Who says going to the cinema has to be expensive? Carolina Morais reveals the best way to save on lm outings

S tudent life is i nancially exhausting at times. But if you’re one of those incurable i lm lovers, why not take advantage of the cheap tickets and deals made especially for you by some of the best venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow? Right in the heart of the capital you can i nd the Cameo Cinema, which normally will charge you £9 per ticket (£8 before 5pm and £6 on Mondays), but also offers an annual student membership for only £15, including two free tickets, up to £2 discount on i lm tickets for a year and 10% discount on food and drinks. Edinburgh’s Filmhouse can be a bit more generous though, offering matinee tickets for £5.70 (Mon-Thu) or £4 (Fri), and evening / weekend screenings for £7.20 for students. In the long-term, you can always choose their £30 annual package, which includes £1.50 off ticket purchases and 10% discount on DVD’s, merchandising, food and drinks. They sometimes have student offers on membership at the start of the year too, so look out for details of that at your local freshers fair.

There are also plenty of bargains to keep an eye on for those living near Glasgow Film Theatre. A standard student ticket costs £7, but if you’re aged between 15 and 21 years old, the Youth Card will give you access to the best and most recent i lms for only £4.50 (not to

mention 20% off food). There’s also the Grosvenor Cinema in the West End, which is full-licensed good news for those of you who like your i lms with a side of beer or wine. Student tickets cost £6 (£7 at weekends). And if you’re a horror i lm buff, don’t miss their All Night Horror Madness events (the next one’s on Sat 10 Oct). In the multiplex world, Cineworld’s Unlimited Card is the most appealing treat out there: for a set price of £16.90 per month, you can watch all the movies you want, as many times as you want, and even get 10% discount on all in-cinema food and drink.

Vue Cinemas offer a standard student discount, but their Super Tuesday deal is even more irresistible: you can get a third off the standard ticket and all you have to do is i ll in an online form. Odeon is also known for its bargain Mondays. However, a standard 2D ticket costs either £5 (off peak) or £6 (peak) and you’re not charged any booking fees if you do it online.

Don’t forget to check out your university i lm society too. Throughout the year, you can count on plenty of affordable i lm screenings hosted by the likes of Edinburgh University FilmSoc, Napier University Film Society and Glasgow University’s SCREENS, among others.

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