A guide to free movie screenings
It’s the holy grail as new movies keep getting more expensive: Seeing a new movie before it is released, for free. And surprisingly, it’s not that difficult to find them. Something to keep in mind: Screenings are usually only one night, so you should be flexible with dates, and arrive an hour early.
Below are my links to the best sites:
Wild About Movies is one that you can print passes off of, but you seem to have to go through many pages to get to the right page. You can also sign up for emails.
Sony Screenings lets you sign up and sends you codes to sign up for new films.
Fatwallet is great for general deals and freebies, in a forum format. It takes a bit to get through all of the postings, but I tend to start at the last page and search for “Chicago” to save time.
Advance Screenings aggregates many different sites for ease of searching. The Twitter feed @ILScreenings is a great reminder.
Gofobo is e searchable by zip code. Nice selection along with a sign-up but looks to be worth it.
Hollywood Chicago is more of an entertainment site, but you can search for “movie screening” and find limited-quantity passes available, most for answering a question. There is also an email list for this site as well.
And overall, check out radio station web sites, who have many screenings, and TV stations, who sometimes do. Below is a list of them – well worth the sign-up!
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The MIx (WTMX 101.9) has their “insiders club” that offers advance movie screenings, free DVDs, occasionally advanced concert ticket purchases, and other freebees.
These are great tips! Growing up, I worked at movie theaters and got to see movies for free, so it’s a struggle to make myself fork over the money to go see them now that it’s $8 minimum to get in the door. I’ll definitely check these tips out! Thank you for compiling these!
It’s always a great bookmark for me – especially when it’s so cold and nasty out!