Get cheaper movie ticket prices in one of SoCal's bargain theaters!
Are you looking for a fun family outing without spending a fortune? Heading to one of Southern California's discount movie theaters is a good way to take the entire family to a movie for bargain prices!
The bargain movie theaters on this page feature discount ticket prices between $1.50 and $6, with the average price being around $3 per ticket. In addition to these already-low prices, some theaters offer further discounts for matinee showtimes or for kids & senior's movie tickets.
How can these theaters charge so little? Because they show movies that aren't "new releases." The films in these theaters have already made the rounds of "first run" theaters...the megaplexes with the stadium seating and love-seat chairs. Once the crowds coming to see these films dwindles, then the movies head over to the bargain theaters...where new people are interested in seeing them, but only "if the price is right."
Bargain theaters are almost always older theaters...cinemas built before stadium seating became popular. (However, there are a FEW theaters on this list that are relatively new and have stadium seats.) This doesn't mean that cheaper theaters are necessarily old and decrepit. Stadium seating swept in like a tidal wave in the late '90's, leaving a number of nearly-new theaters outdated long before their time. And theaters built in the '80's or before? They're absolutely ancient history, even though the buildings themselves may be in good condition. If you don't like the bargain theater closest to your area, simply try a different one; you're sure to find one "nice enough" to meet your needs.
Families, in particular, benefit from using discount theaters. With the average movie ticket price in Southern California hovering around $10, a family of four simply can't enjoy an evening at the movies for under $50 (after buying popcorn.) That's a huge chunk of change...which the family could have used to buy several DVD's (or a new video game) which would have kept them entertained for a number of evenings. The presence of bargain theaters makes going out together lots easier on the wallet. The same family of four will often spend less than $15-$20 (after popcorn) when taking advantage of the cheaper ticket prices found at the list of discount theaters on this page. Going out together becomes fun again!
Southern California discount theater locations
Find bargain cinemas in LA County, Orange County, and other SoCal areas
Anaheim: Brookhurst Discount Cinemas: have unfortunately closed.
Brea: The Brea Plaza 5 Cinemas, address is 453 South Associated Road, Brea, CA 92821; phone number, 714-257-9377. Here's a link to check the Brea Plaza 5 Cinemas showtimes online. And, here's a Google map to the Brea Plaza 5 Cinemas to help you find this location. Hint: it's directly across the freeway from the Brea Mall; you may use the Imperial Hwy exit from the 57 Freeway, if you like.
Lancaster: Cinemark 12 Theaters, address is 44790 Valley Central Way, Lancaster, CA 93534. Check the showtimes of the Lancaster Cinemark discount theater here, if you wish. You may view the upcoming Google map to this discount Cinemark location if you're unfamiliar with the area. The Lancaster Cinemark discount theater's phone number is 1-800-FANDANGO, express code 1438 (to hear a list of movies currently playing, along with their showtimes.)
Moreno Valley: Regency Towngate Theater, address is 12625 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Directions: from the 60 Freeway, take the Frederick St exit and head south; this address is in a shopping center just east of the Moreno Valley Mall. Here's a Google map to the Towngate Theater for your convenience. The Regency Towngate discount theater's phone number is 951-653-5500. Or, to check via the internet, here's a link to the Regency Towngate movie listings and showtimes.
Norwalk: Regency Norwalk 8 Cinemas, address is 13917 Pioneer Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650. There are a number of good ways to reach this theater, depending on the freeway you'll be using. Here's a Google map to the Regency Norwalk 8 Cinemas so you can plan the most convenient route from your starting point. The Norwalk Regency 8 Cinema's phone number is 562-804-5615. Or, you may check the Norwalk Regency 8 showtimes here.
Santa Ana: Picture Show Theater, address at the Westfield Main Place Mall is 2800 Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Directions: from I-5, take the Main St exit and head north 1 block on Main to the mall's entrance. Park near the mall's rear entrance to be closer to the theater. You may use the upcoming Google map to the Main Place Mall to help you find your way. The Picture Show Theater's phone number is 714-836-7469. Or if you'd rather, you may check the Picture Show Theater's show schedule online.
Temecula: Temeku Discount Cinema, address is 26463 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA 92591. Directions: from I-15, take the Winchester Rd exit, then turn right onto Ynez Road. This location is in a shopping center just west of the Promenade in Temecula Mall. Google map to the Temeku Theater to help you find your way. The Temecu discount theater's phone number is 951-296-9728. Or, you may check the Temeku theater showtimes here.
Ventura: Regency Buenaventura 6 Theaters, address is 1440 Eastman Ave, Ventura, CA 93003. Directions: from the 101 Freeway, take the Telephone Road exit. This location is in the same shopping center as the Chuck E Cheese Pizza restaurant. You may refer to the following Google map to this Regency theater for your convenience. Here are the Regency discount theater show times. The Regency Buenaventura discount theater's phone number is (805) 658-6544.