It’s a sad state of affairs when a trip to the movie theater becomes something you have to actively work into your budget.
The classic “cheap” date — or answer to your 16-year-old, Tuesday-night boredom — has become anything but.
Ticket prices are at an all-time high, and that’s before you even hit the concession stand. And obviously, a trip to the movies just isn’t a trip to the movies without a giant bag of greasy, over-salted popcorn carrying a 700% markup.
But if you’re a teenager looking for some cheap, salty thrills, this might just be your weekend.
AMC Theatres is offering teenagers a 21-ounce fountain drink and a 53-ounce bag of popcorn for just $5 this weekend — about what you might expect to pay if movie theater prices were actually reasonable.
Get AMC Popcorn for Just $5 This Weekend
Taking advantage of the deal is super simple — just click here and enter your birthdate to receive the “#cupgrade” coupon, which you can save to your mobile device as an image.
Then, show it to the friendly person (who’s probably also a teenager) behind the concession stand, and bask in the glory of paying what you might have circa 2009 for your snacks.
Wait… you’re old enough to remember 2009, right?
This Deal Ends Soon, Just Like Your Glory Years
The deal expires on Aug. 14, and the $5 price doesn’t include tax. It’s also not redeemable at AMC Dine-In Theatre locations.
Oh, and one more quick caveat: Bring some age-bearing ID with you to the theater.
I entered my own birthday into the tool and was able to download the coupon, and it’s been several more years than I’d like since I could call myself a teenager. (The fine print specifies student ID, although you can definitely be a student well beyond teenager-dom.)
But despite my 1980s vintage, I’m totally still going to give it a shot. I mean, I only have a few gray hairs…
Your Turn: What are you seeing in theaters this weekend?
Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder who’d hit the theater much more often if it wasn’t so darn expensive. Her writing has also been featured at The Write Life, Word Riot, Nashville Review and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.