So the latest Harry Potter movie is coming out and E is pretty interested. What to do? Movies are normally pretty pricey in Japan (often JPY 1800), so if we don't want to pay $100 to take everyone to the movies we have to plan ahead. There are several movie theaters in Kyoto and many of them have special deals on certain days of the month. Kansai Scene has some info: kansaiscene.com But here is what I have found. (These prices will not work with premium tickets like 3D- in many cases they add 400Y for 3D)
Movix in the Shinkyogoku/Teramachi arcade regularly has 300Y coupons outside the theater with times for all the films they are showing. They have Ladies day on Wednesdays (1000Y) and 1000Y movie days on the 1st and 20th of every month and late shows (anything after 8pm!!!!) are 1200Y.Regular prices are 1800 for adults, 1500 for high school and college students, 1000 for middle and elementary students and 1000 for 3 and up.
Toho Cinemas Nijo, west of the Nijo station (in Bivi) has Movie Day on the 1st and 14th of every month (1000Y), Ladies Day on Wednesdays (1000Y), and late shows are 1200Y. Regular prices are 1800 for adults, 1500 for high school and college students, 1000 for middle and elementary students and 900 for 3 and up.
Both also have mama's clubs for early matinee showings with lower volume for babies, but I don't know too much about them.
There are also theaters in the Aeon mall south of the station with deals similar to Toho and cool art house cinemas: one just south of Shijo Karasuma and one near Toji on Ku-jo.
Buying tickets early at convenience stores can also save you some money- I noticed a Circle K (I think) was selling Harry Potter tickets for 500Y off.
I think we'll shoot for either the 20th or the 1st for Harry Potter...