Because there are a lot of English-speaking university students in Cuenca, there are also movies in English in Cuenca! That's very good news for those, like Jeff, who like to watch on the big screen.
There are two movie theaters in Cuenca, both owned by the Multicines chain.
The first is at Mall del Río, which usually shows movies only in Spanish (although some first-run 3D movies are in English).
The other is Milenium Plaza (yes, that's the correct spelling). It shows some movies in Spanish, others in English with Spanish subtitles.
There are two ways to learn about what's playing the next week: the newspaper, and the Multicines website. Jeff always uses the website to check the listings (be sure to click on the pink Milenium Plaza tab to view the movies playing there).
Since ost movies play in English only at Milenium Plaza, be sure to look for the correct times for the English version.
Each listing displays the title (in Spanish). All movies playing in English will say "Subtitulada" below the title. (Movies playing only in Spanish will say "Español."
Below the listings are poster thumbnails that provide more information (in Spanish only).
Jeff recommends that you go see a new movie the week it opens. Unless it's a blockbuster-type movie, that may be the only week you'll be able to see the movie in English. The following week, it will only be available in Spanish, if at all.
When you pay for your ticket, you'll be asked to select the seat you want from the small screen on the counter in front of you. Simply click on your choice, and your ticket will print out with that seat number on it.
If you think you can't afford to see movies in North America, you'll be very pleased with the prices here in Cuenca. Regular prices are currently $6.50 for 2D movies/$7.50 for 3D movies every day except Wednesday, $5.25 for 2D/$6.50 for 3D movies on Wednesday only.
You can request a Tarjeta Multicines, which will provide discounted prices. Unfortunately, you'll have to pay full price for the first few films, until you've accumulated 600 points on the card. Only then will you start to receive discounts.
The card will not get you a discount on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, or on holidays, although you still collect points on your ticket and snack purchases.
Weekday discounts include 2 for 1 tickets for any movie on Wednesdays (maximum of 4 tickets) and $3.25 prices ($4.75 for 3D movies) Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (maxiumum of 4 tickets).
You'll receive points every time you use your card, including snack purchases.
You can use the card to receive discounts at several restaurants and other businesses, including Pizza Hut, El Español, and Sports Planet Restaurant, which is in Milenium Plaza.
Once you have accumulated enough points, you can obtain free tickets. For 400 points, you can enjoy a movie from Monday through Thursday. For 600 points, see one Friday through Sunday.
Cash is always preferred at the ticket booth (the boletería), although you can use a credit card.
You can also order tickets online ahead of time, if you have a cédula. Pick the movie you want to see and click on the little pink shopping cart beside the time you prefer. You can use Diners Club, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards, or you can debit some of the points you've earned on your Tarjeta Multicines.
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