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How to Get Sneak Preview Movie Tickets

If the high price for tickets has soured your love of cinema, this guide will have you first in line to see the latest flicks without spending a dime.


  • Step 1: Move to a major city Move to a major city as studios give away sneak preview passes in areas with large, diverse populations.
  • Step 2: Get to know somebody important Rub elbows with important people at a radio or television station with access to sneak preview tickets and passes.
  • Step 3: Join studio mailing lists Join a studio mailing list as they will often offer sneak preview opportunities to specific demographics hoping to cash in on good word of mouth.
  • TIP: Universal Studios has a Sneak Previews Club that fans can join at their website.
  • Step 4: Start a blog Start a blog and write movie reviews. Studios contact critics with sneak preview opportunities in hopes of getting good reviews.
  • Step 5: Scan movie sites Scan popular movie sites that post blogs, reviews, and the latest news as they will often promote sneak preview opportunities for certain films.
  • TIP: Movie theaters will often list sneak preview times on their website.
  • Step 6: Work on a film Work on a film, even if you're at the bottom of the totem pole, to get an invite to the cast and crew screening before the official film premiere.
  • TIP: Cities that have movie studios will often have opportunities listed on job-search websites.
  • Step 7: Start your own theatre Buy and fix up an old cinema. Then get yourself invited to a sneak preview of the latest film with hopes it will be shown on your screen.
  • FACT: As of 2009, there were over 39,000 movie screens in the United States.

You Will Need

  • Important friends
  • Internet access
  • Job on a film set
  • Old cinema to run
  • Persistence

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