With both independent cinemas and multiplex chains offering a range of different memberships for the discerning cinema-goer, you can find many options for getting to the cinema regularly and with cost savings. However for most, memberships with Odeon or Cineworld provide the benefits most wanted from a cinema loyalty scheme thanks to the sheer numbers of venues available in the UK.

In Part One, we have listed a breakdown of Odeon Limitless, Cineworld Unlimited and Curzon memberships to demonstrate how the numbers stack up from a cost and benefits point of view. In Part Two we will discuss the Everyman and Picturehouse memberships and look at which scheme from the top 5 chains, is the best value for money.

Remember, the most important factors for any cinema loyalty scheme is how often you will use it and if you can commit to just one cinema or cinema chain to make it worthwhile.

So starting with Odeon…

Odeon Cinemas:

Odeon Cinemas are the UK’s largest cinema chain with over 120 cinemas in England,Scotland and Wales, from single screens to multiplexes. For more information on the chain, what’s on or the location of your nearest Odeon cinema, our Odeon page has everything you need.

Odeon Limitless

  • Cost (outside London): £17.99 a month / £215.88 a year
  • Cost (inc Central London): £19.99 a month / £239.88 a year
  • Minimum membership: 12 months
  • Annual discount: 5% if paid in full
  • How to join: At the cinema or via the Odeon website

What do you receive for your membership?

You are able to see as many 2D films as you wish although extras such as 3D or IMAX formats require a small additional payment to upgrade. Unfortunately your Limitless card can’t be used in conjunction with Meerkat Movies to get another free ticket.

There are also sporadic invitations to free preview screenings and importantly for some, there’s a 10% discount on food and drinks.

Is Odeon’s Limitless offering good value?

Broken down, if you go to Odeon once a week using your Limitless card, an individual ticket works out as just £4.15 (£4.61 in central London). This is great value! However you would need to go 52 times in the year which let’s face it, is highly unlikely even for the biggest cinephile. If you went for a more realistic 40 times in a year, which works out at three films every four weeks then an individual ticket works out at a very reasonable £5.40 (£6 in central London).

The caveat with this is that this depends entirely on the price of entry at your local Odeon and it can be possible to get cheaper tickets thanks to Meerkat Movies (more on this later).

Cineworld Cinemas:

Cineworld Cinemas are the UK’s second largest cinema chain with over 80 cinemas in England,Scotland and Wales. Alongside it’s sister cinema network, Picturehouse Cinemas, it firmly competes against Odeon for the UK’s favourite cinema chain. For more information on the chain, what’s on or the location of your nearest Cineworld cinema, our Cineworld page has everything you need.

Cineworld Unlimited

  • Cost (outside London): £17.90 a month / £214.80 a year
  • Cost (inc Central London): £20.40 a month / £244.80 a year
  • Minimum membership: 12 months
  • Annual discount: Recommend a friend to get a free month each, or use Clubcard points
  • How to join: At the cinema, via Tesco Clubcard or via the Cineworld website

What do you receive for your membership?

Just like Odeon Limitless, you are able to see as many 2D films as you wish although extras such as 3D or IMAX formats require a small additional payment to upgrade. However if you continue your Unlimited membership into a second year, 3D becomes included in your standard membership price. This is a differentiator to Odeon’s offering.

Similarly, with Unlimited, you can get another free ticket with Meerkat Movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays which is a great benefit for taking friends to see the latest Marvel instalment.

You also get the chance to see free previews and there’s a 10% discount on food and drinks, going up to 25% in year two. You can’t sniff at that!

Is Cineworld’s Unlimited offering good value?

Cineworld’s loyalty scheme is clearly good value for a keen cinema goer. It offers more benefits than Odeon’s Limitless scheme, especially as you can combine your free ticket with Meerkat Movies.

With this in mind, if you visited a Cineworld on a Tuesday or Wednesday to take advantage of Meerkat’s two for one offer, you’ll pay just £3.06 a ticket in London, based on a more realistic 40 visits. Outside of London, that takes an individual ticket price to an awesome £2.96 outside London. If you doubled those ticket prices for the other days of the week when Meerkat Movies offer was not available, then it still work’s out as decent value for money.

Curzon Cinemas:

Curzon Cinemas are a small Independent Arthouse cinema network with 16 cinemas. For more information on the chain, what’s on or the location of your nearest Curzon cinema, our Curzon page has everything you need.

Curzon’s Membership

Split into three options here:

  • Cost (Classic): £65 a year (all cinemas) / £50 a year (non-London)
  • Cost (Cult): £350 a year (all cinemas) / £200 a year (non-London)
  • Cost (Complete): £950 a year (all cinemas) / £600 a year (non-London)
  • Minimum membership: 12 months
  • Annual discount: None
  • How to join: At the cinema or via the Curzon website

What do you receive for your membership?

There is an entry-level membership called “Classic” that includes four free tickets and then further discounts for you and a guest. The next tier of membership is called “Cult” and that offers free entry to as many films as you want (similar to Odeon and Cineworld). The top-tier membership  “Complete” is based on a cost for two people and unlimited free tickets include events such as theatre and opera screenings. Similarly to Odeon and Cineworld, Curzon also offers a 10% discount on food and drink with all three membership levels but it doesn’t accept Meerkat Movies.

Is Curzon’s Membership offering good value?

Sticking with our 40 times formula, the “Cult” membership tier works out as £8.75 a ticket in London. That’s more than other chains however if you are more of an Arthouse aficionado versus a mainstream movie addict, this could be a competitive price for more relevant film programming.  If you’re based outside London then the same number of cinema visits take an individual cinema ticket to a more reasonable £5 a ticket. The next tier of membership, “Complete” is by far the most expensive option so far. Even with all the benefits brought by the membership, film programme and the familiar Curzon cinema environment, it’s still hard to justify the price.

In Part Two we will discuss the Everyman and Picturehouse memberships and look at which scheme from the top 5 chains, is the best value for money. Plus the other ways to cheaply get to the cinema on a regular basis!

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