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New Ways to See Movies for Less

Sign up for an all-you-can-view plan, or see prerelease films free.

The average cost of a movie ticket is $8.65, up 26% from a decade ago, according to Box Office Mojo, an industry-trend-reporting service. In Los Angeles and New York, movie tickets can cost almost twice that. But there are ways to see new-release films on the cheap.

True film buffs can check out MoviePass. You pay a flat monthly rate—$45 in most cities and $40 in rural areas—to see up to one movie a day in any major theater chain in the country. (In New York and Los Angeles, you’ll pay $50.) Plans for less-dedicated moviegoers range from $15 to see two movies a month to $31 for three movies, depending on your locale. Use an iPhone or Android app to book showtimes, then swipe your MoviePass card at the box office to pick up your ticket.

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Rub elbows with critics and insiders by taking in a screening before a movie’s official release date. Studios and public-relations firms offer free tickets through Gofobo to generate buzz and word-of-mouth publicity. Create an account at www.gofobo.com and you’ll get e-mails when screenings are available (mostly in major cities).

Catch up on the 2017 Oscar winners and nominees at home with FandangoNOW, a new streaming platform from the online ticket seller. Prices are comparable to Amazon Prime, but you can accumulate reward points to rent more movies.

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