For the second year in a row, The Cinema Foundation is celebrating National Cinema Day by inviting movie fans across the country to get out to their favorite local theater to celebrate movies the way they were meant to be seen: on the big screen. On Sunday, August 27, moviegoers can take advantage of $4 movie tickets for all movies, all showtimes, all day, and in all formats at participating locations. Yes, this even includes premium large formats such as IMAX! This summer has been loaded with amazing new films for all audiences, from family films to the most raved-over blockbusters in years, so there really is something for everyone. And to further sweeten the deal, several exhibitors are offering additional discounts and promotions at their locations. Don’t miss out – it’s all only available for one day only!

New Releases to Check Out

Do you have FOMO for not making it out to see Barbenheimer? With such a great discount on movie tickets, there’s really no reason not to see as many movies as you can on National Cinema Day. Now is your chance to get a great deal for your own personal movie marathon! Start out your day in a black suit and throw on your pink heels after lunchtime – or your neon rollerblades, we won’t judge. Or maybe your kids would like to practice their martial arts skills with the Ninja Turtles. If you want to get an early start to spooky season, the acclaimed independent studio that brought us Everything Everywhere All At Once and Midsommar has just released their supernatural horror Talk to Me, which is sure to make you jump right out of your skin. And for the cinephile that’s seen it all, Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story races into theaters just in time for the National Cinema Day festivities.

Throwback Films Back on the Big Screen

There are more than just the hottest new releases to see on August 27. Thirty years later, the objects in the mirror are still closer than they appear – especially if those objects are a giant tyrannosaurus rex terrorizing Jurassic Park. But where were you in ‘62? In American Graffiti, a certain group of teens were cruising around Mel’s Drive-In, and fifty years after its original screen debut, you too can relive what it was like to celebrate your last summer before adulthood. Fans of Barbie will be delighted to know that Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, Lady Bird, is also back in theaters for National Cinema Day. For its twentieth anniversary, the highly acclaimed South Korean neo-noir action thriller Oldboy also returns to the screen on August 27.

AMC Theatres

The savings don’t stop at just the $4 movie tickets! In addition to offering their Dolby Cinema, IMAX, and RealD 3D screens at the discounted rate, participating AMC Theatres locations are also offering guests a discount on select concession items. Exclusively on August 27, small fountain drink and popcorn combos are just $5. Have your concessions ready when you arrive at the theater by pre-ordering through Atom!


What goes with a movie better than a nice, tasty treat? A delicious snack is made even better when it comes at a discount. Cinemark is offering movie fans an exclusive discount on select concession items, only available on August 27. Before you step into your auditorium, make sure you stop by the concession counter to pick up any size popcorn, soda, or candy for $1 off.


Exclusively at Emagine locations, all loyalty members receive double the points on their purchase, so make sure you have your Emagine Rewards account connected prior to completing your purchase online! And the movie tickets aren’t the only thing that’s $4 on National Cinema Day. At participating Emagine locations, you can load up on discounted concession items, including a $4 small popcorn, small drink, hot dog, cotton candy, and kid packs. Have your concessions ready when you arrive at the theater by pre-ordering through Atom!

Other theater chains participating in National Cinema Day include Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, B&B Theatres, Classic Cinemas, Landmark Theatres, Showcase Cinemas, and more. Be sure to take advantage of the great savings that National Cinema Day has to offer at your favorite local theater on August 27. 

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