As movie theaters face a drought, they are hoping a new event - and cheap tickets - will boost attendance and lure crowds.

Thousands of movie theaters across the US will offer tickets at no more than $3 for any screening on September 3

As part of 'National Cinema Day' to encourage moviegoing

 Over 3,000 theaters in the US will participate and offer tickets at no more than $3.

There are around 40,700 movie screens in the US, and at least 30,000 of them will be participating

Theater owners hope to encourage movie going at a time when theaters are lacking tentpole movies.