With autumn starting to make itself known and the daylight hours getting shorter, it’s a perfect time for a trip to the cinema.
This weekend you’ll be able to do just that for the price of a Lotto ticket thanks to a very special deal.
A whopping 160,000 tickets are being handed out to Lotto players at 146 cinema across the country – including Parkway Cinema in Cleethorpes.
If you’ve bought a Lotto ticket this week either online or in store, you’ll be eligible to get a free adult cinema ticket for a film of your choice on Sunday.
As well as helping fund our athletes to compete in the Olympics, and creating 5,000 new millionaires, the National Lottery supports British cinema.
Films as diverse as Early Man and Bend It Like Beckham have received help in the past from the Lottery, and on Sunday cinemas are saying thank you.
The National Lottery has helped fund the making of more than 500 films, which between them have won 14 Oscars and 43 BAFTAs, as well as helping the next generation of British filmmakers receive training through the BFI Film Academy.
“When you buy a Lotto ticket, you are directly helping the UK film industry. You help us make films, bring them to new audiences, and train and inspire the next generation of filmmakers,” Idris Elba said in a thank you message to players.
How the deal works
To get your free cinema ticket, simply turn up in person at Parkway, or any other participating cinema, and show them your Lotto ticket.
It needs to be bought this week – between September 26 and 29, so there’s still time to grab one – for the deal to work.
You can find out the full terms and conditions and other participating cinemas here.
Space is limited so it’s being operated on a first come, first served basis.
You can see any film you want that isn’t already fully booked – but tickets can’t be booked in advance.
However, even if you miss out on a ticket on the day, you will be given access to BFI Player to stream a film at home.
“National Lottery Cinema Day has allowed us to say a big thank you to Lotto players across the UK because, without those players, some of the truly great British films may never have been made,” said Niall O’Rourke, Camelot’s Arts Partner for The National Lottery.