Tip Of The Day: Cheap movie theaters in the TC, perfect for date night. Just don’t skimp on the snacks.
Tip For Tomorrow: To all the shoes I’ve loved before. A quick peak at the strappy sandals I can’t wait to wear – as soon as it stops snowing. Which, in MN, should be sometime in May. Sigh.
Further Elucidation Of My Cheap Deal: It happened again. I had ANOTHER disastrous date – this time, a movie date. To make matters worse? The movie sucked, too.
Now, I love going to the movies. I love the popcorn, I love the previews, and I love the camaraderie of watching something with a whole big bunch of people. Just as long as everyone’s cell phones are turned off. If I hear one ring in a theater, I’m likely to open up a can of whoop-ass. I’m just sayin’.
However, I generally do NOT like going to the movies on a first date. There’s too much enforced intimacy – you have to lean in real close to talk, it is dark, there are usually love scenes – the whole thing should be saved for a fourth or fifth date.
But the guy who asked me out REALLY wanted to see a movie. He was REALLY into movies (a trait I usually love), and REALLY wanted to see all the Oscar-nominated movies before the awards show. Personally, I could skip every Oscar movie – except for the ones nominated for sound or effects or costumes. Those tend to be fun.
Due to scheduling conflicts, we ended going to our movie after the Academy Awards, but he STILL wanted to see an award movie. We settled on Charlie Wilson’s War at the Hopkins.
The Hopkins is my most favorite theater in the entire world. What’s not to like? It’s cheap ($2.50 regular, $1.50 Tuesdays), it has good snacks, and the staff is fabulous. Plus, they tend to run movies I want to see. Unfortunately, Charlie Wilson’s War was not one of them.
Since I’m not a movie critic, I won’t bore you with a lengthy description of why this movie sucked. But rest assured, I no longer care for the oeuvre of Tom Hanks. Or Julia Roberts, for that matter. Phillip Seymour Hoffman can do no wrong, but there are WAAAYYYY better movies to see him in. In short, avoid this flick.
Also, avoid men who take you to a cheap movie theater, offer to buy your ticket, and then ask you to pay for the snacks. My ticket? $2.50. Our snacks combined? $15.75. DO YOU SEE THE DISCREPANCY HERE?
Naturally, I pointed this out to Mr. Parsimonious, in a very polite way. Because I am nothing if not polite. He looked at me blankly and said, “Well, if we had seen this in a full-priced theater, we’d be about even, right?” Umm, no, we wouldn’t be, but whatever.
I then pointed out that we were, in fact, NOT at a full price theater. And do you know what he said? DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAID?!?!?!?
“Wow, you really ARE cheap, aren’t you?” I kid you not.
Gentlemen, let me explain something to you. If you ask a woman out on a date, it is common practice to then PAY for said date. Going Dutch is not really acceptable behavior. However, I am a modern woman, and I am comfortable with going halvsies, especially on a first date. As long as the halvsies are, in fact, HALF.
But if YOU ask out ME, please do not expect ME to pay MORE than YOU do, for the supposed glory of your company. You could possibly be ‘all that’, but how do I know? You could also suck, like Charlie Wilson’s War. And why on EARTH would I want to pay for a potentially sucky evening, when I could be home watching Sex And The City reruns and eating Totino’s Party Pizzas?
Needless to say, I seethed throughout the entire movie. Not only was the show bad, my date was bad, and I was out $15.75. Not to mention, I had to drive 40 minutes to get to Hopkins (so I had wasted gas) AND I had wasted perfectly good make-up on this jackwad. I’ll never get that make-up, gas, time or money back. And wastefulness is soooo not frugal.
Lesson learned? Cheap movie theaters rock, and are completely appropriate for a date. As long as you then spring for your date’s popcorn and drink.
Lesson learned, part two? I may be cheap, but I am fabulous. And that guy? Not fabulous, and not getting any. At least, not from me.
Cheap Theaters in the TC:
Plaza Maplewood Theater, 651-770-7969, $1.50 all the time
Mann Hopkins Cinema 6, 952-931-7992, $1.50 on Tuesdays, $2.50 regular
GTI Roseville 4 Theater, 651-488-4242, $1 on Tuesdays, but I heard that it was kind of stinky inside
Riverview Theater, 612-729-7369, $3 max, tons of good reviews
Brookdale 8 Cinemas, 763-566-6721, $3 for second run, also shows Bollywood movies for full price
Mann Maple Grove 10, 763-420-4747, $3 max, my second fave