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|
|3D IMAX/3D Scene Xtreme||R148||R140|
Nu Metro and Ster-Kinekor both run programmes that offer discounts on tickets, as detailed in the table below.
|Ster-Kinekor||2D||3D||Cine Prestige (2D)||Cine Prestige (3D)||IMAX|
|Tuesday – Club||50% off||50% off||50% off||50% off||50% off|
|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|
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