Moviegoers jam box office for $3 tickets on National Cinema Day (includes video story)

Theaters across the United States marked Saturday, Sept. 3 the one-day premiere of “National Cinema Day” and millions were reeled in for the discounted tickets.

“I’m really excited about the ticket prices that I made sure to clear my schedule to be here today,” said Brianna Howard, who attended CMX Cinemas to watch “Nope.” 

Over 3,000 theaters advertised $3 movie tickets for every movie and format, including premium formats such as IMAX and 3D, after the pandemic caused a plummet in cinema industry sales.

According to The Cinema Foundation, this event was created as a form of gratitude to the movie fans who showed up to theaters this summer, which helped with its financial success, and to motivate others to return to cinemas.

Many movies overperformed at the box office, such as “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which brought in $24.3 million and attracted an astounding 8.1 million people to theaters.

Samantha Gutierrez is a Latina freshman majoring in Digital Communication and Media. She is bilingual and enjoys covering stories about the environment and her community. With a strong passion for broadcasting, she aspires to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist in Miami.

Esteban Rodriguez is a freshman majoring in TV/Broadcast media. He hopes to work in late-night entertainment, Filmmaking, sports journalism, and/or broadcast television. 


Alexandra Howard is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s in Digital Journalism and Political Science. She aspires to become a political and legal affairs journalist, and enjoys writing stories about all branches of politics, social justice issues and the law.

Megan is a Digital Communication and Media Major with a focus on Television and Multimedia Production. She is also pursuing a minor in Social Media and E-Marketing Analytics. After graduation, she plans on using the skills and knowledge gained to become an editor in the entertainment industry.

Julian Davis is a student at Florida International University, pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. Julian is Jamaican-American and is passionate about photography and the environment, always looking for a way to inspire others about the same. He currently works as a photographer for the school newspaper, PantherNOW. After graduation, Julian aspires to do investigative journalism focusing on environmental corruption.