Growing up going to the movies was a 'thing', it was a 'to-do'. You got all excited to go and see something on the big screen, it was special.
The theater we frequented was called M-89, aptly named as it sat squatly in a strip mall directly off of M-89 (people are really creative you guys). There was a chinese restaurant next door and when I was five I got me ears pierced in a salon in the same plaza; that is to say, this was a classy establishment (that statement could not be further from the truth). We frequented the M-89 theater in jr.high and high school because, well, it was cheaper than an past their prime street walker south of La Brea. I'm talking $2.50 matinées and $5.00 prime time films! It was the best! Also they had a BYOB policy... you know 'Bring Your Own Bucket'. We would bring my moms jumbo-tron rubbermaid bowl and have it filled to the brim with popcorn (for FREE) and add a Paula Deen worthy amount of butter for a whopping TWENTY FIVE CENTS! We were living large, let me tell you what!
That theater ruined me for all others. Sure, the picture quality was slightly less than pristine, and the sound bled like a corroded from one theater to the next, but who had time to care for such things when you were elbow deep in a bowl of buttered bliss?
Over the years, I have had to get used to over paying $15 per ticket and signing away the life of my first born at the concessions stand, 'a sign' of the times some may say. Drew loves going to the movies (a deeper love has never been known) and I am fond of him so I often attend these theatrical outings as well (ok to be fair, I really do enjoy going to the movies so I can't complain). However, it is a whole debate now, "do we really want to spend $40 on another movie?" WELL MY FRIENDS, debate NO MORE! We just discovered the magic of 'Movie Passes'.
This may be the best thing since sliced bread, no joke.
You pay a monthly membership fee and voilà! You can go see UNLIMITED MOVIES all month long! I realize this is dangerous... but also, it is kind of amazing, don't kid yourself. Most major theaters accept the membership. You are allowed to see each film once, however, you are allowed to see as many movies in a thirty day span as you would like for a mere $40 (that's right kids... less than the cost of two movie tickets and a large popcorn). Maybe it's just me, but that seems like one heck of a steal.
Though the M-89 will never be replaced, Movies Pass may have stolen my heart.