Our list of cheap movie theaters in the Twin Cities was born out of necessity. As a family of six we have attended one — count it, one — movie together in an actual movie theater. After factoring in even matinee ticket prices, a jumbo tub of popcorn and a box of Milk Duds, it’s just too tough to justify the splurge when we can cozy up at home with Netflix and a couple bags of microwaved ‘corn.
Our Favorite Cheap Movie Theater in Minneapolis
I am not immune, however, to the somewhat throwback charm of the big screens. I spent half of high school selling tickets and popping corn at a second-run cineplex and loved (almost) every minute of it. So between the nostalgia and the obvious need for a bargain, when our family members head out to the movies, we look no further than the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. You can’t beat the ticket prices or the fresh popcorn with real butter! The prices for treat deals will make a large family cry tears of joy, as well. Plus, the ambiance — 50’s era living room decor and an enormous screening room with comfy stadium seating — is half the fun.
Riverview Theater Current Prices:
Following their re-opening in 2021, the Riverview was not able to continue with their second-run-movie model because of changes in distribution and streaming. Prices are currently a very affordable $5 for kids and seniors and $7 for adult evening tickets. Matinees are $5 for everyone. The theater hopes to return to second run films and lower prices as things return to normal.
Deal: Sign up for the Riverview’s newsletter because they often offer FREE screenings for kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These screenings are open to everyone but require pre-registration and are not widely advertised.
Family Fun Bonus: If you are looking for nearby movie theatre popcorn that you can take home, the Riverview continues to sell discounted Popcorn To-Go any time they are open.
Other Twin Cities Movie Theaters with Cheap Flicks
With a couple exceptions, most cheap movie theaters are open in Minnesota. Here are some other cheap movie theaters around town where you can get cheap Seats for kid’s flicks, catch a bargain on a family movie or otherwise enjoy a couple hours with your young ones:
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the Twin Cities Alamo currently offers much in the way of family movies. However, because they do offer kid-friendly nationally, this could change and is worth checking.
Deal: $5 Tuesdays
Locations: Apple Valley, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, Edina, Inver Grove Heights, Mankato, Maple Grove, Mounds View, Roseville
Deals: Every day before 5pm, tickets are 30% OFF the evening price; $5 Fan Faves (movie classics)
Other Family Friendly Offerings: Sensory Friendly Screenings.
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Locations: Mall of America, Bloomington
Deal: Sign up for the Free Back-Stage Pass Program to get discounted tickets – including $5 Tuesday Tickets with a free small popcorn.
Other Family Friendly Offerings: Sensory Friendly Films, Birthday Party Packages.
Locations: Delano, Eagan, East Bethel, Lakeville, Monticello, Rogers, Waconia, White Bear & Willow Creek (Plymouth)
Deal: $5 Tuesdays, all ages and all day.
Other Family Friendly Offerings: Sensory Friendly showings at Rogers & Lakeville locations.
Locations: Elk River, Hastings, Oakdale, Rosemount, Shakopee and Southbridge Crossing (Shakopee)
Deals: $5 tickets for all on Tuesdays, plus free complimentary-size popcorn for Magical Movie Rewards Members; $6 tickets for students of all ages and school faculty on Thursdays, plus free complimentary-size popcorn. Join Magical Movie Rewards for free popcorn on Tuesdays and other concession specials.
Other Family Friendly Offerings: Reel Movies for Real Needs special needs showings, regular family and kid-friendly events and series.
Locations: Champlin (Offers a drive in in parking lot plus indoor theaters); St Paul (Grandview & Highland locations); Plymouth
Deals: Both St. Paul locations offer movies for just $5 all day
Location: New Hope
Deals: Tickets always $3-$4/pp and only $2 on “Throw Back” Movies
Other Family Friendly Offerings: Birthday Parties.
Location: Maplewood – Currently Closed.
Location: St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis
Deals: Tuesdays: $5 tickets and $3 soda or popcorn
Other Family Friendly Offerings: We love to explore the Stone Arch Bridge are to stretch our legs after the film.
Location: St. Michael
Deals: Matinees $5 all ages daily, kids always $5
Deals: Bargain Wednesdays: $5 tickets & $5 kids trays.
Cheap Movie Theater Treat for the Teens & Parents
The Lagoon Cinema in Uptown maintains a “sophisticated adult-oriented atmosphere”. They are also likely to carry independent and foreign films that you might not be able to find elsewhere. We loved discovering new films here as young adults, but there are rarely offerings for little kids.
Location: Uptown, Minneapolis
Deals: $7 Tuesdays
Have any to add to the list of discount theaters? Do any dollar theaters still exist? Drop us a line and let us know!
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Prices last verified 08/17/2021.