With some luck and pluck, you can see movies for free.
Step 1: Be a test screener Sign up to be a test screener by contacting Nielsen NRG MovieView. You’ll get to see movies before they’re officially released!
Step 2: Attend previews Sign up to attend film previews by contacting Film Metro and/or Campus Circle.
Step 3: Look for promoters Be on the lookout for film promoters outside your local theater, where they try to sign people up to be movie screeners. They are the pushy people holding colorful flyers who are trying to get your attention as you enter the theater, so don’t ignore them!
TIP: Theaters in shopping malls are good places to find studio representatives looking for test screeners.
Step 4: Scan newspapers Scan the arts and entertainment sections of your local newspapers, both daily and weekly, for ads regarding test screeners. This is where you’ll find news of 'sneak previews' as well; you’ll have to pay for one movie, but you’ll get the sneak peek free.
Step 5: Listen to the radio Listen to the radio; major stations often receive tickets to give away, especially for long-awaited blockbusters.
Step 6: Become a critic Become a film critic by writing for a small paper or website. Even if you don’t like the idea of having to write reviews, think of the free movies!
Step 7: Get a job at a theater Get a job at a movie theater. Now you’re on the inside—sit back and enjoy!
FACT: E.T. was supposed to die on Earth at the end of the film—until test audiences protested.