Going to the movies is a pricey night out. Tickets at my local theater cost $12.50 when purchased online, including an inconvenience charge. (See what I did there?) Throw in a drink, popcorn, or candy and you’re looking at over $20 per person. For that price, you might as well just wait for the DVD to come out and spend the same amount to watch it over and over in the comfort of your pajamas. Of course, some movies require midnight viewings (ahem, Harry Potter) and sometimes you realllllllly need a night out of the house.
In the past month, R and I have seen two movies at the theater and spent only $21 on tickets. Whenever a ticket discount pops up on daily deal sites, like Living Social or Google Offer, I scoop up the savings. The great thing about these deals is that the offer is good for a few months so even if you don’t want to see anything that’s currently in the theater, you can hang on to those tix until something good is released. We recently used these to see swoon-worthy Joseph Gordon Levitt in 50/50.
We also go to the Arlington Drafthouse which is basically the best place ever. They show fairly recent releases but for a lower price. Inexpensive movie tickets ($1 on Mondays!), food service, and a bar. Yup, sip on that vodka diet and munch on french fries while you watch Crazy, Stupid, Love, which is exactly what we did this past weekend.
Other reasons to love this place? They have a special event every Valentine’s Day featuring The Princess Bride, i.e. one of my favorite movies of all time in the history of ever. They also put on a Christmas movie marathon. I can’t think of many things better than drinking a bloody mary while watching Elf.
Back to the movies pictured above. JGL made me cry. Seriously, this movie was so amazing and hit really close to home. Then there are Ryan Gosling’s abs. Enough said.
I’m not sure if this post is supposed to be about how to save money at the movies or a cry for help with my alcohol consumption but either way, I hope it convinced you to check out these flicks.