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Movies on a Budget
Have you ever tried to go to the movies with your littles and ended up leaving feeling frustrated about how much the ordeal cost and how little of the movie you actually saw? My answer: the dollar movies!
I’m going to totally date myself here, but I have fond memories of Movies 8. Remember the days before stadium style seating? Remember your parents dropping you off at the movie theater and you promising to call on the payphone as soon as the movie ended for them to come pick you up? Anyone else go over to Fun House for just a FEW games before calling your parents? Not that I would have ever done something so irresponsible (hi Mom!)...
is now a dollar theater ($1.75 actually) off of Memorial between 61st
. It’s right across from Woodland Hills Mall on the west side of the street. Conveniently just a few doors down from Baskin Robbins, I might add! Great location and the place is nice and clean (some dollar movies are really grungy). And get this: on Tuesdays, tickets are fifty cents! You cannot beat that.
Here we are!
The first time my boys and I had been to the dollar movies, over Christmas
, they reeeeaaaaallly wanted to get toys out of the quarter machines but I didn’t have any change on me (and may have been *slightly* annoyed by the begging), so this time, they planned ahead. Bless their little hearts, Aidan had leftover birthday money and shared it with Alec so they could both buy a toy! Oh, notice that Madison Bear and Hippie the Hippo (a.k.a Mr. Momo) came along with us for our adventure!
They may have actually been more excited about their trinkets than actually seeing the movie!
Very surprisingly, they didn’t want any snacks, but Mommy had been looking forward to movie popcorn so she bellied up to the bar! If you want snacks from the concession stand, you’re going to pay regular price; that’s how they make their money. At least you save a bundle on ticket prices! Not that I would ever do this, but I might know people who have snuck in soda cans in their purses to save even more money. I paid full price though, like the good, honest citizen I am! I grabbed Thing 1 and Thing 2 some candy in case they changed their minds!
A trick my sister-in-law taught me is to bring baggies or ask for the little water cups to divvy up the popcorn among kiddos! She actually found some super cute little plastic popcorn containers at Target (I just saw some there a week or so ago) that she keeps for just such occasions. She’s brilliant. Remind me to tell you about her amazing dips and her Nancy Regan treats!
We went to see Mr. Popper’s Penguins and it was really cute. I have to be honest; I didn’t even realize I’d missed it at the regular theater – that’s how behind I am on movies! Even my littlest stayed awake for the whole movie, unlike the last time we were here, when he fell asleep!
And don’t ask me how they did it, but neither of those little monkeys had to get up ONCE for the potty. Miracle! I was actually really proud of both of them. Except for the occasional need to hush them and remind them to whisper (which I don’t mind so much when I haven’t paid an arm and a leg to sit in a dark place with my kids), they were on their very best behavior. This really hit home about ¾ of the way through the movie when OTHER people’s kids were running up and down the aisles like banshees. Oh yes, brownie points for Honeybee Mama!
Proud mama (even of Madison and Hippo)!
I have to say the highlight for me was when the credits started rolling and I heard the intro for “Ice Ice Baby” (remember we were watching Mr. Popper’s Penguins). You know you can’t pass up the opportunity to rap along with Vanilla! After a few lines of “rapping” before my kids’ blank stares, they finally started bobbing their heads, and I got up and got them to follow me up to the front of the theater so we could bust our moves. There may not have been that many people in the theater, but we were definitely the coolest of the bunch. You can’t quite tell from the pics, but trust me; their moves were KILLER. Mine may or may not have been, and no I do not have pictures of them.
Next time, we’ll go on a Tuesday, and hit Baskin Robbins on the way home!
See you around town!