$3 Movie Ticket Day: Everything You Need to Know

Head to AMC, Cinemark, or Regal on September 3 to claim this sweet discount.

It’s true that good things come in threes. On Saturday, September 3, also known as National Cinema Day, select theater chains are offering discounted tickets for—you guessed it—$3 a pop.

You have NATO to thank for this. Not the North Atlantic Treaty Organization you may have learned about in your high school history class, but the Nation Association of Theatre Owners. Their non-profit division, The Cinema Foundation, recently established the holiday, and most big theaters and production companies are taking part.

National Cinema Day is part of an effort to get audiences back into theaters after the rise of streaming. The Cinema Foundation wants to remind patrons how much they used to like trips to the theater back in the Before Times—to remind them that heartbreak feels good in a place like this.

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Participating theaters

Most big theater chains are participating in National Cinema Day, including Regal Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres, and AMC Entertainment. (You know, the Big Three). Plenty of smaller, independent theaters are participating as well.

To find out if your local theater is participating in the $3 ticket promotion, check nationalcinemaday.org.

How to claim your $3 ticket

You don’t have to use any coupon or code to take advantage of the National Cinema Day deal. If your local theater is participating in the promotion, it’ll only list one ticket option. Forget senior discounts or matinee rates, every ticket will be $3.

This applies to all movies, regardless of their showtime or format. So if you want to see the rerelease of Jaws 3D or just have to watch those funny minions in all their three-dimensional glory, it won’t cost you extra.

Where available, you can buy your discounted $3 ticket ahead of time through your local theater’s website.

Movies in theaters during Labor Day weekend

The following movies are all participating in the $3 movie ticket promotion on September 3, although availability will vary by theater.

Three Thousand Years of Longing

We called it: genies are in right now. Fans of the latest season of What We Do in the Shadows or the ongoing comic Eight Billion Genies should check out Three Thousand Years of Longing, a wild wish-fueled romance starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba.

Tilda Swinton in Three Thousand Years of Longing.

Spider-Man: No Way Home (yes, again)

Wondering why you can’t stream Spider-Man: No Way Home on demand anymore? Sorry, folks, the Webbed Wonder is back in theaters again. Studios will sometimes bring successful movies, like James Cameron’s Avatar, back for an encore performance. Or sometimes they’ll bring back unsuccessful movies, like Morbius, just for the memes.

This rerelease of No Way Home promises “more fun stuff,” which equates to about 15 minutes of deleted scenes. We don’t know if those 15 minutes are really worth the price of a full ticket, but to MCU completionists, they might be worth the $3.

Tom Holland as Spider-Man.

The Invitation

There are only 58 days between September 3 and Halloween, so it’s the perfect time to start getting into the spooky swing of things. Consider The Invitation, a new horror flick about an English wedding gone wrong that’s perfect for fans of Ready or Not.

Nathalie Emmanuel in The Invitation.

More $3 movies on September 3

  • Gigi & Nate
  • Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.
  • Breaking
  • Beast
  • Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Bullet Train
  • DC League of Super-Pets
  • Where the Crawdads Sing
  • Thor: Love and Thunder
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru
  • Jaws 3D
  • Nope
  • The Black Phone
  • Bodies Bodies Bodies
  • Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
  • Elvis

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