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National Cinema Day-September 3rd, 2022, Movie tickets to cost just $3 on ‘National Cinema Day’ across U.S.

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Jeenah Moon | Reuters
August 29th, 2022

Movie tickets to cost just $3 on ‘National Cinema Day’ across U.S.

For one day, movie tickets will be just $3 in the vast majority of American theaters as part of a newly launched “National Cinema Day” to lure moviegoers during a quiet spell at the box office.

The Cinema Foundation, a non-profit arm of the National Association of Theater Owners, on Sunday announced that Sept. 3 will be a nationwide discount day in more than 3,000 theaters and on more than 30,000 screens. Major chains, including AMC and Regal Cinemas, are participating, as are all major film studios. In participating theaters, tickets will be no more than $3 for every showing, in every format.

Labor Day weekend is traditionally one of the slowest weekends in theaters. This year, the August lull has been especially acute for exhibitors. Cineworld, which owns Regal Cinemas, cited the scant supply of major new releases in its recent plans to fill for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

But, if successful, National Cinema Day could flood theaters with moviegoers and potentially prompt them to return in the fall. Before each showing, ticket buyers will be shown a sizzle reel of upcoming films from A24, Amazon Studios, Disney, Focus Features, Lionsgate, Neon, Paramount, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony, United Artists Releasing, Universal, and Warner Bros.

“After this summer’s record-breaking return to cinemas, we wanted to do something to celebrate moviegoing,” said Jackie Brenneman, Cinema Foundation president, in a statement. “We’re doing it by offering a ‘thank you’ to the moviegoers that made this summer happen, and by offering an extra enticement for those who haven’t made it back yet.”

After more than two years of pandemic, movie theaters rebounded significantly over the summer, seeing business return to nearly pre-pandemic levels. Films like “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Minions: Rise of Gru,” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and “Jurassic World Dominion” pushed the domestic summer box office to $3.3 billion in ticket sales as of Aug. 21, according to data firm Comscore. That trails 2019 totals by about 20% but exhibitors have had about 30% fewer wide releases this year.

Organizers of National Cinema Day described the event as a trial that could become an annual fixture. While some other countries have experimented with a similar day of cheap movie tickets, the initiative is the first of its kind on such a large scale in the U.S.

13 Comments to “National Cinema Day-September 3rd, 2022, Movie tickets to cost just $3 on ‘National Cinema Day’ across U.S.”

  1. FOREMAN says...

    I must be getting old, but I remember (1960s) going to the movies back in Brooklyn and tickets cost $1 and you got 2 first run movies and a handful of cartoons.

    I also remember that a slice of pizza cost 15 cents and a large Coke in a candy store was 6 cents.

    • Sid L Turner says...


      Like you I remember those days, I also recall that a man’s haircut was a buck.

      When my wife and I moved from Queens to Boca Raton in 1975, a NYC subway token cost $.15.

  2. Joe Kennedy says...

    On paper it sounds like a great deal.
    But when you really think about it, you can have (you pick the one) streaming service and for $5-10 a month you literally have hundreds of movies right in your own home.

    Do the math, and $3 is really no bargain!

  3. Hank Lane says...

    In 1963 I paid $.75 for a haircut in Brooklyn.
    A whole large pizza was $1.
    A shoe shine was a quarter.
    A hot dog was $.25.
    A small Coke in a candy store was $.05.

    Of course, back in 1963 my father was making around $6,500 as a suit salesman in a men’s clothing store on Pitkin Avenue, in Brooklyn.

  4. Tony Esposito says...

    Think about it…


  5. Sadie Posner says...

    Now don’t quote me on this, but when I attended LIU in the 60’s, I think that my parents paid something like $250 in tuition per year for me.

  6. Steve V says...

    Cute idea, but the future for movie theaters is bleak.
    Services like NETFLIX have destroyed the movie theater concept.

  7. Bob Wilson says...

    #NationalCinemaDay is Saturday, 9/3! All tickets, including IMAX and Dolby Cinema, are only $3+tax, and our fountain drink and popcorn cameo combo is just $5+tax.

  8. Theaters will be jammed on 9/3/22.
    I think it’s a great promotion.
    Unfortunately, the hey days for movie theaters has long come and gone.

    As someone else here mentioned, the streaming services were the final nail in the theaters’ coffins.

  9. Manny B says...

    Love the blog.
    You are so heads and shoulders above other food/entertainment bloggers that it isnt even funny.
    You know that the reviewing business is nothing more than an OPINION GAME.

    Trust me when I tell you, I and many many others get a kick out of your take on things and your never taking your self seriously when giving an opinion.
    Manny B

  10. Lester Hope says...

    Nice promotion.

  11. MARC FINE says...


  12. Seth Winthrop says...

    Elvis is on hbo tonight.
    Saves me 3 bucks.

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