Going to Cinema and Theatre in London can be pricey, especially if you go at peak times (evenings and weekends). But, there are plenty of ways to save money with discounted tickets, cheap days, online vouchers and Pay What You Can Events. But if you’re a regular cinema or theatre goer – it might be with getting a membership. Here’s our guide to the best value theatre and cinema memberships in London.

How to decide which membership is worth it for you?

If you’re considering becoming a member or theatre membership, chances are you’re already going regularly. But how do you decide which venue deserves your loyalty and hard earned cash? More expensive memberships may feel as if they tie you to one specific venue, although there are plenty of chain memberships, and low-cost lifetime memberships if variety is your bag.

Membership schemes can come with other benefits too. Apart from access to free and discounted tickets, other perks include:

  • Priority booking
  • Members only events and screenings
  • Discounts on associate streaming services
  • Members spaces (cafés and bars)
  • Discounts off Food and drink

But if you’re mainly going to see occasional shows or big blockbuster movies, it’s worth noting that sites like TodayTix and TKTS will help you find lower cost seats. And cinema chain Vue sells £7.99 tickets every day, and it’s only slightly more in the West End at £9.99 There are also regular voucher code and discount schemes at Odeon, Cineworld and Vue including Meerkat Movies and O2 Priority.

The Lexi Cinema
The Lexi, Kensal Rise – a cinema and social enterprise. | Photo by Zute Lightfoot

Summary table of Cinema Memberships in London

MembershipTypeAnnual PriceFree TicketsDiscounted TicketsLondon CinemasOther perksLink
Odeon LimitlessBig Chain170unlimited 2110% off food and drinkclick here
EverymanLuxury Chain997Brigh a free guest on mondays1410% off food and drinkclick here
PicturehouseArthouse Chain905£3 off13Access to members bar and roof terrace, 10% off food and drinkclick here
CurzonLuxury Chain50520% off1010% off food and drinkclick here
BFIIndependent372up to £2 off210% off food and drink, No booking fees for BFI festivalsclick here
Prince Charles CinemaIndependent150£2.50+ off plus regular £1 screeningsLeicester Square15% off food and drink, local business discountsclick here
Art House Crouch EndIndependent / Arthouse25225% off225% off food and drinkclick here
The PhoenixIndependent353£2 offEast Finchley10% off food and drinkclick here
The Garden CinemaIndependent / Arthouse20 (lifetime)1£2 off, bi-weekly free screenings Covent GardenMembers' online communityclick here
The LexiIndependent353£2 offKensal Rise10% off food and drinkclick here
Rio CinemaIndependent / Arthouse302up to 20% offDalston15% off food and drinkclick here
The Castle CinemaIndependent302up to 20% off Clapton10% off food and drinkclick here
Regent Street CinemaIndependent852£2 offRegent Street15% off food and drinkclick here

Chain Cinema Memberships

The advantage of joining chain cinema is that you’re not tied into one venue, and (depending on your membership), you can make use of it outside of London too.

Odeon

Odeon has had a bit of an upgrade in recent years, and Odeon Luxe cinemas come with recliner seats. You can get cheap, and event (or even free) tickets via schemes like Meerkat Movies and the 02 Priority offers. But, at £14.99 a month (or £16.99 for the West End, where tickets can cost an eye-watering £27.00) Odeon’s limitless plan is pretty good value. If you want to see the latest films with your feet up, this is a very good option.

Cost: £14.99 – 16.99 a month
Where can I use it?: Any Odeon in the UK (apart from the West End for the cheapest membership)
Membership types: Free month minimum term
What you get: Unlimited film screenings, advance previews, 10% off food and drink.
Sign up link: click here

Everyman Cinema
Everyman Cinema | Photo by Johnny Stephens

Everyman

Everyman is London’s more expensive cinema chains, and you’re mostly paying for fancy interiors and very comfy sofa seating. These cinemas are great for date nights or seeing films with a long running time in comfort. These are luxury cinemas and the prices reflect that.

The cheapest membership gives you 7 free tickets a year, money off food and drinks and you can bring a guest for free on Mondays. The top-tier membership is a very steep £55.00 per month, but it gives you unlimited access for you and guests for a year. But considering a peak time ticket costs around £17.00, going once a week would be decent value.

Cost: From £99.00 per year
Where can I use it?: Everyman cinemas across the UK (London venues include Hampstead, King’s Cross, Muswell Hill and Screen on the Green, Islington)
Membership types: Three levels from £99.00£650.00 per year
Sign up link: click here

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Picturehouse

Like Everyman, Picturehouse has the style and programming of an indie cinema, but it’s a fairly large chain (owned by Cineworld), with venues across the UK as well as all over London. In London, there are two levels of adult membership: West End and London. The former come with the added perk access to the members bar and roof terrace of Picturehouse Central, which is a pretty nice spot for co-working , as well the members’ spaces in Finsbury Park and Fulham Road. and costs £90.00 per year. You can also sign in up to three guests to the members bars. The London membership is £62.00 per year, excluding Picturehouse Central. All memberships come with UK-wide discounts on tickets, priority booking, discounted food and drink and five free tickets a year.

Cost: £62.00£90.00 per year
Where can I use it?: Any Picture House in the UK (excluding Picturehouse Central unless you have a West End membership). Other London cinemas include Finsbury Park, Hackney, Dulwich and Ritzy in Brixton
Membership types:Adult, Student (full-time education), and Over 60s
What you get: At least 5 free tickets per year, discounted tickets, priority booking and for the London West End membership, access to the members bars at Picturehouse Central, Finsbury Park and Fulham Road.

Curzon

Curzon is the original of what we’ll call the ‘big three’ of luxury cinema chains. Curzon Soho and Curzon Mayfair which are both much-loved London cinemas. There are no member spaces with their memberships. But the public cafés and bars are great places to hang out. Aside from free and discounted tickets, one of the biggest perks is 20% of Curzon Home Cinema rentals. If you like beautiful independent cinemas and watching arthouse films at home, the Classic membership is great value for money.

Sign up link: click here

Cost: Annual fees of £50.00 (Classic local), £65.00 for Classic or £285.00 for Cult
Where can I use it: Any Curzon cinema in the UK for the Classic or Cult memberships.
Membership types: Under 25, Classic and Cult
What you get: Five free tickets a year (or a week if you get the Cult membership!), 20% off tickets for you and a guest, 20% off Curzon Home Cinema rentals, 10% off food and drink.

Cheapo tip: Look out for periodic discounts throughout the year,(such as Black Friday in November, and Christmas deals) where you might be able to save around 40% on an annual membership.

Independent Cinema Memberships

Buying memberships is a great way to support London’s arthouse and indie cinemas. If you’re a film buff, or want somewhere to watch a great indie films, cinema classics or non-English language film, check out these memberships

BFI

The British Film Institute is the home of UK cinema and hosts the London Film Festival and BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival each year. The BFI is the perfect place for cinephiles, with regular seasons of classic films, independent and experimental films as well as new releases. It’s also just a lovely place to hang out, with a beautiful bar area, library, and café. Some events sell out quickly, especially with special guests like Jackie Chan and Robert De Niro making an appearance, but members get priority booking.

Cost: £42.00 annual fee
Where can I use it?: The BFI Southbank and The BFI IMAX.
Membership types: Standard annual membership
What you get: Two free tickets a year, discounted tickets for members and up to three guests, exclusive events, priority bookings.
Sign up link: click here

Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square

The PCC is another legendary independent cinema in London It’s also one of the few cinemas where audience participation is encouraged, during select films at least. Often programming cult films (The Room screenings are notorious), quote- a-longs and even sing-a-longs – the Prince Charles Cinema is a raucous night at the movies. It’s also arguably the best value cinema membership in London. With an annual membership from £15.00 and lifetime membership for £60.00, it’s also a serious contender for the best value cinema membership in London. Member rewards include regular £1.00 screenings, discounts off tickets, and local business discounts.

The ArtHouse, Crouch End

The small, two-screen neighbourhood cinema, The Arthouse is a cosy place to catch independent, non-English language films, and as you might have guessed – arthouse cinema. But you can also catch the latest major releases, and the venue also hosts live music and comedy events too. Members get two free film tickets a year, plus discounts on other bookings and drinks and snacks.

Cost: £25.00£32.00 annual members
Where can I use it?: Art House Crouch End
Membership types: Annual or lifetime membership
What you get:Two free tickets, 25% off ticket bookings, 25% off drinks and snacks
Sign up link: click here

The Phoenix, East Finchley

North Londoners are spoilt for lovely cinemas. The Phoenix is one of the oldest cinemas in London, and shows new releases, independent films, arthouse films, classic films and special screenings. Locals can join as friends of the Phoenix with annual single or joint memberships.

Cost: £35.00 / £60.00 Join for a standard annual membership
Where can I use it?: The Phoenix, East Finchley
Membership types: Annual, multi-tier, single and joint
What you get: Three free tickets, discounted ticket booking, 10% off drinks and snacks
Sign up link: click here

The Garden Cinema, Covent Garden

Although it may be Art-Deco in style, The Garden Cinema is one of the newest independent cinemas in London. With a focus on arthouse and classic cinema, it’s also
currently offering the cheapest lifetime membership in London at just £20.00 Members get £2.00 off tickets, as well as bi-weekly screenings. There is a community aspect to The Garden Cinema too, with members only events and an online area to chat with other members and even suggest screenings.

Independent Cinema Honourable Mentions

The Lexi, Kensal Rise

The Lexi is a volunteer-run social enterprise cinema. The Lexi works with a charity in South Africa and programs a mixture of mainstream, art and scated to showing the best in independent and studio films.
Website

Cost: £20.00 lifetime membership
Where can I use it?: The Garden Cinema
Membership types: Lifetime
What you get: Free member screenings, discounted tickets, online community
Sign up link: click here

Theatre Memberships

Theatre memberships are arguably better for early access to popular shows, rather than big ticket discounts. But, if you’re a regular theatre goer, these are some of the best value membership schemes in London

Theatre Club

As the name suggests, Theatre Club is a member-club for different shows. It covers West End plays, musicals, fringe shows and comedies. Previous shows have included Pretty Woman: The Musical, Disney’s Frozen, Les Miserables, Hairspray and Leopoldstadt.
Members can access tickets for listed shows at lower rates.

Cost: From £30.00 or £50.00 annual
Where can I use it?: Multiple Theatre venues across London
Membership types: Annual, multi-level
What you get: Discounted tickets to select shows
Sign up link: click here

ATG Theatre Card

ATG runs many of the UK’s major commercial Theatres. If you see an ad for a big West End show, there’s a good chance it’s on at an ATG venue. So if you’re a Theatreland regular, this one might be for. You can make ticket savings on select shows, as well on booking fees or exchange fees if you need to switch a booking. And, as with most theatre memberships, priority access will help you to secure tickets to shows that are likely to sell out.

Cost: Annual £35.00 for Classic or £59.00 for Plus memberships
Where can I use it?: ATG venues
Membership types: Annual
What you get: Discounted tickets, savings on transaction fees, cloakroom pass, food and drink discounts

Central Tickets (Seat-filler membership)

Central Tickets is a seat-filling agency, where members get tickets to shows including plays, musicals and classical music concerts for as little as £4.50 to around

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