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Free Movie Stuff Which Is Better AMC Stubs Card Or Regal Crown Club?

Updated on November 18, 2012
Movie Rewards Programs
Movie Rewards Programs

The two largest movie theatre chains in the United States are Regal Cinemas and AMC Theaters.

Both Regal Cinemas and ACM Theatres offer rewards programs which can be used to get free movie tickets and concessions.

If you go to the movies on a fairly regular basis you should be using one or both of these rewards programs.

Regal Cinemas has over 7,000 screens and AMC isn’t far behind with almost 6,000 screens so odds are you likely live near one or both of these theatre chains.

So which theater chain offers the customer the better deal? Well let’s look at each rewards program individually.

Regal Crown Club Points

The Regal Crown club is the more complicated of the two.

You get points when you purchase movie tickets and can also get additional points for concessions. You get 1 point per dollar spent but you can max out.

For instance, you can only get 20 points max per day for movie ticket purchases and a max of 6 credits per day for concessions. The maximum points you can get on the Regal Crown Club program is 26 per day regardless of how much you spend.

Meaning if you buy $30 in movie tickets and another $20 in concessions you will not get 50 points you will only get 26 points.

The Regal Crown Club is however free.

Regal Crown Club Rewards

You get rewards every time you earn 50 points.

  • 50 points: Small Popcorn
  • 100 points: Small Drink
  • 150 points: Free Movie Ticket

AMC Stubs Reward Program

The AMC Stubs Rewards program has a yearly membership fee of $12.

You earn 1 point for every dollar spent on movie tickets or at the concession stand.

There is no maximum limit to the amount of points you can earn per trip. Meaning if you spend $30 on movie tickets and $20 on concessions you get 50 points, spend $80, you get 80 points.

AMC Stubs Rewards

The AMC Stubs Rewards program is the more, straight forward of the two rewards programs.

You get 1 point for every dollar spent at the theatre with no maximum limit and once you have earned 100 points you get a $10 reward coupon which you can use on anything you want at the theater; tickets or concessions.

Another added benefit with the AMC Stubs Reward Card is you get free upgrades on soda and popcorn.

For example, you can purchase a large popcorn for the price of a medium or a medium soda for the price of a small. This perk alone pretty much covers the $12 yearly AMC Stubs membership fee.

So Which Rewards Program Is Better?

Both the AMC and Regal Crown Club rewards programs come out to be worth about $40 per year in free items per individual. This is assuming an average ticket price of $8, purchasing a popcorn and drink and seeing two movies per month for a year.

The rewards will vary of course depending on if you go to the movies more or less than this but pretty much the return on these cards is roughly 9% of what you spend. Spend $100 on either programs and you will get about $9 in free stuff.

Although both programs are good, the AMC Stubs Rewards program is the clear winner for several reasons.

  • No maximum points per trip limit
  • Free upgrades on Soda and Popcorn
  • $10 rewards you can spend anyway you wish

Though the Regal Crown club is good, 2/3 of your rewards will either be popcorn or soda tickets and you may not want these items. With AMC rewards you can spend your $10 reward on Junior Mints if you wanted to.

Also, the maximum points of 20 on tickets and 6 on concessions becomes a real nuisance if attend movies with your family. A family of 4 could easily spend $50 with tickets and snacks and you would max out at only 26 points on the Regal Program, attend the same outing at an AMC theatre and you would earn 50 points.

For these reasons if you have the choice between attending movies at a Regal theatre or an AMC theater the AMC Stubs Rewards program is the better overall deal.


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