Thursday, November 27, 2003
More Bang for Your Buck: Saving At The Movies
The cost of going to or renting a movie is on the rise. But there are plenty of ways to get More Bang For Your Buck-- when it comes to seeing your favorite flicks.
(WSVN) -- Gina Castillo loves to lose herself in the movies.
Films like the English Patient and Titanic top her list.
"You can get involved in the movie and you can feel what the actors feeling," she says.
But when she misses popular pictures on the big screen she likes catching them on the small screen.
"If i miss it at the theatre, I just go along to the movie store," she says. "I can watch one or two movies in the day."
For Gina, you can't beat going to Blockbuster.
The rental giant is right now starting a new promotion.
"You rent five movies you get a five dollar gift card free," says Gina."
The company will also give you a free rental if they're sold-out of one of their guaranteed in-store titles.
Blockbuster's Tom Colacino explains, "You'll get what we call a rain check. Next time you come in we'll give it to you for free."
If you'd like avoid the store completely, consider going online.
Websites Netflix.com, Walmart.com, and Qwikfliks.com allow you to rent DVDs by mail for about 20 dollars a month... Plus there are no late fees.
Now if you want to go to the movies, the price can be pretty steep.
At Regal Cinemas, consider a super-saver ticket. It allows you to see your favorite films for $5.50... But you have to buy the tickets in bulk.
George Tengeres of Crown Theaters says, "It's just like going to a regular movie except it's only for them."
If you feel like being a new parent prevents you from going to the movies, think again.
At Crown Theaters, they now have "Movies For Moms" every Wednesday.
"Every customer in the theater will have a baby."
Even the audio is accommodating.
"The sound is a little bit lower because, obviously, baby's ears are more sensitive."
Gina's looking forward to going to the movies.
She usually finds the holidays are the best time to see the best films.
"I'm waiting for the Haunted Mansion. I can't wait."
If you're going to rent or see a movie -- you better get there early.
From Thanksgiving through New Years, both theater sales and rental sales are higher -- than any other time of the year.
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