Everyone has seen movies in their life, and most people have at least been to the theater at least once. Most of us go regularly. We all have our different genre preferences. Some like the action and thriller category while others enjoy romances or comedies. There are strategies to tackling the movie crowds, most people know that the longer the movie has been out the less crowded the theater will be; however, what is the best time of day to go? Below we break down the various options to help you decide!
Monday through Friday, Matinee
Most theaters have “matinee” times, basically prior to evening cinema showtimes. While theaters set their opening and evening times differently, these times encompass theater opening time until about 4 PM. These times are obviously during the work day, so they will inherently be less crowded. In addition, they almost universally have cheaper ticket prices, as theaters commonly have trouble filling seats during these times. So, if you happen to be free during the work day to go catch a movie and enjoy discounted pricing, this is for you!
Saturday and Sunday, Matinee
The definition of matinee is the same during the weekend as during the week, but most people are now free to see a daytime movie. While the price will still be cheaper than evening pricing, it will likely be more expensive than seeing a weekday matinee movie. The theaters will also likely be more crowded. This is a good showtime to take the kids to, as they’re unlikely to fall asleep. On the other hand, brace for the movie theater to have kids in it (talking), if the rating is appropriate.
These are the prime-time showings. Expect prices to be higher and theaters to be more crowded. On the other hand, this is the classic “dinner and a movie” duo, perfect for a date night and evening entertainment. Movie theaters generally have more theaters running and more movie choices to choose from. Some theaters even serve alcohol, or even bring food to your seat. Whether you’re out with friends or going on a date, this is always the “go-to” movie time for all genres. If you want to take kids be careful, as those around you are less open to talking kids and they may fall asleep.
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