Wednesday, January 10, 2007


This page is designed to compile all known ways to attend a free advanced movie screening, both online and offline. If you live in Cincinnati and know of other providers or offers in your area, please leave a comment and help us out.

General Providers

When you attend enough advanced screenings, you start to notice that the same providers keep sponsoring them. So it's in your interest to find out more about these providers.

1. Local Radio

Generally, local radio stations can give out screening passes six ways:
  • Listen to win: "Our 29th caller gets tickets for two to see.."
  • Pass pick-up: "Drop by our station office and pick up passes..."
  • Expo or festival: "Stop by our booth and be sure to grab tix..."
  • Follow the van: "Our wacky afternoon DJ has driven the prize van over to some local business and is giving away free hot dogs and movie passes!"
  • Point system: "Join our listeners club, and when you earn enough points..."
  • Online contests: "Enter by Monday. We'll select five winners then to attend..."
In the past, screenings have appeared at 700 WLW, 102.7 WEBN, and Kiss 107.

Feel free to find other local stations by using Radio Locator or your favorite Internet search engine.

2. Local Print

The Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Post share an online portal:, whose giveaways page will often include a movie sneak.

You should also look for any weekly or community papers that you might find in libraries or in colorful boxes along city sidewalks. CityBeat has a promotions page that may include up to four screenings.
And don't forget to check the print edition to see if any additional movies are offered.

3. Local TV

Channel 38 usually has at least one screening at any given time. FOX 19 has a movie pass contest every month or so. NBC 5 and My64 TV have movie-related prizes, but not screenings. Finally there's ABC 9, CBS 12, and The CW.

4. Local Internet

We haven't found a screening website that's based in Cincinnati and is not already listed above. Let us know if there are any.

5. Regional and National Internet

Movie Jungle, which is based out of Lexington, spreads into other cities in the Midwest, including Cincinnati.

ZipScene addresses Cincinnati and a few other cities. The front page has a Movie of the Week feature, where you win passes.

Film Metro has gone national and may offer screenings just about anywhere. Take a look and see if your city is included.

Be sure to check the national forums at Fat Wallet and Slick Deals as well. THE MOVIE OUTSIDER has a representative that posts offers on each of those forums, and compiles a list of screenings by city that links back to here. More importantly, other members in the forums will relay info about multi-city screenings sponsored by the movie studios and PR firms. Use these sites in tandem, and you'll get about as much publicly available information as possible.

Specific Offers

27 DRESSES (otherwise opens January 11) screening
Thursday, Jan. 10, time and location unknown

THE BUCKET LIST (already in limited release)

CityBeat screening
Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7:30pm in AMC Newport on the Levee

CLOVERFIELD (otherwise opens January 18)

CityBeat screening
Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:30pm, location unknown


CityBeat screening
Thursday, Jan. 10 at (time unknown) in the Esquire

FIRST SUNDAY (otherwise opens January 11)

Channel 38 screening
Wednesday, Jan. 9, time and location unknown

THE ORPHANAGE (already in limited release)

CityBeat screening
Wednesday, Jan. 9 at (time unknown) in the Esquire