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Love going out to see movies?

Looking for a way to reduce the cost of going?

The offers the chance to earn SCENE points on all of your everyday purchases, as well as a large bonus at Cineplex itself.

Let’s dive in and see what this card has to offer:

The SCENE Points Program

SCENE is the loyalty program for Cineplex theatres and is a joint venture between Cineplex and Scotiabank. The following is what you can earn at Cineplex:

Cineplex Products SCENE Points You Can Earn with Purchase
General Admission Movie Ticket 125 points
Enhanced Movie Ticket 200 points
VIP Cinemas Movie Ticket 250 points
For every $1 you spend on your food and drink 5 points
SCENEtourage 50 bonus points
Digital movie purchases at the Cineplex Store for every $1 you spend 10 points

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How many SCENE points for a free movie?

The number of SCENE points you need for a free movie ticket ranges from 1,250 points for a free regular and 3D admission to 2,500 points for a full-blown VIP movie tickets. You also have the option to get a “Night Out” package that can cost as much a 6,000 points. Once you have enough points accrued, this is what you can redeem them for:

Rewards at Cineplex SCENE Points You Need to Redeem
General Admission and 3D Movie Ticket 1,250 points per ticket
$5 Off Your Food & Drink at the Movies 500 points = $5 off
Free General Night Out Package which includes 2 general admission or 3D tickets, 2 drinks and 1 regular popcorn 3,500 points each
Enhanced Movie Ticket 2,000 points per ticket
VIP Cinemas Movie Ticket 2,000 points per ticket
Free Enhanced Night Out Package which includes 2 premium tickets (UltraAVX, IMAX and D-Box), 2 drinks and 1 regular popcorn) 5,000 points each
Free VIP Night Out Package which includes 2 VIP tickets, 2 regular drinks and 1 regular popcorn 6,000 points each
(Child) Free General or 3D Night Out Package which includes 1 kids general admission ticket and 1 kids concession combo 1,750 points per ticket
(Child) Free Enhanced Night Out Package 2,500 points per ticket
Free Digital Movie Downloads 1,000 points = $10 off

Related: Cineplex SCENE Program Changes ‒ Effective April 17, 2019

You can get free food too…

Even better? Cineplex is not the only place you can earn and redeem SCENE points…

There’s also SCENE points for restaurants including a number of Cara restaurants, where you could earn varying numbers of points, depending on the current offers. These include:

  • Harvey’s
  • Swiss Chalet
  • East Side Mario’s
  • Kelsey’s
  • Milestones
  • Montana’s

In addition to the Scotiabank credit cards, they also offer a banking plan that includes a SCENE branded debit card ‒ which offers 1 point for every $5 you spend using your card and 1 point for every dollar at Cineplex. (For more detailed information, full program details can be reviewed here.)

The Scotiabank SCENE Visa Cards

The Scotiabank SCENE Visa is the loyalty program’s credit card. Use this card to accumulate SCENE points on every purchase. There is also a student version of the card, with the exact same earn rates but a different welcome bonus. This is what you will earn:

  • 1 point per dollar spent,
  • 5 points per dollar spent at Cineplex theatres and online, and
  • a welcome bonus of 2,500 points when you spend $500 in the first 3 months (the student version has a welcome bonus of 1,250 points after the first purchase).

All for no annual fee. However, keep in mind, there is no insurance coverage provided with this card.

So with these earn rates, how much can you expect to save? We already have the answer for movie snacks and Cara restaurants:

1 point = 1 cent

But what about movie tickets?

We know how many points it takes to get free tickets, but to put a dollar value on it we need to determine what a point may be worth.

Movie prices vary depending on where you live, and there’s a multitude of price variations for premium movies. We know how many points it takes to see a movie for free, but to put a dollar value on the savings we need to figure out what a typical point is worth.

We surveyed several movie theatres across Canada to get an idea of what movie tickets cost, and what a SCENE point is typically worth. But keep in mind…

We only looked at general admission and various premium movies. We did not survey IMAX or VIP movies as there are not many theatres with these types of movies. (A summary table of what we found is at the end of the section.)

As ticket prices are generally higher in major cities, we carried a point value halfway between the middle and highest price.

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General Admission and 3D Movies worth 1,250 points

General admission tickets cost anywhere from $9.00 to $14.00, while 3D movies range in price from $12.50 to $17.00.

Our average ticket price is for general admission is $12.75, giving a point value of 1.02 cents.

For 3D movies, our average ticket price is $15.88, giving a point value of 1.27 cents.

Enhanced Movies worth 1,250 points

As seen in the program overview, there are many different types of premium movies. We took a look at UltraAVX 3D and DBOX tickets.

  • UltraAVX 3D movies have a price range of $14.50 to $19.00, for an average price of $17.88 dollars and 0.89 cents per point.
  • DBOX movies range in price $20.50 to $25.00, for an average of $23.88 with a point value of 1.2 cents.

Summary of point values

Movie Type Average Cost Points Required Point Value
General $12.75 1,250 1.02 cents
3D $15.88 1,250 1.27 cents
UltraAVX 3D $17.88 2,000 0.89 cents
DBOX $23.88 2,000 1.2 cents

Seeing as general and 3D movies are the most commonly available tickets, our average point is weighed higher for these two types. I would put a typical value of 1.05 cents per point (DBOX tickets were not factored in).

Using this number would give you:

  • 1.05% return on your base spend, and
  • 5.25% on your Cineplex spend ‒ one of the highest credit card returns available.

Using your points for movie tickets is the best way to use your points, unless your movie tickets cost less than $10, where concessions would be your better number if you would normally spend money on movie food.

With that said, your actual return on spend will depend on where you live. Your savings are higher where ticket prices are higher (the highest amounts were found in Toronto & Vancouver, with Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal not far behind).

A credit card for movie lovers

So, who is the for? Anyone who loves going to the movies.

Spending as little as $500 a month on this card would give you 6,000 points ‒ enough for 4 free general admission tickets or 3 enhanced tickets a year.

It provides a return on par (or better depending on where you live) with some of the best no fee cards. With a monthly spend on this card of only $105, you could earn one free general admission or 3D ticket a year. And with easy approval and great rewards at such a low spend, it’s a great fit for students too.

Finally, because it has no annual fee, it makes this card easy to carry in your wallet as well as a great compliment to anyone who has a categories based card.

But if you’re not a moviegoer? Then your points will not be worth as much ‒ better to look at other no fee cash back options instead.