Movie ticket prices in South Africa – Ster-Kinekor vs Nu Metro

Going out to a cinema to watch a movie is not cheap, but it can offer a unique experience in addition to instant access to the latest movies.

There are a variety of cinema types available from both Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro, which include Prestige lounge cinemas and 4D experiences, along with standard 2D and 3D movies.

Prices for these cinemas vary, and both Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro periodically adjust their pricing across the board to account for inflation and other factors.

Different cinemas across the country also feature different pricing and can be organised into rough tiers.

Ster-Kinekor historically used the “Classic” and “Junction” labels to differentiate between its cinema pricing tiers, but it has halted this practice – although signs bearing these terms may still be seen outside some malls in South Africa.

Nu Metro also offers different pricing based on undefined cinema tiers, meaning you could find a standard 2D movie ticket much cheaper at one cinema than another.

Ster-Kinekor vs Nu Metro

We compared pricing information from various Nu Metro and Ster-Kinekor cinemas around South Africa to provide a current overview of movie ticket pricing in the country.

Across almost all cinema types and screenings, Ster-Kinekor was slightly more expensive than Nu Metro.

The most common comparison relevant to regular movie-goers would be the Standard 2D and Standard 3D tickets, which are the most common screening types across urban malls.

It should be noted that mid-tier and cheaper tickets may vary depending on the cinema in questions.

Below are the latest movie ticket prices from Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro.

Ticket Prices Ster-Kinekor Nu Metro
D-Box/4DX R135 R190
3D IMAX/3D Scene Xtreme R148 R140
Prestige/VIP R161 R150
Standard 3D R111 R105
Standard 2D R87 R85
Mid-tier 3D R83 R74
Cheapest 2D R38 R39

Discounts

Nu Metro and Ster-Kinekor both run programmes that offer discounts on tickets, as detailed in the table below.

Cinema Discounts
Ster-Kinekor 2D 3D Cine Prestige (2D) Cine Prestige (3D) IMAX
TuesdayClub 50% off 50% off 50% off 50% off 50% off
Edgars R27-R48 R30-R65 R96 R96 R93
Discovery Vitality R17.50-R42.50 R26-R53.50 R106.50 R106.50 R98.25
Pick n Pay Smart Shopper R30 (3,000 points)
Standard Bank Buy 4 tickets with gold credit card (or higher) and pay for 3
Nu Metro 2D 3D Scene VIP (2D) Scene VIP (3D) Scene Xtreme
Momentum Multiply R30-R34 R47-R55 R66-R70 R77-R81 R77-R81
Sanlam Reality R25 R45
Absa Rewards R43 R54 R55 R63 R65

The following must be noted with regards to the discount values above:

  • Momentum Multiply – Discounts vary depending on your status in the programme.
  • Sanlam Reality – Buy a medium popcorn and drink for R30 with every discounted ticket. Excludes Scene Xtreme, VIP, and 4DX.
  • SK Club – 50% off one movie ticket on Tuesdays, including 3D movies, Cine Prestige, IMAX, and movies in their first week of release.
  • Edgars Club – Maximum of two tickets per member, per day.
  • Absa – Exchange Rewards cash for movie tickets at a discounted price. Includes up to 12 standard 2D or 3D Nu Metro tickets per year, 2 Scene VIP tickets, and 2 Scene Xtreme movies.

Nu Metro also offers “Wowza Wednesday” discounted rates on all regular 2D, 3D and Xtreme ticket prices for all viewers on Wednesdays. These are listed below:

  • Regular 2D – R60
  • Regular 3D – R70
  • Xtreme – R90

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