“Cinema is the greatest mirror of human struggle. You see this alternative world, but you’re part of it. Everybody is part of it. This is our world,” ~ Lav Diaz.
Spending time watching movies, either at home or at the cinema, is easily one of Malaysia’s favourite pastime. It’s the ultimate form of escapism. Our geographical location and cultural diversity also make for a wide array of film choices at our disposal. We are exposed to features beyond Hollywood releases and are served with Malay, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Tamil, Japanese, and Korean movies too.
However, in an effort to save money, some movie buffs have gone against the law in trying to satisfy their love for films. Yes, we would like to state that illegal downloads and pirated DVDs are indeed a crime!
Fret not, save some money on movies by following these tips
1. Discover the world for free!
If you are a genuine fan of cinema, then you’ll probably agree that good movies are not limited to those produced in Hollywood. In fact, that’s a reason why the place known as “Tinseltown” keeps remaking films from other countries. The good news is that not only can you watch quality foreign movies in Kuala Lumpur on a regular basis, but for a totally FREE admission price too!
The Weekend Japanese Film Show, for example, brings you popular and award-winning Japanese movies on a bi-monthly basis. Organised by The Japanese Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) for more than a decade, it currently takes place at GSC Nu Sentral.
The European Union National Institute for Culture (EUNIC) Malaysia also hosts a similar program through its “Europe in Cinema” series. Happening on a monthly basis at a selected GSC theatre, it screens high-quality feature films dealing with relevant issues in European societies.
2. Loyalty pays off!
While doing our research for this article, we were surprised to find out that many movie buffs still purchase their tickets the old-fashioned way. They queued up at the cinema a few minutes before showtime. By purchasing your tickets online, you not only get to save time but also ensure you don’t miss out on your preferred seats.
Of course, online purchases usually require you to become a member of a specific cinema chain. They do, however, come with plenty additional privileges too.
TGV Movie Club, for example, offers two free movie tickets and a popcorn set when you sign-up and again during your birthday month. Every transaction you make will also earn you “MovieMoney” which you can accumulate and redeem. Other perks include special screenings, advanced ticket sales, and personalised e-newsletters.
3. Your flexible friend
Major credit cards usually have special promotions where you get to purchase movie tickets and concession items at a discounted price. The cinema isn’t the only place where you can get discounts. Credit cards provide privileges for almost all your spending needs.
Not sure which credit card to get? Our blog article 4 Lesser-Known Tips to Get The Best Credit Card in Malaysia (For You) might help you decide.
4. Early bird gets the worm
This tip is pretty well-known but rarely applied. Whenever possible, go for the early screening time as the admission price is cheaper.
5. Fill your stomach
Not many know this but cinema chains only take a small percentage of the ticket sales. After taxes, they have to share the amount with the movie studio and distributors. That is the reason why their snacks are incredibly overpriced as this is where they get better profits.
However, we realise it’s hard to say no to those tubs of popcorn. The solution, of course, is to have a satisfying meal beforehand. A full stomach makes it easier to ward off temptation.
6. Go straight ahead
The majority of moviegoers prefer to book seats at the back rows of a hall. The reason for this stems from the fact that the layout of old cinema halls caused people sitting in the front to have annoying viewing angles. Watching a movie here required people to tilt their heads upwards.
However, most modern cinema halls have eliminated this problem. The viewing angles from the front rows are much more comfortable nowadays. Plus, the screen also appears larger when sat there. Furthermore, some cinema chains actually price their tickets at a cheaper price for these front row seats. That means more saved money for us.
7. It pays to get fit
If you happen to be both a movie lover and a fitness enthusiast, then you’re in for a treat! AIA Vitality is a unique health and insurance programme that actively motivates and rewards you for getting fit.
They have a weekly challenge where members receive a reward every time you achieve your weekly target for 2 consecutive weeks! Whether it’s running, walking, clocking a workout or joining organised fitness events, you will need to accumulate 250 physical activity points. Amongst the rewards that you can choose from is free movie tickets!
8. Life in the fast lane
Did you know that you can redeem your movie ticket for free parking time in certain shopping malls? Well, you do know!
9. Sharing is caring
There are multiple streaming sites like Netflix, iFlix and Viu which offer a wide variety of movies and TV shows. They usually come with package options that allow you to watch on multiple screens or devices at the same time. This makes it possible for you to share the monthly fee with friends and family.