We’re fans of loyalty programs because customers should be rewarded for their…well, loyalty. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema launched its Alamo Victory program more than two years ago and it’s still victorious for movie lovers. Members receive special offers and earn rewards, including invitations to FREE surprise screenings, discounted menu items and access to tickets before anyone else. Every member enjoys at least 3 FREE movies each year, including a free ticket on their birthday. You earn one credit per unique showtime (movie, time and day), regardless of how many tickets purchased. There are five levels — or “ranks” — in the program. Everyone starts at the first rank, Citizen (0-4 visits per year). From there, you progress to Fighter (5-8 visits), followed by Captain (9-12 visits), Commandant (13-49 visits) and finally the highest rank, Top Brass (50+ visits.) To join the program, click here. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton.
Cinebarre, a cinema where you can eat, drink and watch first-run movies, has one of the best deals in town. All tickets are just $6 each. Ticket prices are $8 each for shows on Friday and Saturday evenings — still a great deal, compared to other theater chains. (Note: There is a surcharges for 3-D films). Cinebarre is movie theater geared to adults, as they serve alcohol. Order from a varied menu and nosh your way through a film. All seats have small tables, so you don’t have to perch your meal on your lap. And, if you don’t want to order any food or drinks, you don’t have to do so. Cinebarre has two locations: Thornton – 10001 Grant St. and Louisville – 1164 W. Dillon Rd.
We all have books, movies and music in our entertainment library that we were convinced we’d read, watch or listen to more than once, right? Then, reality sets in and you never push play again. Yes, you can pass them along to friends or family. However, why not earn some money back? 2nd & Charles gives you an opportunity to sell your unwanted books, DVDs and CDs. (They also buy video games, game systems & accessories, comics, iPads, iPods eReaders, vinyl records and audio books.) You can earn cash back or, better yet, more — if you choose store credit. If you’re not selling, you can find lots of great deals on used and new merchandise. Stay in the loop on special offers and more by signing up for e-mail updates. Right now, there are only two locations in Colorado – Aurora (6606 S. Parker Rd., 303-400-2948) and Broomfield (1 W. Flatiron Crossing Circle, 720-887-5763.)
Going to the movies with friends and family is a popular pastime. However, with high ticket prices and costly concessions, it’s not always the most budget-friendly choice for a lazy afternoon or evening on the town. 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 films. [Read more…] about $3 Movies & Concessions at Elvis Cinemas
We can’t thank our troops enough for their service and sacrifice. However, the Veterans Ticket Foundation (VTF) is, at least, making sure they’re enjoying quality time with their loved ones at various entertainment events throughout the country for FREE. Every day, there are shows, concerts and events with empty seats — so why not generously give ’em to those who serve or have served? Well, that’s exactly what the VTF does. They bring together promoters and veterans to fill empty seats, as a means of saying “thank you.” The calendar of events changes, so military families will need to check back periodically for new shows. First, you search for available tickets by state and, if you find something of interest, then make a ticket request. Available tickets vary by event and are limited. We searched yesterday and found 11 events in Colorado. They’re also actively looking for promoters who are interested in donating tickets, so, if you know someone, this is a great opportunity to ensure a full house and support our brave men & women in uniform — all at the same time.
If you’re a cinephile on a budget, mark your calendar for Tuesdays. You can go to the movies at Century Aurora (14300 E. Alameda Ave.) for just $4.25 every Tuesday. The offer is not valid on holidays, for new movies on opening day or specially priced engagements. Plus, there is an additional charge for 3-D films and the promo price does not apply to Cinemark XD showings. Since the fine print states “not valid for new movies on opening day”, we’re assuming new releases are included — as we’ve never heard of a movie opening on a Tuesday. However, you may want to clarify at the box office first. By the way, Century 16 Bel Mar in Lakewood (440 S. Teller St.) has the same discount promo on Tuesdays. However, its ticket price is higher at $5.
Cinebarre, which recently opened in Louisville, is now offering some good weekday deals. Monday-to-Friday movie tickets are $6. During happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., chips and salsa or chips and queso are just $4, and Big Lebowskis or sliders and fries are $7. Domestic drafts are $3, premium drafts are $4, it’s $1 off wine by the glass and mojitos, Long Island iced tea and the Lolita margarita are $6. Also, while it bills itself as an “adult” venue, kids eat FREE every Monday. 1164 W. Dillon Rd., Louisville, 303-926-0661.
We know frugal families are well-versed on the FREE Days at museums and attractions across the city. Therefore, rather than posting each one individually, we created a comprehensive list of all the FREE days for easy one-stop “shopping.” Most of the free days are funded, in part, by taxes collected through the Science and Cultural Facilities District. Others are funded by corporate sponsorship. We’re lucky to live in a city with so many wonderful institutions to explore without breaking the bank. However, it’s important to note that the FREE Days are very popular. (Translation: Be prepared to deal with large crowds and allow time to search for a good parking spot.) To review our page, click here. Of course, if we find a FREE Day of note because of some special attraction or exhibit, we’ll post it for you.
Serious music lovers can discover how an orchestra works with its conductor by attending the Colorado Music Festival’s FREE open rehearsals. It is especially interesting this summer, since the orchestra is seeking a new conductor, so their will be different candidates on the podium throughout the season. The rehearsal schedule, which the CMF emphasizes is subject to change or adjustment. The CMF rehearsal schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rehearsals take place in Boulder’s landmark Chautauqua Auditorium south of Baseline Rd. (vehicle entrance at across from Grant St.). On regular CMF and Chautauqua Summer Series nights, when parking at Chautauqua is extremely tight, the FREE HOP 2 bus operates from the 27th Way Park-n-Ride and from downtown Boulder to Chautauqua.