Inspired by a true story, Gold is the epic tale of one man’s pursuit of the American dream, to discover gold. Matthew McConaughey stars as Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break. He teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard, but keeping it would be even harder, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street. MHOTC readers can attend a FREE sneak preview of the film on Monday, January 23 at 7 p.m. at Landmark Greenwood Village. Click here to download and print an admit-two pass for the screening. These passes are limited in number, so please don’t abuse the system and get yours now – if this movie interests you. Once our limit has been reached, the system won’t issue any more. Remember, even with a pass seating is not guaranteed, so get there early. For more information on how previews work, read our Movie Sneak Preview Guide.
Two award-winning dramas filled with humor and grace head to the stage as Theater Esprit Asia and Theater Company of Lafayette present “Coming to America” at the Mary Miller Theater. The two one-act plays are “Boat Person” by Peter Trinh, which recounts the bloody fall of Saigon and his parents’ escape to the United States. In “Antecedents”, Maria Cheng recollects the Americanization of a precocious Chinese teenager as she embraces new heroes, while never forsaking her ancestors. Enjoy the show on Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. for $10. Even if you miss out on this performance, admission is a reasonable $16 for adults and $13 for seniors/students. Shows continue Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through January 21 and Sundays at 2 p.m. on January 15 & 22. Get tickets here or by calling 800-838-3006. 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette.
For movie fanatics, this deal is definitely poppin’! Harkins Northfield 18 is once again offering its annual Loyalty Cup and T-Shirt promo. The program rewards frequent moviegoers with FREE popcorn and “cheap” soft drinks every time they go to the movies at the theatre in 2017. For $6, purchase a 2017 Loyalty Cup and sip on $1.50 soft drink refills. For $25, purchase a 2017 Loyalty Shirt and munch on a FREE medium popcorn. Both items are available while supplies last. The savings are in the numbers: If you get just two FREE popcorns every month (24 total), you’ll end up saving about $125 by year’s end. Of course, the more you go, the more you save. Plus, the sooner you buy it, the more you can use it for the year. Obviously, to get the offers, you must bring your cup or wear your t-shirt to the theatre…or, better yet, both for maximum savings. 8300 E. Northfield Blvd., Denver, 720-374-3118.
Harkins Theatres 18 at Northfield (8300 E. Northfield Blvd. in Denver) is showing a classic film every Tuesday night at a classic price. Tickets are just $5 each for the chain’s Tuesday Night Classics series — with each film starting at 7 p.m. Many haven’t been shown on the big screen in years! Here’s the current holiday line-up: November 29 – Polar Express; December 6 – Elf; December 13 – Christmas Vacation; December 20 – A Christmas Story; and December 27 – Die Hard.
We know this deal isn’t exactly “cheap”, but, if you love independent films, it’s a great way to save money. Landmark Theatres offers a Film Aficionado Ticket Book with 25 discounted tickets – only $8 per ticket. Yes, that comes to $200 per book. However, you’re saving more than 20% off regular ticket prices for a theater chain that rarely offers any discounts, promos or coupons. We like the idea of friends, family or co-workers each chipping in to make the discount book more reasonable for everyone. (Five people would only need to chip in $40 each to get five tickets in return.) Tickets can be used at any Landmark Theatre nationally (surcharge applies in New York and Los Angeles) at any time, including Friday and Saturday evenings. Plus, you can use as many as you want at one time. Of course, the only non-participating location is the Greenwood Village theatre, as is true with most Landmark Theatres’ promos or discounts. You can purchase the books at any box office or online.
Going to the movies with friends and family is a popular activity, but why not do it “on the cheap”? If you can wait a few months to see the latest blockbuster, check out what’s playing at Elvis Cinemas, a Colorado-owned discount movie theater chain showing second-run movies. Tickets are $3 before 6 p.m. and $4 after 6 p.m. Even better, sign-up for its Elvis Cinemas Newsletter Club and get a coupon for a FREE small popcorn. Arvada (5157 W. 64th Ave.), Denver (7400 E. Hampden Ave.) and Littleton (6014 S. Kipling Pkwy.)
Have you ever had a craving for movie popcorn at home? (Movie theater popcorn always tastes better than the stuff we make at home, right?) Thanks to Harkins Theatres, you can feel like you’re at the movies, while sitting on your couch. The movie theater sells a Big Party Popcorn to take home for just $10. Harkins Big Party Popcorn is available every day of the year and perfect for birthdays, office celebrations, holiday parties or any gathering with family and friends. We couldn’t find an actual size, but Harkins states the bag is, “Big enough to serve up to 10 of your friends.” Colorado has only one Harkins Theatre at 8300 E. Northfield Blvd.
With the 2016-17 theater season getting started, it’s a good time to remind theater lovers on a budget about the Denver Center for Performing Arts‘ ongoing $10 ticket program. (Here’s the line-up for the 2016-17 Denver Center Theatre Company season: click here.) For more than 25 years, taxpayers have supported the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), which has enabled the DCPA to offer world-class theatre and inspiring educational programs. Now called DCPAccess, the program doubles the reduced-price ticket program to provide access to more people and more shows — even the occasional Broadway production at up to 75% off. (Last season, we saw the Broadway musical “Once” for just $17.50 per ticket, thanks to the program!) You can purchase the discounted tickets online, in-person at the box office (1101 13th St. in Denver) or by phone (303-893-4100.) [Read more…] about Denver Center Continues DCPAccess With $10 Show Tickets
Hey, frugal film fanatics! If you go to the movies often, you’ll love the changes AMC Theatres just made to its popular loyalty program AMC Stubs. It’s now FREE to join. (Previously, there was a $12 annual fee.) AMC Stubs Insider offers lots of rewards and perks, including FREE refills, members-only pricing, waived online ticket fees, a birthday gift, exclusive screenings and more. You can join online or at the box office. (If you’re looking for blockbuster benefits, they’ve also introduced AMC Stubs Premiere with bigger rewards and more perks. However, there is an annual fee of $15.) For more information about the loyalty program, click here.
We always get mixed messages from Regal staff. Apparently, there are a few locations still offering Economy pricing. We noticed the price change a few weeks ago, but could not confirm the change until now. Regal Cinemas quietly ended its Economy ticket pricing. The chain used to offer a discount for showings Monday through Thursday before 5 p.m. for movies that have been in release for, at least, 10 days. Now, all matinée tickets (excluding 3-D, IMAX and RPX, which are priced higher) are regular price — $9.79 for adults and $8.79 for seniors/children. (After 5 p.m., ticket prices increase by $2.) We don’t quite understand the reasons behind Regal’s changes (including the recent “improvements” to its loyalty program Regal Crown Club), given more and more people are staying home to watch movies. We love the movies, but it’s getting harder to find a reason to go with high ticket prices and the fact that most movies are mediocre. Note: As of now, Regal Cinemas will continue to offer its Value Days promo at Greenwood Plaza and Meadow Stadium on Sundays. Let’s hope it’s not on the chopping block anytime soon.
Summer is great for so many reasons: wearing shorts and flip-flops every day, going to the mountains, shopping farmers’ markets, free outdoor movies and lots of live music. Luckily, the Front Range is jam-packed with summer concerts — many of them FREE… our favorite kind! To ensure you don’t miss out on any live music, we’ve created this Mile High Summer Concerts Guide. Concerts are sorted by day of the week. All are FREE unless noted with a $. Note: Concert links below will NOT be live on MHOTC until a few days before each specific concert series begins. Clicking on a link will take you to our event listing for details, including who’s performing, times, location, any restrictions (what you can and can’t bring) and other information. As concert series start, we’ll add them to the list, so check back often. Let the music play!
Denver City Park Jazz – June 5 to August 7 at 6 p.m.
Greenwood Village Concerts at the Crescent – June 7 to July 26 at 7 p.m.
Longmont Concerts in the Park – June 14 to July 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Evergreen Lake Summer Concert Series – June 1 to August 24 at 5 p.m.
Bands on the Bricks in Boulder – June 1 to August 3 at 7 p.m.
Shady Grove Picnic Series at Four Mile Historic Park – June 8 to August 17 at 6:30 p.m. $
Streets of Southglenn Dancing in the Streets – June 8 to August 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Littleton Historic Museum Concert Series – June 15 to August 3 at 7 p.m.
Lakewood’s ‘Sounds Exciting’ Summer Concerts – June 22 to July 27 at 6:15 p.m. $
Northglenn Summer Concert Series – June 29 to August 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Littleton Foothills Entertainment Series – June 2 to August 4 at 7 p.m.
Rock & Rails in Niwot – June 2 to August 25 at 5 p.m.
Highlands Ranch Summer Concert Series – June 9 to July 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Stapleton MoJaBlu Concert Series – June 9 to August 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Englewood Sounds of Summer Concerts – June 16 to August 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Thornton’s Twist and Shout Summer Concerts – June 16 to August 11 at 7 p.m.
Aurora Sounds of Southlands – June 16 to August 11 at 6 p.m.
Aurora Summer Concert Series – June 16 to July 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Longmont Museum Concert Series – June 23 to July 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Arvada APEX Summer Concert Series – June 30 to July 28 at 7 p.m.
Music on the Plaza at Belmar – June 3 to August 26 at 6 p.m.
Downtown Longmont Summer Concert Series – June 3 to July 22 at 6 p.m.
Louisville Downtown Street Faire – June 17 to August 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The Orchard Town Center Concerts – June 4 to August 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Outlets at Castle Rock: Rock Your Summer – July 2 to August 13 at 5 p.m.
Boulder Twenty Ninth Street Live! – July 9 to August 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Here’s an interesting freebie. Laura, Bryan & Claire are big fans of Broadway musicals, but you don’t have to go to New York City to hear musical theater. AccuBroadway delivers. It’s the first multi-channel Broadway radio station and FREE with no downloading required. Simply go to the website and the choose from more than two-dozen channels from classic to modern shows, or choose between decades or composers. We are listening to The Book of Mormon, while writing this post.
Every now and then, we like to remind ourselves and you about Denver 2 For 1 Tix, a program that provides residents and visitors to the Mile High City with discounts on theatre productions, museums, musical performances and other special events. Each week, deals from up to eight cultural and entertainment organizations will be featured on the Denver 2 For 1 Tix site. All participants must offer “2 for 1” or at least a 50% discount on admission or tickets. You can also sign up for weekly e-mail notices on the latest offerings. Among those who have offered 2-for-1 deals: Denver Philharmonic, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Newman Center Presents and ComedyWorks.
Regal Cinemas just made major changes to its popular loyalty program, Regal Crown Club. The good news: You can now earn unlimited credits at the box office and concession stand — no longer are there daily caps on points. For every dollar spent, you earn 100 points. Plus, in the “new and improved” program, you can decide on the reward you earn, including movie tickets, popcorn, drink, upsizes for popcorn or drinks, digital downloads and movie-themed paraphernalia. (Be warned, you have to pay for shipping on any movie-themed items and it’s not cheap — starting at $8.25. Some items even incur an extra fee!) The bad news: The redemption level for the basic rewards (popcorn, drink and tickets) increased based on how much you have to spend. (Previously, members earned a free reward every 50 points on a rotating schedule of popcorn, drink, ticket.) Unlimited credits will counteract the increase slightly. For reference, you can redeem points for a FREE small popcorn at 7,000 points, a FREE soft drink at 8,000 points and a FREE regular movie ticket at 15,000 points. (For those doing the math, you would have to spend $70, $80 and $150 to earn the rewards, respectively. Points do not accumulate. They’re immediately deducted from your account, upon redemption.) For more changes, read on… [Read more…] about Regal Cinemas Changes Regal Crown Club
If you’re a regular reader, you know we love Regal Cinemas’ Regal Crown Club. Not only is membership FREE, but the club offers lots of rewards, discounts and promos. Whether you go to the movies a few times a year or every week, you’d be foolish not to sign-up for, at least, the savings. However, they’re making changes to the popular loyalty program. They no longer offer a small popcorn for $2 every Tuesday. Now, it’s 50% off any size popcorn, with paid admission, every Tuesday. If you do the math on the promo, it’s actually an increase — a small popcorn is now about $3. (We remember the days, when it was FREE popcorn on Tuesdays. A few years later, it increased to $1. Then, $2 and now this.) If you’re not a fan of crowds, Tuesday is the perfect day to see a movie in a more relaxed setting and, also, because of the “cheap” popcorn. (If you’re not a member, you can sign-up at the box office and access the benefits immediately — joining is quick and easy.) We’re told there are more changes coming to the Regal Crown Club in 2016. (When it comes to loyalty programs, “change” always seems to be code for fewer benefits or harder-to-earn rewards. Let’s hope such is not true this time, but, so far, it’s not looking good.)