Cheap Tickets, Popcorn and Soda at Regal Theaters!


Damien says, “What do you mean I’m too young for cheap popcorn?”

You  know, I really hate to shill–I’m not a salesman, I’m an artiste. But indulge me this one time, because it’s one of those rare instances where art, promotion, and savings align–like those converging stars in The Omen that portend the coming of the Antichrist, only in this case we’re not talking about the Seed of Satan, but about discounted tickets, popcorn and soda at Regal Movie Theaters.

Here’s the deal: Click here to go to the Regal Entertainment page at and click on the “Find Tickets” button. You’ll find a Regal theater near you that sells online tickets any screening for just $8. And when you get to the theater snack bar, show your AARP card and free Regal Crown Card (apply here) and you’ll get $3 off any drink/popcorn condo.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed over the past few years that soft drinks at movie theaters are priced generally two to three dollars more per gallon than gasoline. And at the theaters here in DC, at least, they’ve posted armed guards next to the popcorn machines.  This is an average 33 percent discount, which means you can ingest one-third more empty calories for roughly the same money as before. That’s probably not what AARP has in mind, of course, so maybe you’ll want to wash that stuff down with some prune juice.

For me, especially, this is particularly good news, because even though I get to see movies for free as a movie critic, I have never been able to shake my longstanding impulse to sneak food into movie theaters. When I lived in Palm Beach, Florida, there was an Arby’s right across the street from my favorite theater, and before a show I’d run over there and buy a Beef-and-Cheddar sandwich, which as you probably know was personally created by God on the Eighth Day. I’d stuff the sandwich in my jacket pocket, and once safely inside with the lights down, open it up. Of course, at that point the jig was up, because the scent of melted cheese on hot, spiced roast beef on a warm onion roll would immediately waft its way to every corner of the theater, like fast-food incense.

Enjoy your movie and popcorn (you’ll make back your AARP dues in just a couple of trips to the movies!), but please, if you’re sitting behind me, try not to spill it down the back of my shirt.

PHOTO: Twentieth Century-Fox

pl5293 5pts

Sorry the regal deal is a scam, at least in the Salisbury, MD  Regal theaters. We made our regular weekly visit to the movies Saturday prepared  with our new AARP card to obtain that great popcorn/soda deal advertized on cards on the the registers there.

We were told that the AARP card was not enough for the deal, we needed to also have a Regal card too. which we don't have. I pointed out that the sign says only an AARP card for the discount and he said that was their policy.

Not to miss the movie or make a scene, we went on to the movies...just another dissatisfied customer. My 1st impression of the AARP discount feature leave me suspect that other "deals" also have strings attached too....probably going to ask for our membership refunded...Paul

pn3471 5pts

@pl5293 i called to inquire about aarp discounts at the threater and the person i spoke to was rude and didn't even know what aarp was so much for that

AARPBettyCM moderator 5pts

@pl5293 We are sorry you had not been told earlier, but, the theater does require their discount card, and the AARP card. It is still, though , a very good deal. In our member benefits , for entertainment it states:

Save $3 off any size popcorn and soft drink combo!
Members receive $3 off a small or larger popcorn and soft drink combo. Members must also be a Regal Crown Club member and show both their AARP membership card and their Regal Crown Club card at the time of purchase.