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Movies on the cheap: 30+ ways to save at theaters near you

614now Staff



Going to a movie with your loved ones is one of the greatest past times of the holiday season but these days, it can really bust the bank.

Here are some of the best ways to pinch pennies at theaters near you!

Regal Cinemas

  • Regal Crown Club allows you to earn points toward FREE tickets, popcorn and soda, as well as movie merchandise with every purchase. Plus 25% off candy every Monday and 50% off popcorn every Tuesday. Membership is FREE.
  • Download the Regal app for monthly digital coupon like “Get 15% off a Large Popcorn, a Large Soft Drink and Nacho combo when all three items are purchased in the same transaction”
  • Value Days could get you in to a new movie for as little as $5!
  • Regal Georgesville Square Stadium 16 offers $6.30 tickets all day on Tuesdays!
  • Regal Cinemas offers a FREE refill (during the same visit) on a large popcorn.
  • AARP members can save $3 on a small drink and small popcorn combo.
  • Matinee showings (before 4pm) are as low as $2!
  • Find more promotions here.


  • Discount Tuesdays
    • Tickets are $4.99 on Tuesdays at Cinemark Carriage Place at2570 Bethel Road, Columbus
    • Tickets are $5 on Tuesday at Cinemark Polaris at 1071 Gemini Place, Columbus
    • Tickets are $4.50 on Tuesday at Cinemark Stoneridge Plaza Movies 16 at 323 Stoneridge Lane, Gahanna
  • Join Movie Club today to get 20% off concessions and more great benefits! Learn more now.
  • Subscribe to the email for free weekly concession coupons, along with featured films, events, contests and special offers.
  • Early Bird: Special discount price for the first matinee showtime of the day that starts before 1 PM.
  • Special discount pricing for seniors. All day on theatre’s participating day, for any movie, at any showtime.
  • Show your student ID and save on movie tickets at participating Cinemark theatres
  • Show your valid U.S. government issued military ID and save on movie tickets at participating Cinemark theatres!
  • CineMode: An exclusive and interactive way to earn Cinemark rewards while being courteous during the show.
  • Find more discounts here.

Marcus Theatres

  • $5 Tuesdays at Marcus Theatres!
  • Marcus Theatres Sunday Passport will allow you to enjoy 4 movies for $20 on Sundays throughDecember 16, 2018.
    • Plus, you’ll enjoy a 20% concession discount when you present your passport at the concession stand
  • Holiday Classics: Celebrate the Holidays with these classic films for only $5!
  • Military Discount: All active military can see a movie for only $7.50 with valid ID.
  • Every Thursday, students of all ages & school faculty can enjoy blockbuster movies* for only $6 and a FREE 46oz popcorn. Simply show your school ID.
  • Senior Matinees: Come and enjoy a movie at any Marcus Theatres for only $6.00 for any show that starts before 5:30 PM.
  • Members of our Magical Movie Rewards Loyalty Program receive amazing benefits, and exclusive offers.
  • Find more specials here.


Gateway Film Center

Become a member to receive perks like unlimited movies, bottomless popcorn, restaurant Discounts ($5 Pizzas and $5 Torpedos in The Torpedo Room), advanced screenings, special member-only events.

  • Solo Membership: $29.95/month, 6 or 12 months of unlimited movies, unlimited popcorn, special member-only events and advanced screenings and restaurant discounts
  • Duet Membership: $44.95/month, includes unlimited movies, unlimited popcorn, special member-only events and advanced screenings and restaurant discounts
  • Student Membership: $24.95/month, includes unlimited movies, unlimited popcorn, special member-only events and advanced screenings and restaurant discounts
  • Learn more about memberships here.

AMC Theatres

  • A-list Membership: See Up to 3 Movies Every Week, waived online fees, FREE popcorn, and fountain drink size upgrades and more for just $19.95 (+tax)/month.
  • Premier Membership: Enjoy waived online fees, FREE popcorn and fountain drink size upgrades and more for just $15 (+tax)/year.
  • Insider Membership: Get a FREE refill on every large popcorn you purchase, $5 Ticket Tuesdays and more. Join for FREE.
  • Click here on more information on how to become a member.

Drexel Theater

The Drexel Theatre Membership program offers four levels of support and benefits.

  • Student with valid student ID: $40/year
    • $2 off student general admission* every time you visit the Drexel
    • Free small popcorn or small fountain drink (6/year)
    • Discounts for selected special events
  • Senior (55+): $55/year
    • $2 off senior general admission* every time you visit the Drexel
    • Free small popcorn or small fountain drink (12/year)
    • Discounts for selected special events
  •  Individual: $75/year
    • $2 off general admission* every time you visit the Drexel
    • Free small popcorn or small fountain drink (12/year)
    • Discounts for selected special events
    • Two guest passes per year
  • Household: $150/year – up to 4 named members
    • $2 off general admission* price for each member of the household every time you visit the Drexel (maximum of 4 people)
    • Free small popcorn or small fountain drink (24/year)
    • Discounts for selected special events
    • Four guest passes per year
    • Add-Ons – Additional individuals can be added to this membership level for $20/person
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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap




Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

See other flight options here.

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¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!




It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

Mike Thomas



With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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