Take a break from the heat by taking in a movie. Below is a round-up of the most budget-friendly movie prices in or near Wichita. This isn’t a comprehensive list of all movie theaters and ticket prices, of course, and there are other ways to save. In general, matinees (movies that start before 6 p.m.) have the lowest ticket prices. Don’t forget to take advantage of any military, senior citizen, or student discounts theaters may offer.
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Kids Summer Movie Specials
Dickinson Northrock 14 Summer Vacation Movie Series Season tickets are $13.00, which gets you in to all 8 shows. These movies are kid favorites, including Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Planet 51, Monsters vs. Aliens, and more. Tickets for single shows can also be purchased for $2.50 at the box office. Check with the box office to be sure, but it looks like showtimes will be at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The Summer Vacation Movie Series begins June 15, but season tickets are on sale now, according to the flyer.
Derby Plaza Theater summer movies for kids run from June 8 to August 12, 2010. Featuring kid-classics like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Charlotte’s Web, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, and others (some of the same movies listed above), tickets are only $2. The movies begin at 10:30 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The Kiddie Combo is a concessions special, which includes a small drink, popcorn, and small candy.
Many theaters offer student discounts. Be sure to check a theater’s website or ask at the box office before you pay full price.
Palace West movies are always $2.50, but students get a special deal on Friday and Saturday nights. Between 10 p.m. and midnight, show your student ID and get a ticket for $1.50.
New Release/First-Run Movie Bargains
Find cheap seats at local theaters showing new release movies:
Early Bird (First Matinee of the Day Monday through Friday only) = $5.50
Family Value Sunday (before 6PM) = $5.50
*This is a cash-only theater.
Before 6 p.m. (all movies) = $5.00
Ages 3-12 or 55+ (all times) = $5.00
(Seniors 55+ get a free popcorn with ticket purchase.)
Warren Old Town Theater Grille
Wednesdays = $5 ($8 for 3D movies)
More info about $5 Movies at the Old Town Warren at Wichita on the Cheap
*Cash-only box office
Double or triple-features; open every evening: Adults = $8, Ages 5-11 = $2
Mitchell Chisholm Trail 8 (Newton)
Before 6 p.m. = $4.75
Ages 3-11 or 55+ (all times) = $4.75
(Add $2 for 3D movies)
Augusta Historic Theater Plays one new-release movie in its restored 1930s historic theater. All movies/all ages = $5 (Click “Now Showing” at the website to see what’s playing.)
The Orpheum Theatre’s 2010 Film Series shows an older favorite movie one Thursday every month. (Movies shown/showing this year include Karate Kid, Vacation, Blazing Saddles, True Grit, Bringing Up Baby, and more.) See the Orpheum website for dates and shows. Movies begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and $4 for students, military, and seniors.
Cinema Alfresco, presented by the Tallgrass Film Festival, shows classic movies each week in a covered outdoor venue at The Brickyard in Old Town. Each movie is preceded by a Tallgrass Film Festival short. The price? FREE. Doors open at 7 and movies begin at 8 p.m. If you’re hungry, take advantage of The Brickyard’s $5 Burger and Fries special.