How to Attend Free Movie Screenings
Learn how to get free movie screenings in your neighborhood, city, town, or area. If you love movies as much as I do, you’ll want to save on $8-20 movie tickets. They get wicked expensive in San Francisco, but I’m just happy that some of the theaters now have wine and specialty beverages, gourmet food options, and the ability to reserve tickets ahead of time!
All that aside, what you really care about is FREE Movie Tickets! So, let’s get on with it.
How does it work? Our favorite is GoFobo, where you go and enter your zip code. If there are movie screening tickets available in your area, the movies and locations will be displayed when complete the search. These change all the time and they go fast!
Also, if you register your email with GoFobo, periodically they’ll email RSVP codes that gives you extra access to tickets reserved just for members. General public seating goes fast, and the RSVP codes are the next level of access available only for those with a special code. They may have seats available for everyone in the beginning, but those go really fast. Those with an RSVP code get access to more tickets.
What is a free movie screening? A film (or movie) screening is the displaying of a motion picture or film, generally referring to a special showing as part of a film’s production and release cycle. To show the film to best advantage, special screenings may take place in plush, low seat-count theaters with very high quality (sometimes especially certified) projection and sound equipment, and can be accompanied by food and drink and spoken remarks by producers, writers, or actors. Special screenings typically occur outside normal theatrical showing hours. Besides a free movie, you may even get cool stuff.
These tickets go very, very fast and are restricted to specific cities (which vary by movie).
Tip: Screenings are ALWAYS overbooked, so arrive early, as much as an hour early if the film is popular.
Also, bring your ID, especially if the film’s rating may question your age. Almost always, if you want anything there you’ll need to buy it (popcorn, drink, candy), but the screening entrance ticket is free. And, sometimes you even get free gifts! They like to give out promotional materials to the first people who watch new films.
Where to find tickets: Here’s a list of websites that have free movie screenings:
- Black Curtain
- Campus Circle
- Entertainment Weekly
- Film Metro
- Fox Searchlight
- GoFobo (on Facebook)
- My Cinema Access
- Scene Stealers
- Village Voice
- Wild About Movies