Monday, May 20, 2013

Cheap Cinema: Late Afternoon Shows at Local Carmike Theaters Available for $5.50

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Seeing a movie in the late afternoon has never been a popular option. I like the old-fashioned "dinner-and-a-movie" combo on my Friday evenings. But Carmike Cinemas has an offer on the table that might change that storied lineup.

The theater chain is offering $5.50 adult tickets from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., which they dub the “Super Bargain Matinee” price.

This doesn’t include 3-D, but it shouldn’t matter because you shouldn’t see 3-D movies because most 3-D is awful and way too expensive.

I’ve lived in Bellevue for quite some time, and the Bellevue 8 was usually the go-to location to screen the ’90s classics. A younger Cory would catch the matinee of Toy Story or the evening performance of The Rugrats Movie. It’s a house of nostalgia that I still frequent (most recently, Gatsby. Yes, I saw Gatsby at the same theater I saw Toy Story. That’s pretty cool, folks.).

In just in the past two years or so, the theater chain started the Super Bargain Matinee price, a deal which has come in handy in more than one way.

Last summer, I ventured out into the summer heat to check out the fairy tale revision Snow White and the Huntsman. Fortunately, I went to the 4ish show at the Bellevue 8, which only cost my wallet the $5.50 bargain charge (may have been $5 at the time … finish the story grandpa!).

Thanks to Carmike, I was only slightly dismayed that I gave any sort of funds to that miserable piece of frilly dreck (well, Chris Hemsworth did OK).

I just recently discovered that Carmike’s Cool Springs location also offers this special, so if you’re really curious about seeing a certain title but don’t want to pay the full price of admission, I’d take advantage of one of the best deals in town.

I never really planned to pay full price to see The Croods anyway, so, thank you, Carmike.

Speaking of nostalgia, check out the video above. It’s the old intro from the late-’90s before any Carmike movie would start. Ah, memories.

“Carmike across America…”

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