Lets be honest, everything is better when it’s free – free food, free drink, free Tibet and now free cinema tickets. A number of Hollywood companies have now seen the importance of word of mouth as a marketing strategy. They give away free tickets to advanced screenings of some of their film and reap the rewards of people recommending the films (obviously if the film is any good). Obviously, if you have paid nothing for a ticket, you are going to hate a poor film a lot less because you don’t feel that you have been cheated out of your hard-earned cash and you will enjoy a good film a lot more for the same reason.
With this is mind, I thought I would give a small list of the major ways to get to see films for free. This is by no means a comprehensive list, more of a personal preference list by myself where I have actually got free tickets, so I know they are legitimate. With all the free cinema tickets, you will need to take a copy of the ticket, a form of ID and get there a bit earlier than normal as it is not rare for all the allocation to be taken and so you could be left with seats right at the front if you are there half an hour before. Enjoy…
Free films at the cinema
The most frequent supplier of free films and preview screenings . Previous films have included The Hangover, Star Trek, Up in the Air and Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll. The majority of these films are shown at Vue or Odeon cinemas, and with this being one of the more popular sites, you do need to be quick to grab the tickets before they sell out. Check out the Moneysavingexpert forums regularly as they supply the codes to get these tickets a lot sooner than the SeeFilmFirst email notifications.
Not as frequent as SeeFilmFirst, but is definitely worth registering for. Works in exactly the same way as the other sites (you receive an email when there is a film in your area, you enter the code number in the email on the website and print off your ticket). Most recent ticket I managed to pick up was in December and was Law Abiding Citizen, but don’t let that put you off!
Set up in association with digital channel Zone Horror, it is very rare to get films through for this, and it does only seem to cover Vue cinemas. The quality of the films is also dubious (the most high-profile film showing was Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus), but if you are a fan of cheesy horror/thrillers, you could do a lot worse. Over 18s only
Free films online
Indie Movies Online – A treasure chest of free independent movies. Separate the wheat from the chaff and you can find some fantastic films in here – Chopper, Night of the Living Dead (the original) and Lantana.
Blink Box – A website selling and renting movies to stream or download, but with a small selection of free films to stream. A number of films are the same as on indiemovieonline, but also includes The 39 Steps, Nosferatu and er……The Lost World! They also occasionally offer free vouchers to use on their site, normally to the value of £3 or £6. I managed to pick up The Unforgiven and Iron Man absolutely free less than a month ago.
LoveFilm – Have recently released a beta version of an online streaming movie service. A large number are pay-per-view or as part of a subscription to their dvd rental service, but currently they have 239 items to watch online completely free. Some of the best are Mesrine Part 1, Castaway and Jackass 2.5. Also have a large number of tv shows to watch free.