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National Cinema Day Is Back With $4 Movie Tickets

The second annual National Cinema Day takes place on Sunday, August 27, 2023. Find out how and where you can get discounted movie tickets.

National Cinema Day 2023

Fall is looming, but the summer movie season isn’t over yet: On Sunday, August 27, National Cinema Day 2023 kicks off a full day of $4 theater tickets to your favorite flicks of the summer, new releases, and classic re-releases. It was such a hit in 2022 that the National Cinema Foundation is going annual with it.

“Building on the unprecedented success of last year’s inaugural National Cinema Day, the Cinema Foundation is calling on film fans across the country to gather for a national day to celebrate the magic of the movies on the big screen,” reads the National Cinema Foundation’s statement.

“The second annual National Cinema Day celebrates the power of movies to bring us all together, and discounted admissions for all movies at participating U.S. theaters in all formats—including premium large format screens—will be no more than $4.”

Fall movies are falling back

Unfortunately, there are several new movies you won’t be able to see on National Cinema Day due to the ongoing WGA/SAG-AFTRA strikes. Read more in our news report, Studios Push Fall Movies, Even After Barbenheimer Success (and don’t feel bad about not boycotting movies during the strike).

If you haven’t visited a movie theater in a minute, here’s why National Cinema Day is such a great deal: The average movie ticket goes for around $10.53, according to the National Association of Theater Owners, meaning you could save at least $6 on your 35th viewing of Barbie (no judgment).

Participating movie theaters

Around 3,000 theaters across the country will be participating in National Cinema Day, showing movies on 30,000 screens on Sunday, August 27 (the event took place on a Saturday last year, with $3 ticket prices). Theater chains like AMC Theatres, Regal Movies, Cinemark, and more will be involved; you can find the full list at and

Movies you can see for $4

From blockbusters to indie flicks to classics, the movies you can watch for $4 on National Cinema Day are only limited to how many you can squeeze into 24 hours. Here’s a partial list of films currently in participating theaters:

  • Barbie
  • Oppenheimer
  • Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning Part 1
  • Blue Beetle
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • Talk to Me
  • Gran Turismo
  • Golda
  • The Hill
  • Retribution
  • Bottoms
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
  • Meg 2: The Trench
  • Strays
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  • Insidious: The Dark Realm
  • Old Boy
  • Last Voyage of the Demeter
  • Theater Camp

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