Movie matinees to scratch your blockbuster itch

inceptionThere’s no shortage of free classic & cult cinema around town this summer, but sometimes the lure of that ultra-hyped, big-budget blockbuster is nigh inescapable. Luckily, the good, old matinee’s still alive and well in Brooklyn. A handful of theaters sell single-digit tickets at off-hours, while others are a relative bargain all the time. You can even find a break on 3D if you know where to look. Here’s an updated list of Brooklyn theaters with matinee pricing:

Kent Theater, 1170 Coney Island Ave. at Ave. H, 718-338-3371
Matinee: $5 for the first show of the day. Regular admission is $7.75 for adults and $5 for seniors (62 and up) and kids (2 -10).

Bay Ridge Alpine Cinemas, 6817 Fifth Ave. between Bay Ridge Ave. and 68th St., 718-748-4200
Matinee: $7 Monday through Friday before 5 p.m. and the first show on Saturday and Sunday. Seniors and kids are $5.50 all the time.

Cobble Hill Cinemas, 265 Court Street at Butler St., 718-596-9113
Matinee: $7 will get you in until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; all day and night Tuesday and Thursday, and for the first showing, until 2 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday. $12 for 3D all the time.

Pavilion Theater, 188 Prospect Park West between 14th and 15th Sts., 718-369-0838
Matinee: $8.50 (before 4 p.m., except Sun.); $8 tickets for kids and seniors all day on Wednesday. But, keep this in mind.

UA Court Street, 108 Court St. between State and Schermerhorn Sts., 718-246-8170
Matinee: $9 (before 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday; first show on Saturday. & Sunday). Seniors and kids: $9 all the time.

BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., between Ashland Pl. and St. Felix St., 718-623-2770
No matinee deals here, but students, kids and seniors get a break Monday through Thursday with $9 admission. BAM also offers discounts at $8 for members of the Cinema Club, plus perks for varying levels of membership ranging from “Movie Buff” to “Movie Mogul II.”

For theater locations and movie times, check out the Brooklyn section at Movie Clock.

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