National Cinema Day 2023: How to get discounted movie tickets

More than 3,000 theaters will offer discounted tickets, accounting for most cinemas in the US, including leading chains AMC and Regal.

NEW YORK — Still not seen “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer”? This Sunday, you’ll be able to buy tickets for $4 at cinemas nationwide.

Theater owners announced Monday that the second year National Film Day will be held on Sunday, August 27. For one day, all movies — in all formats and at all times — will cost $4 in participating theaters. More than 3,000 theaters are participating, accounting for most of the cinemas in the US, including leading chains AMC and Regal.

This is the second year in a row theaters have held a one-day event at the end of summer. Last year’s inaugural National Film Day, organized by the Cinema Foundation, a nonprofit organization of the National Association of Theater Owners, is considered a great success. An estimated 8.1 million moviegoers purchased $3 tickets on Saturday, September 3. The average movie ticket in 2022, according to NATO, costs $10.53.

The discount gimmick has become the highest-viewing day of the year for movie theaters. Instead, a period of normal quiet sees movie theaters packed with spectators — and theaters selling lots of popcorn. This year, the date will move up a bit on the calendar, move from Saturday to Sunday, and cost $1 more.

But thanks significant long-term interest in “Barbie,” as in “Oppenheimer,” August box office exploded. The summer box office amounted to $3.8 billion in ticket sales as of Sunday, according to data firm Comscore — about 16.6% before 2022 at the same time.

While last year’s Cinema Day had rather bland offerings ( “Top Gun: Maverick” is the top draw, more than two months after opening), this year there will be Barbie doll in its fifth week. by Greta Gerwig The record-breaking film earned $1.28 billion worldwide. There are also Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” ($717.8 million worldwide), second week of DC Comics “Green Bug” and new releases “Gran Turismo,” “Golda,” “Bottoms” and “Retribution.”

The event is also a way for studios to sell audiences to their fall lineup. Previews of the expected fall releases will play before each screening.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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