Movies on the Cheap

Looking for cheap movies in Wichita? You’ve come to the right place! Below are all the options I know of right now for movie ticket discounts or free movies in Wichita, Kansas.

Movie Theaters

  • Movie Machine Located inside Towne West Mall. Cash only. Tickets are just $5 before 6 p.m. every day; $7 after 6 p.m. Special discount: children ages 3-12, seniors 60+, students and military with ID get in for just $5. Senior citizens get a free popcorn!
  • The Warren Theater Grille in Old Town $5 movie tickets on first-run movies all day on Wednesday. These are usually packed, so get your tickets early in the day. You can buy tickets for Warren Theaters online >> See what’s showing and buy your tickets ahead at
  • Derby Plaza Theaters First-run movies. Tickets are $7.75  for adults ($10.75 for 3D movies), $6 for senior citizens and children 12 and under; matinees before 6 p.m. are $6 ($9 for 3D movies).
  • Starlite Drive In $12 13 per carload for 2 or 3 first-run movies every Friday and Saturday night at the beginning and end of the season. Per person rates resume in about mid-May until late summer or early fall, but are still a good deal since you’re getting a double- or triple-feature. That is, if you can stay up that late.
  • Palace Theater Right after movies leave the first-run theaters, you can catch them at the Palace for only $3. And it’s even better on Timewarp Tuesdays, when tickets are $1.50 all day. The theater only accepts cash.
  • The Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium inside Exploration Place costs $5 per person plus tax. That’s actually a pretty good deal for an interesting dome-theater experience. Admission to the museum is not required.
  • The Orpheum Theater in downtown Wichita shows fun classic movies each month. Tickets are $5 for adults or $4 for military, students, and seniors.
  • Fox Theater in Hutchinson Delos V. Smith Film Series. A good variety of good movies. Tickets are currently two for $5 (buy one at $5, get one free).
  • The Augusta Historic Theater shows first-run movies on the weekends (and daily in the summer). The theater is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Tickets are $6. Call 775-3661 for more info.
  • The Newton Fox Theater had a First Friday Film Series in 2014, showing classic movies and a few more recent favorits. Tickets were $5 at the door. Children 6 and younger get in free, although not all of the films are appropriate for kids. (Some are.) I haven’t yet heard whether they’ll be doing the series in 2015.
  • Morningstar Community Church, which moved into the old Palace Theater east-Wichita location, has resumed its free family movie night. On the first Friday of most months, families are invited to enjoy a free movie on the church’s big screen at 7 p.m. Refreshments are available for 50¢ each. WayFM sponsors the movie night.

Movies to Rent or Borrow:

  • The Wichita Public Library Check out free movies with your library card.
  • Redbox Kiosks Most DVDs are $1.20 and most BluRay discs rent for $1.50. If you sign up for text alerts, you’ll get frequent discount codes that are good for one use. But you have to be fast – text discounts are usually only good the same day you receive them. Redbox kiosks are available at most Wichita Dillons, Walgreens, and McDonalds.
  • Family Video The regular rental price is what you’d expect at Family Video, but you can still find good deals. They have a section of free movies for kids, and they sell pre-watched videos at real bargain-basement prices. If you want to extend your rental a few days, the upcharge is really reasonable. (Family Video rents video games too.)

Online Streaming Services

To watch streaming movies and TV shows on your television set, you’ll need a compatible device like a video game console, Roku, certain BluRay players, etc. (We skipped all of that and connected an old desktop to the HDMI port on our TV. Sure, it’s bulky, but it cost us nothing extra, and we can access all of the following services.)

  • Netflix After a one-month free trial, I was sold on the streaming service. Watch TV shows and movies on your computer, tablet,  phone, and television with a compatible device. (We use a computer with high-speed Internet service hooked up to our TV, and it works without a hitch.) You can still rent movies by mail too, for an extra fee, and if you’re more interested in movies that may be the way to go. It’s only $7.99 per month.
  • Amazon Instant Video Amazon has over 140,000 movies and TV shows available, so you’re likely to find the one you’re looking for. There are a few ways to save money with Amazon Instant Video. If you’re a Prime member, thousands are free for you. Amazon also has frequent specials (usually on Friday), and a large selection of rentals for $1.99 or less. Even if you pay full price for a 48-hour rental, you might save money on late fees because you don’t have to remember to return any movies.
  • Redbox Streaming Movies Redbox is getting into the streaming movies game with unlimited movies and a bonus: For the same $8 per month price tag, you’ll also get 4 bonus kiosk rentals each month. That means your weekly kiosk rentals are essentially free, and you get the streaming service. There’s a free trial.
  • Crackle Recommended to me by Facebook friends, Crackle features a few hundred free, full-length uncut comedy, action, crime, horror, Sci-Fi, and thriller movies and TV shows. (This isn’t the place to find kids’ movies.) The selection changes from time to time.
  • iTunes You can rent movies from iTunes to watch on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or on TV with the Apple TV device ($99). The benefit of iTunes is that you can wait up to 30 days to watch – but as soon as you click play, the clock is ticking on your 24-hour rental.
  • Vudu One of the things Vudu has going for it is that most movies are available the same day they’re out on DVD. There’s also no subscription required to rent or buy streaming movies, and the prices here are not bad at all. Vudu also has $5 Monthly Deals, or $2 for two nights, and the site has frequent promotions. One promotion as of this writing is that you can get 10 free movies when you sign up for free. (Just click that link and then click the tiny “Sign Up” link on the Vudu homepage.)

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