What’s better than cheap movie tickets? Free movie tickets, of course! This movie-tastic guide to free and cheaper movie tickets will definitely get you off your sofa and off to your nearest cinema.

Although most movie-goers can now stream movies or watch their favourite shows on Netflix, Astro, TV Box and cable TV, nothing beats a cinema experience. Surround sound. Bigger screens. Super comfy seats or beanie bags or plush couple sofas. Popcorn, soda and snacks galore.

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Going to the movies is still a welcome treat after a long, hard week at work. However, standard movie tickets at a regular cinema for a family of four can cost a bomb, even before you’ve bought the movie treats.

In fact, a couple’s movie date in the cinema’s premier lounge to impress your Bae can cost as much as gourmet meal in a fancy restaurant. How to avoid such a huge expense?

Read on and have no regrets on your next movie outing in Malaysia.

Free Movie Tickets With Cinema Memberships

There’s another reason to smile like a Hollywood star when your birthday arrives. Most major cinemas across Malaysia offer memberships that come with a wide range of perks and privileges for movie-goers. Moreover, some memberships are free. Best of all is the free movie tickets to be redeemed in your birthday month.

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First up is MBO Cinemas with their ALLSTARS card. Membership is free. And there is no monthly or annual fee. What do you get? Complimentary birthday movie tickets for 2 during your month for free list movies. In addition, members get a dedicated member’s ticketing lane. So, no more queues. Other perks include 10 Star Points for every RM1 spent on online purchases, at box office counters and concession counters. These points are redeemable for more free movie tickets or snacks and drinks, or movie merchandise.

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Movie freebie finders need to register online or walk into any MBO Cinemas counter for membership. The ALLSTARS card come in a variety of limited edition designs. So, pick your favourite movie to be your card cover. Card activation means online purchase of movie tickets and points redemption are only a click away.

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Next up is TGV Cinemas with their MovieClub Card. Membership will set you back RM30.00. However, members get 4 free movie tickets for the year. Upon signing-up, newbies can redeem 2 free movie tickets plus one regular popcorn set almost immediately. Then, another 2 free movie tickets come your way on members’ birthday month. Plus another regular popcorn set as your birthday treat.

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Best of all, members get invited to movie premieres and special screenings. So, you’ll get to watch your fave movie much earlier than the rest of the human race. Registration is online and your MovieClub card can be collected at any TGV Cinemas nearest you.

Finally, GSC Cinemas membership is free. The rewards that come with membership include 2 complimentary movie tickets on your birthday month. Next, members receive F&B vouchers as birthday treats and advance movie ticket sales to secure cinema seats ahead of others. Just as cool are the privileged access to special screenings and movie premieres.

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Cheaper Movie Tickets Are Possible

Among the largest and most popular cinema circuits in Malaysia are mmCineplexes, MBO Cinemas, TGV Cinemas and GSC Cinemas. In terms of location, accessibility, quality of movie experience, movie promotions and crowds of movie-goers, these cinemas take top spots.


As one of the fastest growing cinemas in Malaysia, mmCineplexes has a wide range of promotions for cheaper movie tickets. Simply seek them out. Firstly, the Students Price Promo offers students RM7.00 movie tickets every day, all year. Just flash a valid student ID and step in for a blockbuster time. Just as amazing is the Kids Special, where kids below 90 cm in height watch for free. Taller kids’ rates are at RM8.00 per movie ticket.

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Next is Ladies Movie Day where ladies only pay RM8.00 per movie ticket for all movies before 11.00pm on Tuesdays. Finally, seniors aged 55 years and above can enjoy the Senior Citizens Promo at RM7.00. Even cheaper is the Early Bird Special where movie tickets are priced at RM6.00 a pop for movies before 1.00pm. Do note that terms and conditions apply and movie promotions are not applicable for Platinum Movie Suites and 3D movies.

Not a student or kid or lady or senior or early riser? Then, purchase movie tickets online at mmCineplexes and take home up to 1.5% cashback via ShopBack. Look out for mmCineplexes vouchers and score even greater savings.

MBO Cinemas

Extraordinary cinematic experiences come true at MBO Cinemas with their modern hall concepts. Moreover, MBO Cinemas ALLSTARS members pay only RM9.00 for movies on Wednesday and you earn twice the Star Points.

Credit card tie-ins vary from time to time. Currently, the ongoing promo is with RHB Bank debit and credit cards. Movie tickets purchased via RHB cards enjoy the exclusive rate of RM8.00 every weekend. Better yet, this promo also applies to 2D and 3D adult standard movie tickets. Terms and conditions apply, and members are entitled to 2 movie tickets per card per day.

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Calling all fans of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies, the MBO Movie Card 2019 package gives better value for money. Priced at RM45.00, each MBO Movie Card can be used to redeem 3 different movies out of 9 upcoming movies from the famed movies franchise. The choices are Disney’s Dumbo, Aladdin, Pixar Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Artemis Fowl, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Frozen 2. Included in the range is Marvel Studios’ Avengers Endgame and Star Wars: Episode IX.

Surely cheaper than regular premiere tickets, this movie card package gives you privileged access to watch movie premieres before others do. Attractive extras are the limited edition Disney’s Dumbo pillow and a chance to win a free trip to Hong Kong Disneyland in the Movie Card contest.

TGV Cinemas

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Families with noisy kids will give a shout for joy at TGV Cinemas’ family-friendly movie halls. Movie tickets are priced at RM5.00 per tix for kids of all ages and heights, plus 2 accompanying parents or guardians. This applies to all family-friendly movies that are screened at selected times at TGV. Best of all, the family-friendly hall has its own connected washrooms and kids can scream their hearts out in the cinema.

TGV MovieClub members pay only RM10.00 per movie ticket. However, this promo only applies to MovieCard top pick of movies at selected locations. Simply buy movie tickets online, select the top pick movie of choice and proceed to payment.

Further, movie masters who make purchases via Masterpass by Mastercard on TGV Cinemas mobile app enjoy ticket prices as low as RM12.00 on weekdays, and RM14.00 on Fridays after 8pm, and the weekend.

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HSBC card members enjoy RM12.00 movie ticket deals on weekend all year long. All they have to do is pay via HSBC credit or debit card at TGV ticket counters.

Maybank card members pay only RM10.00 for standard movies. IMAX 2D movies are priced at RM20.00 and IMAX 3D movies with glasses are priced at RM24.00 per ticket. It applies for movies screened before 6.00 pm daily and purchases can be made online or at TGV counters.

Terms and conditions apply for every promotion. More details are available online.

GSC Cinemas

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Known for having one of the most promotions with credit cards, GSC Cinemas excels as a top choice for movie-goers. GSC Cinemas have their very own GSC Hong Leong Gold or Platinum credit card. Online payments for movie tickets made via this credit card get up to RM12.00 discount for 2 tickets. This applies for all movies, all day except Wednesday, at all halls. Plus card holders enjoy 10% off snacks and drinks at the concession counter.

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AmBank credit card holders get 1 free ticket for every movie ticket purchased. This applies to normal priced adult tickets on weekends only.

Standard Chartered VISA Infinite credit card or Priority Banking debit card also enjoy buy 1, free 1 on gold class or premiere class movie tickets for movie screenings on Fridays and weekends only.

Another perk for Citi Clear credit card holders is the 1-for-1 movie tickets for normal 2D movies every Friday.

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Just as exciting are the flat RM10.00 movie tickets every day except Wednesday for Standard Chartered JustOne Platinum credit card holders. This applies for movies after 1.00 pm and for normal 2D movies only at all halls.

Better yet, UOB YOLO credit card holders enjoy a flat RM5.00 on Fridays for adult normal tickets.

Terms and conditions apply for all promotions. And payments are to be made online via GSC website or GSC mobile app.

Journey To Movie Magic

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Got the movie tickets but not the transport sorted? Or worse, finding parking at the cinema is hazardous to your health? Travel in comfort and convenience with Grab. It would be way cheaper than expensive car park rates or cab rides. Just keep a lookout for the Grab promo codes and enjoy better discounts with every ride.

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*Note: The information presented in the article is correct at time of publishing and may be subject to changes without prior notice.