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Movie lovers know there are few greater pleasures than watching a good cinematic adventure unfold on screen. No matter your favorite genre or preferred viewing venue, some credit cards can further enhance that experience.

These cards reward movie purchases or provide access to unique film experiences, giving you extra motivation to watch those big blockbusters.

Here are three credit cards for movie lovers. 

1. Citi ThankYou Preferred Card

Rewards: Two points per dollar spent on dining and entertainment; one point per dollar spent on other purchases.

Sign-Up Bonus: None

Annual Fee: $0

Annual Percentage Rate (APR): 0% APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers, then variable 14.49% to 24.49% APR.

Why We Picked It: Select movie purchases earn double points.

For Movie Purchases: This card earns two points on the dollar for entertainment, which includes movie theater purchases, video rentals, and on-demand streaming services. And for dinner-and-a-movie date nights, you’ll also earn double points on dining purchases. Points can be redeemed for travel, merchandise, or even gift cards—to buy more movies, of course.

Drawbacks: There’s no sign-up bonus.

2. Sony Card from Capital One

Rewards: Five points per dollar spent on Sony purchases at authorized retailers; three points per dollar spent on music and video downloads, movie rentals, theater purchases, and digital streaming and subscription services; and one point per dollar spent on other purchases.

Sign-Up Bonus: 5,000 bonus points if you make your first purchase within 90 days.

Annual Fee: $0

APR: 0% intro APR until March 2018 on purchases, then variable 14.99% to 24.99% APR; variable 14.99% to 24.99% APR on balance transfers.

Why We Picked It: This card is built to reward media consumption.

For Movie Purchases: You’ll earn triple points per dollar on your movie purchases, including movie theater purchases, movie rentals, downloads, or movie subscription services. And if you want to build out your home theater system, you’ll get five points per dollar spent on Sony electronics at authorized retailers. Those points can then be redeemed for Sony merchandise, movies, music, games, and more.

Drawbacks: This card is locked into Sony’s rewards program, which may not include all the redemption options you want.

3. Chase Sapphire Preferred

Rewards: Two points per dollar spent on dining and travel; one point per dollar spent on other purchases.

Sign-Up Bonus: 50,000 bonus points if you spend $4,000 in the first three months.

Annual Fee: $0 the first year, then $95.

APR: Variable 16.99% to 23.99% APR on purchases and balance transfers.

Why We Picked It: Hardcore film festival buffs can enjoy impressive ticket package rewards.

For Movie Purchases: Chase’s travel-focused card helps users earn dining and travel rewards, but it doesn’t stop there. It also provides access to unique experiences, including the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with an exclusive ticket package.

Drawbacks: This card doesn’t provide as much value to infrequent travelers. 

How to Choose a Credit Card for Movies

If you’re looking for a card that rewards your movie habit, try to find one that incentivizes spending at movie theaters, on-demand rental services, or whatever method you prefer for movie watching.

If you don’t spend a ton of money on movies but you still want movie-related rewards, there are cards for that too. Plenty of credit cards offer cash back or rewards points on every purchase, and you might be able to redeem those points for film-based perks. Just make sure you read through reward offerings carefully to verify that the card you pick will get you the benefits you want.

What Credit Is Required for a Credit Card for Movie Spending?

The best rewards cards require good to excellent credit. You should always check your credit before you apply, and submit an application only if you meet the card’s credit requirements. You can check your credit report for free at Credit.com.

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