 pm)

Tips to save you money

  • This theater doesn’t have a membership so try to get to this theatre before 4 pm for $9 tickets
  • Their concessions are also less expensive than other theatre locations

The Logan Theatre

Location: 2646 N Milwaukee Avenue

Ticket price: $6.50 (before 5 pm) $8.50

Tips to save you money

  • The Logan Theatre has a membership that is actually connected to any debit or credit card you use. You can sign up here, and for $200 you spend you receive a $10 credit to spend on tickets and concessions
  • Sign up and get $5 back and invite up to 5 friends to join to get $50 back
  • Tickets are a great price anytime, however, keep in mind this doesn’t have the same sound quality if that’s important to you, perfect for non-blockbuster type movies

Music Box Theatre

Location: 3733 N Southport Avenue

Ticket price: $15

Tips to save you money

  • Music Box Theatre does have a membership that is $50 per year or $80 per couple and is worth it if you are a lover of independent and small films, and it also supports the preserving of the theatre
  • Tickets are $7 for regular screenings and you receive a complimentary ticket with membership sign up
  • Invitations to free screenings
  • Discounts on bars drinks
  • Free refills on popcorn
  • 10% to 20% discounts to neighborhood restaurants

The New 400 Theaters

Location: 6746 N Sheridan Road

Ticket price: $6 (before 6 pm) $8.50 (after 6 pm)

Tips to save you money

  • This theater doesn’t have a membership but get to the theatre before 6 pm for $6 tickets
  • Their concessions are also less expensive than other theatre locations
  • Tickets are a great price anytime, however, keep in mind this doesn’t have the same sound quality if that’s important to you, perfect for non-blocker type movies
  • Enjoy different drinks specials every day
  • Tickets are only $5 all day Tuesday and $4 for students every Monday
  • $10 for one movie tickets and one concession ticket and see the latest new release on Thursdays
  • You can get $1 off your ticket when you show your receipt from Felice’s Kitchen or you ticket stub after for three free bombas
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