The summer blockbuster guide to movie matinee bargains in Brooklyn

You're gonna disappointed by Superman anyway, may as well do it cheap. via Facebook

You’re gonna disappointed by Man of Steel anyway, may as well be on the cheap. via Facebook

We’re not sure when this was decided, but movies are for rich people. This innocent pastime which once welcomed all tax brackets into its chilly, air conditioned arms seems to have slipped away, and for many of us, the days of seeing cinematic wonders unfold before us on a screen larger than a laptop screen are naught but a memory.

Well, we don’t know how to fight that, but we do know that doing something that doesn’t include the overconsumption of alcohol and subsequent high bar tab shouldn’t lead to regret and an empty checking account. So, we’ve rounded up this list of Brooklyn theaters where you can go to the movies for cheap(er).

Cobble Hill Cinemas (265 Court Street, Cobble Hill) can have you out $11 on a weeknight–$13 if you’re a 3D fan—but all day and night on Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with every day before 5pm, tickets are just $8.

Alpine Cinema (6817 Fifth Avenue, Bay Ridge) not only has $9 tickets for all of their shows, but also will get allow you to talk about Iron Man 3 around the water cooler for just $7 on weekday shows starting before 5pm, and the first screening of a film on Saturdays and Sundays.

Kent Theatre (1170 Coney Island Avenue, Ditmas Park) is an old, no-frills place to see a mainstream movie, where “Bargain Wednesdays” boast ticket prices of $5. $5! That’s cheaper than 90’s cheap.

BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene) is by far the fanciest theatre on this list, and prices reflect it: tickets to a movie there are $13 for a normal showing. But, in an act of generosity, the first show of the day for each movie is a more reasonable $9.

The Pavilion Theater (188 Prospect Park West, Park Slope) is your typical popcorn-and-soda joint where tickets are $12 in the evening. But, you can get  $8 for shows before 4pm. On Tuesdays, select shows are “matinee all day” for $8, while on Wednesdays, a valid student ID will get you in for $7. Then again, the Pavilion is one of the most hated theaters in Brooklyn, so stare at the screen there at your own risk.

Brooklyn Heights Cinema‘s (70 Henry Street) ticket prices are normally $11 for adults, and $8 for seniors, military veterans and children. They’ve got a couple of deals for you though: tickets are  $9 for students Sunday through Thursday and $7 for any weekday matinees, before 4pm, except holidays.

New kids on the block Williamsburg Cinemas (217 Grand Street) will normally run you $11 for a night out at the movies, but they have plenty of deals to get you in for under a Hamilton. On non-holiday Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, every show before 5pm will run you $8. Even better than that though, every movie on Tuesdays and Thursdays are $8. And, if you can somehow drag yourself to movie theatre before 2pm on weekends, the first screening of any movie is $8. Plus, your ticket stub gets you sweet deals at Pies ‘n Thighs and Full Circle Bar.

Of course, you might be sick of Hollywood and their big budget extravaganzas based on the latest comic book or YA novel. Don’t worry arthouse kids, we’ve got you covered too:

reRun Gastropub Theater (147 Front St., DUMBO) has IFP-presented “events” rather than “movies” which typically cost $10 a piece. Perhaps not shockingly cheap for a movie ticket, but the menu bypasses overpriced popcorn and candy for salty and sweet options like a hand-made stuffed Brooklyn pretzels filled with your choice of ground beef, three cheeses, garlic mashed potatoes or polenta; a slightly fancier option of stuffed baked focaccia with stuffing options that include duck confit; dressed up sausages; assorted pastries; or an iced cream sandwich. All of these options, by the way, hover around $5. Can you even get a small popcorn for that? It doesn’t matter. Go here.

IndieScreen (289 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg) is a theatre, event space, art gallery and comedy house all in one. Movie tickets are $10 for members (usually $12), and membership costs $35 a year, which works out if you go to the movies more than once a month. Members also get invited to special events and can enjoy other benefits, like saying they’re in “CineClub” and telling people they belong to the club where 50 Cent recently shot “Be My Bitch.” What’s cooler than that?

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  • Brokelyn, you’re bad at links!

    Also: Remember when Cobble Hill Cinemas used to be a sort of arthouse theatre? They’d play some big budget dramas but also cool little indie movies. They supposedly even had a no action movie policy! Now they’re playing Superman and Star Trek, good movies are out entirely and it costs a dollar more. But, it’s not like there’s a huge multiplex for that kind of shit literally right down the street.


  • Not sure where you got your information. But BAM tickets are normally $13. 3D movies are $16.

  • why does superman wear a belt buckle if he has no pants?

  • I thought I might add the following summer one-dollar family movie info :
    The Summer Movie Express on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am for nine weeks. Admission is only $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute.

    UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 & IMAX
    Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am
    Beginning July 2, 2013
    Week Title Rating Start Time
    1 The Three Stooges PG 10am July 2
    1 Ice Age: Continental Drift PG 10am July 3
    2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days PG 10am July 9
    2 Parental Guidance PG 10am
    3 Mr. Poppers’ Penguins PG 10am July 16
    3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked G 10am
    4 Monte Carlo PG 10am July 23
    4 Rio G 10am
    5 Coraline PG 10am July 30
    5 ParaNorman PG 10am

    6 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax PG 10am August 2
    6 Big Miracle PG 10am
    7 Yogi Bear PG 10am August 9
    7 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island PG 10am
    8 Racing Stripes PG 10am August 16
    8 Happy Feet Too PG 10am
    9 African Cats G 10am August 23
    9 Chimpanzee G 10am

    Welcome to the 2013 Regal Summer Movie Express! Below is a list of participating locations and start dates.

    The Summer Movie Express on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am for nine weeks. Admission is only $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute.
    Ummmm, you’re welcome. ;)