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.
Discounts at Movie Theaters in Wichita
- Movie Machine Located inside Towne West Mall. Cash only. Tickets are just $5.50 before 6 p.m. every day; $7.50 after 6 p.m. Special discount: children ages 3-12, seniors 60+, students and military with ID, $5.50 Senior citizens get a free popcorn!
- The Warren Theatre Grille in Old Town $5 movie tickets on first-run movies all day on Wednesdays, excluding Director’s Suite seating and Sony Pictures films. These are usually packed, so get your tickets early in the day.
- Derby Plaza Theaters First-run movies. Tickets are $8.50 for teens & adults ($3 surcharge for 3D movies), $6 for senior citizens and children 12 and under ($3 surcharge for 3D movies); matinees before 6 p.m. are $6 ($9 for 3D movies). Summer deal $2 for family-friendly movies at 10:30 a.m. most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays May 31 to August 4, 1300 N. Nelson Dr., Derby, 316-789-0114
- Starlite Drive In Reduced adult admission for 3 first-run movies every Friday and Saturday night at the beginning and end of the season. Regular season 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. Per-person prices are $9 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 5 to 11 and free for ages 4 and younger, (316) 524-2424
- Palace West Theater Right after movies leave the first-run theaters, you can catch them at the Palace for only $3.50 And it’s even better on Timewarp Tuesdays, when tickets are $1.50 all day. Summer movies for kids are 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays June to August. The price is $2.50, and free for tots younger than 2. A season ticket for 11 movies is $16. The movies include kid-friendly favorites like “How To Train Your Dragon,” “Smurfs 2” and others. The theater only accepts cash. 535 S. Ridge Road Circle, Wichita, 316-691-9700 .
- Warren East, $7 before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. $7 for kids and seniors, and $10 for teenagers and adults. $3 more for 3D films, 11611 E. 13th St., Wichita, 316-691-9700
- Warren West, $7 before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. $7 for kids and seniors, and $10 for teenagers and adults. $3 more for 3D films; IMAX prices are $9 to $16, 9150 W. 21st St., Wichita, (316) 691-9700
- The Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium inside Exploration Place costs $5 per person plus tax. The prices for kids 3 to 11 is $3 and for seniors 65 and older is $4. That’s actually a pretty good deal for an interesting dome-theater experience. Admission to the museum is not required. (316) 660-0600
- The Orpheum Theater in downtown Wichita shows fun classic movies each month. Tickets are $5 for adults or $4 for military, students, and seniors. 200 N. Broadway, Wichita, 316-263-0884
- Fox Theatre in Hutchinson The FOX Film Series pass is a great deal on first-run movies. Individual tickets are usually $4 per person or purchase a voucher of 10 tickets for $36, including five free popcorns. Passes aren’t movie-specific and don’t expire, so you can redeem your punches at any regular film series movie (including future seasons). During summers, kids’ movies are offered 2 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays. Tickets for kids’ movies are $4 each, or purchase a voucher of 8 tickets for $16, 620-663-1981 (updated)
- The Augusta Historic Theatre shows first-run movies on Fridays and Saturdays . The theater is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Tickets are $6 for ages 3 and older. $8 for 3D movies. Even the concessions are priced reasonably here! 523 State Street, Augusta, (316) 775-3661 for more info.
- The Newton Fox Theater is now the home of a church. It does apparently still show movies occasionally, but I don’t have information about the schedule.
- 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, 11010 E. Kellogg Dr., Wichita, (316) 682-6545 (updated)
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. (Before we bought our Roku, we connected an old desktop computer to the HDMI port on our TV. It was bulky, but it cost us nothing extra, and we had 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.
- 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. They now have free TV shows and movies as well.
Film Festivals and Events in Wichita
- Tallgrass Film Festival Wichita’s annual film festival has free and budget friendly options. For the kiddos, check out Smallgrass, held in January at Exploration Place. GreenGrass focuses on environmental films that are part of the festival.
- Academy Award Shorts Each February, the Wichita Public Library sponsors screenings of short films nominated for an Oscar. These films are shown at the Warren, The Orpheum, and at Wichita branch library locations. Admission to the Academy Awards Short Film screenings is free.