If you regularly go to watch the movies at Cineplex, Canada’s most popular destination for movie-goers, you may as well enjoy your pastime at the lowest cost possible.
Cineplex Entertainment is the largest cinema chain in Canada and operates about 162 theatres across Canada under brands including Cineplex Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, Silver City, Scotiabank Theatres, Cineplex VIP Cinemas, etc.
Other popular Canadian movie theatre chains include Landmark Cinemas, Imagine Cinemas, and Cinémas Guzzo.
The SCENE+ Card Loyalty program
The SCENE+ Card loyalty program is a rewards program offered through a partnership between Cineplex and Scotiabank.
When you sign up for the SCENE+ card, you start earning points every time you purchase a movie ticket, food, and drinks at any Cineplex theatre. You also earn points when you dine at restaurants that are referred to as “dining partners” with the SCENE+ program.
Becoming a SCENE+ Member
To join the SCENE+ loyalty program, go to www.sceneplus.ca/register and register. You will be requested to input your details, including name, address, email, date of birth, phone number, etc.
You will receive a digital Scene+ card you can use via the Scene+ app.
How To Earn and Use SCENE+ Points
Scene+ members earn 5 points for every $1 spent on movie and entertainment purchases at Cineplex theatres across Canada and the Cineplex store.
When booking travel with Scene+ Travel, you earn 3 points for every $1 you spend on hotel and car rentals.
You can also earn 1 point for every $3 spent on dine-in or take-out at Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet, East Side Mario’s, Montana’s BBQ & Bar, Bier Markt, and Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse.
More recently, Scene+ partnered with grocery stores, including Sobeys, Freshco, Safeway, IGA, and Foodland, to earn Scene+ points when shopping through weekly offers, personalized digital offers, and more.
There are many other ways to earn Scene+ points if you have a Scotiabank credit or debit card as well as when you spend at Best Buy through Scene+ Rakuten or make a purchase at The Rec Room and Playdium.
At Cineplex, you can redeem 100 points for $1 off a general admission or 3D movie ticket. If you don’t have enough points, you can spend points to cover part of your ticket purchase.
You can also redeem 500 points for $5 towards food and drinks at the movies or 100 points for $1 off movie rentals or purchases at the Cineplex Store.
Cineplex theatres are not the only places you can earn and redeem Scene+ points. Their restaurant partners include Swiss Chalet, Harveys, Montana’s BBQ and Bar, Bier Market, East Side Mario’s, Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse, etc.
At these restaurant chains, you earn 1 point for every $3 spent and can redeem 500 points to get $5 off your in-restaurant orders. These restaurants sometimes also offer other bonus points that are time-limited.
If you prefer to exchange points for merchandise, you can do so on the Scene+ Apple online store and the Scene+ Best Buy online store.
Lastly, Scotiabank customers can redeem Scene+ points as a statement credit to pay off their credit card balance.
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Strategies to Maximize Your SCENE+ Points
Here are six strategies to earn more SCENE+ points and save some money:
1. Use the Scotiabank SCENE+ VISA Credit Card
This is the fastest way to earn FREE SCENE+ points. With the Scotiabank SCENE+ visa card, you earn:
- 1 SCENE+ point for every $1 you spend on everyday purchases.
- 2 SCENE+ points for every $1 you spend at Cineplex.
- 2 SCENE+ points for every $1 you spend at participating grocery stores.
- Plus up to 5,000 bonus points within your first year.
- Plus the regular points you earn when you purchase movie tickets, food and drinks at Cineplex with your SCENE+ card.
The Scotiabank Scene Visa Card has no annual fees, making it a great way to accumulate SCENE+ rewards points and free movies.
Scotiabank Scene+ Visa Card
Excellent entry-level credit card for students
Annual fee: $0
Rewards: Earn up to 2X Scene+ points on everyday purchases.
Welcome offer: Earn up to 10,000 bonus Scene+ points in the first year.
Interest rates: 19.99% on purchases and 22.99% on cash advances.
Minimum income requirement: $12,000
Recommended credit score:
On Scotiabank’s website
2. Get Multiple SCENE+ Cards For One Household
If you attend the movies with a spouse or partner, you should both get your own SCENE+ cards in order to maximize points.
While you will also earn 65 points for tickets purchased for a child under 14 years (general admission or 3D movies), kids over 14 years of age should get their own SCENE+ card so that everyone eligible can earn points and save some money.
3. Maximize Tuesday Discounts
Movie tickets are cheaper on Tuesdays. As a SCENE+ member, you get an additional 10% off already discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays. And you still earn 5 points for every $1 spent.
Therefore, you can pay less to watch movies on Tuesdays, earn and accumulate points, and then redeem your points when you go to the movies on days when the tickets are more costly.
4. Use the Scotiabank SCENE+ Debit Card
You can also earn FREE SCENE+ points using Scotiabank’s SCENE+ debit card. With this debit card, you earn 1 point for every $5 spent using your card for everyday purchases, plus 1 point for every $1 spent at Cineplex.
5. Use Your SCENE+ card at participating Restaurants
As mentioned earlier, SCENE+ has partnered with some restaurants, and if you already dine at any of these places, ensure you load any available offers and show your SCENE+ card at the time of payment to get your bonus points.
6. Download the SCENE+ App
This is the best way to maximize earning SCENE+ points. You can receive personalized offers from Scene partners, view the points you’ve earned, and more.
Recent Updates To The SCENE+ Program
As of June 2022, the grocery giant Empire Company Ltd. partnered with SCENE+ to allow customers to earn and redeem points at most of the grocer’s supermarkets, including Sobeys, Freshco, IGA, Foodland, Safeway, and more.
With this new partnership, you can redeem 1,000 SCENE+ points for $10 off grocery, liquor, and pharmacy purchases. The only exclusion to this is Needs Convenience stores.
You can earn SCENE+ points with everyday product offers, in-store events, and personalized weekly offers at participating grocery stores and pharmacies.
Alongside the new ways to earn and redeem SCENE+ points, the redemption structure at Cineplex has changed. Previously, you could redeem 1,000 to 2,000 SCENE+ points for a movie ticket.
Now, you can redeem 100 points for $1 off a general admission or 3D movie ticket. You can partially pay in points if you do not have enough to cover the full cost.
Other changes to note to the SCENE+ program:
- SCENE+ will launch in Home Hardware stores in summer 2023, meaning you can earn and spend points at all Home Hardware stores and online.
- Effective June 19, 2023, SCENE+ is making changes to the points requirements for Apple and Best Buy for Quebec residents. $1 will now require 145 SCENE+ points.
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What are your thoughts on the SCENE+ program and the changes that have occurred in the last year? Leave them in the comments!