The movies, with mandatory snacks.

  • From Friday, you can get a 50% discount on both "standard" movie tickets and snacks at Nu Metro.
  • The catch: you have to pay with a Nedbank card.
  • But there is no other precondition or loyalty scheme involved, the bank and the cinema chain say.
  • The offer comes as the new James Bond movie opens, with cinemas around the world hoping it will lure people back to the big screen.
  • Nu Metro cinemas are due to be open all week during the school holidays, and then go back to weekends only.
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* This article has been updated below.

On Friday, the new James Bond movie officially opens in South Africa. And, like its peers around the world, South Africa's Nu Metro chain hopes it will lure back people who have not seen a movie on the big screen since the pandemic began.

Now it has an extra sweetener: a half-price offer on not only "standard" movie tickets, but also on the snacks that can add so much to the total price of a movie. The only catch is that only Nedbank customers need apply.

Nu Metro and Nedbank announced the partnership on Wednesday, with both companies saying they hoped it would help people enjoy the kind of out-of-home entertainment they used to take for granted before the coronavirus.

There are no other conditions to the deal, and no loyalty club memberships involved. Buyers simply have to pay with a Nedbank debit or credit card, or one of the American Express cards issued by Nedbank.

Nu Metro is opening its cinemas seven days a week for the school holidays, but then intends to go back to Friday plus weekend operations only, in what it describes as part of "a responsible operational strategy to keep unnecessary expenditure at bay and ensure the future viability of the business."

Even at half price, tickets won't necessarily be cheap. To watch "No Time To Die" in 3D at the Nu Metro 4DX theatre at Hyde Park in Johannesburg on Friday, for instance, will set you back R195 before the discount. But 4DX and VIP seats are excluded from the offer anyway, only "standard" (non-VIP) tickets in 2D and 3D cinemas are included.

Using the Nedbank discount, standard 2D tickets can be had for R50, and Nu Metro says some tickets will go as low as R20 at some cinemas.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

* This article was updated after publication to clarify which tickets are, and are not, covered by the 50% off offer.

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