National Cinema Day: how to buy £3 tickets at UK cinemas including Vue, Odeon and Cineworld

Cinemas across the UK are selling £3 tickets for National Cinema Day (Kris Luhares/Unsplash)
Cinemas across the UK are selling £3 tickets for National Cinema Day (Kris Luhares/Unsplash)

To celebrate National Cinema Day, cinemas across the UK are selling tickets for £3.

Many people are having to to cut back on luxuries because of the cost of living crisis and the price of a trip to the cinema – after buying tickets, popcorn and ice cream for the whole family quickly adds up. National Cinema Day is a chance to see the latest films for less, including movies like Nope, Elvis, Beast and Minions: the Rise of Gru.

Find out below which cinemas are participating and how you can get a ticket for £3.

What is National Cinema Day?

National Cinema Day was developed by the cross-industry body Cinema First with support from the Film Distributors’ Association and the UK Cinema Association.

Iain Jacob, chair of Cinema First, said: “There seems no better time than now to celebrate UK cinema-going, one of the nation’s favourite out-of-home leisure activities. Coming off the back of a very strong summer for the sector and looking forward to further film highlights over the rest of the year, we wanted to give everyone a chance to enjoy the big screen experience with the film of their choice.

“While all the evidence confirms that cinema-going is amongst the most affordable and best value-for-money leisure opportunities, we also of course recognise the impacts of the current cost of living challenges facing many households and wanted to do our bit to make a trip to the cinema even more affordable.

“I am hugely grateful for the level of support shown by colleagues across the industry for National Cinema Day, which we very much hope could become a key annual event.”

When is National Cinema Day?

National Cinema Day takes place on Saturday September 3, 2022.

Which cinemas are taking part in National Cinema Day?

More than 550 venues across the UK are taking part, including chains such as Vue, Odeon, Showcase, Cineworld, Picturehouse and Empire.

Additionally, many independent cinemas are part of the initiative, so check with your local cinema to find out if they’re selling £3 tickets on Saturday.

You can also find a list of cinemas taking part on the National Cinema Day website.

How to buy £3 tickets on National Cinema Day

To buy a ticket for Saturday, simply head to your local cinema’s website and book tickets as you would normally – except the price will be £3. Be aware that some cinemas will also charge an online booking fee, which tends to be about £1 or less. Alternatively, you can buy tickets at the cinema itself. But expect it to be busy as movie fans make the most of National Cinema Day!