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How to Get Cheap Cinema Tickets

How to get cheap cinema tickets in London

Where to find great value cinema tickets in the capital

By Time Out Film
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Depending on which day of the week you want to see a movie, many of London’s independent cinemas and multiplex chains offer special deals. Most discounts are frontloaded at the beginning of the week, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. If your local has a great deal, let us know in the comments box below and we’ll add to the list.

Cheap cinema tickets on Monday

Rio Cinema
Alastair Wiper

Rio Cinema

Cinemas Independent Dalston

£7 (seniors £5, members £6)

The brilliant Rio in Dalston is a proper community cinema for locals and makes a point of being accessible. That means Bargain Mondays, with tickets at £7 (seniors: £5, members: £6). 

Picturehouse Cinemas

Crouch End, East Dulwich, the Gate, Greenwich, Hackney and the Rizty in Brixton. £7 (£5 members)

The Picturehouse chain has utterly transformed what Londoners expect from the cinema, with its comfy-chairs-and-nice-glass-of-wine approach. They are not the cheapest cinemas in town. But on Mondays, most of them offer a Happy Mondays deal, with tickets at £7 (members £5). For Clapham, see Tuesday.

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Picturehouse Central

Cinemas Independent Piccadilly Circus

Shaftesbury Avenue, £13 (members £10)

Yes, it’s over a tenner, but if you’re in town on a Monday looking for a reasonably priced cinema, the Picturehouse Central has a Happy Mondays deal, with tickets at £13 (£10 members). Which is not too shabby for the West End’s plushest cinema. 

ArtHouse Crouch End

Cinemas Independent Crouch End and Hornsey

Crouch End £5, £7

Voted London’s best cinema by Time Out readers in 2014, Crouch End’s indie ArtHouse, housed in a former Salvation Army Hall, offers a Monday deal. Tickets are £7 all day (seniors £5).

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Genesis

Cinemas Independent Stepney

Whitechapel, £4.50

Not only has the Genesis been updated into a retro-lovely cinema, it also has some of London’s best priced tickets. Mondays and Wednesdays are especially good value at £4.50. 

Barbican Cinema

Cinemas Barbican

Moorgate, £6

Going to the Barbican is always a treat. And on Mondays it’s a cheap treat with Monday Madness tickets at £6.  

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Ciné Lumière

Cinemas Independent South Kensington

Kensington, £7

The Ciné Lumière is the home of French film in London. Located in L’Institut Français in Kensington, it shows a mix of arthouse and foreign movies – with a special focus on French films, naturellement. Tickets on Mondays are £7. 

Lexi Cinema

Cinemas Independent Kensal Rise

Kensal Rise, £7 (members £5

The Lexi is one of the friendliest places in London to watch a movie, a tiny community-run cinema where all the profits go to charity. Mondays is the regular cheap night, with tickets priced at £7 (£5 for members).

Cheap cinema tickets on Tuesday

Rio Cinema
Alastair Wiper

Rio Cinema

Cinemas Independent Dalston

Dalston, £5 (with a Hackney library card)

If you’re a Hackney local and you’re a member of the library, tickets on Tuesday at the Rio are a bargainous £5 (valid with your library card). 

Empire Walthamstow

Cinemas Walthamstow

Walthamstow, £3.95, £5.45

Tickets at the Walthamstow Empire are already pretty good value (a standard adult seat is £8). But Tuesdays get super cheap, with SAV£RDAY tickets at £3.95 (2D films) and £5.45 (3D).

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Vue Islington

Vue cinemas

Up to a third off tickets in Vue cinemas around London

If you don’t mind signing up as a member on the Vue chain’s website (here) you can access the Super Tuesday deal, which discounts tickets by up to a third in all its London cinemas on Tuesdays. 

Clapham Picturehouse

Cinemas Independent Clapham

Clapham £7 (members £5)

Most cinemas in the Picturehouse chain discount on Monday nights. The Clapham Picturehouse is the exception with its Happy Tuesday deal. Tickets are £7 (£5 for members).  

Cheap cinema tickets on Wednesday

Picturehouse Central

Cinemas Independent Piccadilly Circus

Shaftesbury Avenue, £13 (members £10)

In addition to its Happy Mondays deal, the Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly reduces tickets on Wednesdays: £13 (£10 members, who also get access to the rooftop bar).

Genesis Cinema

Cinemas Independent Stepney

Whitechapel, £4.50

Just about a perfect local, the Genesis in Whitechapel reduces ticket prices on Mondays and Wednesdays to £4.50.

                                                                                    

Cheap cinema tickets on Sunday

Lexi Cinema

Cinemas Independent Kensal Rise

Kensal Rise, £2.50

Once a month on a Sunday, the lovely Lexi in Kensal Rise drops its ticket price to £2.50 (down from £11.50) for the 5pm screening. (Usually it’s the second Sunday, but check their website). The event is called Greene Sundays – it’s sponsored by a local estate agent. Tickets sell out fast, so book ahead. 

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