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Movies on the cheap: 30+ ways to save at theaters near you

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Going to a movie with your loved ones is one of the greatest past times of the holiday season but these days, it can really bust the bank.

Here are some of the best ways to pinch pennies at theaters near you!

Regal Cinemas

  • Regal Crown Club allows you to earn points toward FREE tickets, popcorn and soda, as well as movie merchandise with every purchase. Plus 25% off candy every Monday and 50% off popcorn every Tuesday. Membership is FREE.
  • Download the Regal app for monthly digital coupon like “Get 15% off a Large Popcorn, a Large Soft Drink and Nacho combo when all three items are purchased in the same transaction”
  • Value Days could get you in to a new movie for as little as $5!
  • Regal Georgesville Square Stadium 16 offers $6.30 tickets all day on Tuesdays!
  • Regal Cinemas offers a FREE refill (during the same visit) on a large popcorn.
  • AARP members can save $3 on a small drink and small popcorn combo.
  • Matinee showings (before 4pm) are as low as $2!
  • Find more promotions here.

Cinemark

  • Discount Tuesdays
    • Tickets are $4.99 on Tuesdays at Cinemark Carriage Place at2570 Bethel Road, Columbus
    • Tickets are $5 on Tuesday at Cinemark Polaris at 1071 Gemini Place, Columbus
    • Tickets are $4.50 on Tuesday at Cinemark Stoneridge Plaza Movies 16 at 323 Stoneridge Lane, Gahanna
  • Join Movie Club today to get 20% off concessions and more great benefits! Learn more now.
  • Subscribe to the email for free weekly concession coupons, along with featured films, events, contests and special offers.
  • Early Bird: Special discount price for the first matinee showtime of the day that starts before 1 PM.
  • Special discount pricing for seniors. All day on theatre’s participating day, for any movie, at any showtime.
  • Show your student ID and save on movie tickets at participating Cinemark theatres
  • Show your valid U.S. government issued military ID and save on movie tickets at participating Cinemark theatres!
  • CineMode: An exclusive and interactive way to earn Cinemark rewards while being courteous during the show.
  • Find more discounts here.

Marcus Theatres

  • $5 Tuesdays at Marcus Theatres!
  • Marcus Theatres Sunday Passport will allow you to enjoy 4 movies for $20 on Sundays throughDecember 16, 2018.
    • Plus, you’ll enjoy a 20% concession discount when you present your passport at the concession stand
  • Holiday Classics: Celebrate the Holidays with these classic films for only $5!
  • Military Discount: All active military can see a movie for only $7.50 with valid ID.
  • Every Thursday, students of all ages & school faculty can enjoy blockbuster movies* for only $6 and a FREE 46oz popcorn. Simply show your school ID.
  • Senior Matinees: Come and enjoy a movie at any Marcus Theatres for only $6.00 for any show that starts before 5:30 PM.
  • Members of our Magical Movie Rewards Loyalty Program receive amazing benefits, and exclusive offers.
  • Find more specials here.

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Gateway Film Center

Become a member to receive perks like unlimited movies, bottomless popcorn, restaurant Discounts ($5 Pizzas and $5 Torpedos in The Torpedo Room), advanced screenings, special member-only events.

  • Solo Membership: $29.95/month, 6 or 12 months of unlimited movies, unlimited popcorn, special member-only events and advanced screenings and restaurant discounts
  • Duet Membership: $44.95/month, includes unlimited movies, unlimited popcorn, special member-only events and advanced screenings and restaurant discounts
  • Student Membership: $24.95/month, includes unlimited movies, unlimited popcorn, special member-only events and advanced screenings and restaurant discounts
  • Learn more about memberships here.

AMC Theatres

  • A-list Membership: See Up to 3 Movies Every Week, waived online fees, FREE popcorn, and fountain drink size upgrades and more for just $19.95 (+tax)/month.
  • Premier Membership: Enjoy waived online fees, FREE popcorn and fountain drink size upgrades and more for just $15 (+tax)/year.
  • Insider Membership: Get a FREE refill on every large popcorn you purchase, $5 Ticket Tuesdays and more. Join for FREE.
  • Click here on more information on how to become a member.

Drexel Theater

The Drexel Theatre Membership program offers four levels of support and benefits.

  • Student with valid student ID: $40/year
    • $2 off student general admission* every time you visit the Drexel
    • Free small popcorn or small fountain drink (6/year)
    • Discounts for selected special events
  • Senior (55+): $55/year
    • $2 off senior general admission* every time you visit the Drexel
    • Free small popcorn or small fountain drink (12/year)
    • Discounts for selected special events
  •  Individual: $75/year
    • $2 off general admission* every time you visit the Drexel
    • Free small popcorn or small fountain drink (12/year)
    • Discounts for selected special events
    • Two guest passes per year
  • Household: $150/year – up to 4 named members
    • $2 off general admission* price for each member of the household every time you visit the Drexel (maximum of 4 people)
    • Free small popcorn or small fountain drink (24/year)
    • Discounts for selected special events
    • Four guest passes per year
    • Add-Ons – Additional individuals can be added to this membership level for $20/person
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Beer for Breakfast: Start the day at 4 Columbus breweries

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Is there such a thing as “too early” for a beer? We would humbly submit that no, there isn’t.

While everyone else is waiting until noon, raise a toast to the sunrise with these breakfast-themed creations from some of Columbus’ top breweries.

Note: always drink responsibly. We don’t want any angry calls from your boss saying you showed up to work completely tossed. Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Wolf’s Ridge |215 N 4th St

The brewmaster at Wolf’s Ridge is clearly a strong believer in popping off in the AM. “Cinnamon Toast Brunch” – a cinnamon-infused twist on the brewery’s staple cream ale, is delicious at any time of the day. Need something with a little more kick to get you moving? Wolf’s Ridge cellar reserve bottle offering, “’17 All The Breakfast,” is an imperial breakfast-style ale that clocks in at 10.8% ABV.

Homestead Beer Co. | 811 Irving Wick Dr W, Heath

Columbus Beer Week is a celebration of the many, many great beers available throughout central Ohio. If you stand any chance of sampling them all, breakfast brewskis are a must. Luckily, Homestead Beer Co. has you covered with a Beer Week concoction that will take you back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons and rainbow-colored milk. Prepare yourself for Homestead’s Cocoa Pebbles porter, “Yabba Dabba Brew.”

Hoof Hearted Brewing | 850 N 4th St

Like their neighbors Wolf’s Ridge up the street, Hoof Hearted offers a sudsy take on cinnamon toast crunch. At 10.5% ABV, “Miracle Toast” will either start your day off on a strong note, or send you back to bed until noon.

Though not explicitly marketed as a breakfast beer, Hoof Hearted’s “Fitness Freak,” an imperial stout with coffee, vanilla and maple syrup added, has all of the morning-time flavors you crave. At a whopping 14%, it’s also a surefire way to transition from brunch to nap time.

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Platform | 408 N 6th St

If you don’t think a peanut butter cream puff from Schmidt’s qualifies as a breakfast item, what are you doing with your life? Cleveland-based Platform pays homage to a Columbus institution with the release of their “Schmidt’s Peanut Butter Fudge Puff” brew. This maibock style beer boasts a respectable 7.1% ABV – just enough for some AM fun without derailing your whole day.

What’s your go-to morning brew? Let us know in the comments!

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3 bar trivia spots for weeknight fun

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“Man, you guys suck!” The trivia host said as he came by our table table to retrieve his brightly colored buzzer. He wasn’t wrong. My friend/trivia partner and I probably should have had less to drink. We probably should have been playing closer attention to the questions, or stopped second-guessing ourselves into wrong answers. Now, the contest was over, and our chances at a $10 bar tab were utterly dashed. Of the six or so teams competing, we came in dead last.

In recent years, bar trivia has emerged as a popular pastime for bar patrons to put their knowledge to the test in a quiz show format, complete with dynamic and entertaining hosts. In these contests, teams which typically consist of a handful of friends, vye against each other for meager prizes—usually a small amount knocked off of the winning team’s bar bill. As my luckless friend and I quickly learned, it’s a form of entertainment where only the fast and the nerdy survive. 

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Like karaoke, bar trivia offers participants a chance do something at their local watering hole besides pound drinks. Bars are eager for something to draw customers on the slower nights of the week, and contestants get the chance to put their pop culture knowledge to work. But what kind of person goes to a bar on a weeknight to mentally dominate drunk strangers?

“In my opinion, there’s trivia people, and then there’s not,” explains John Egbert, who hosts several trivia nights each week for the company Excess Trivia (it was Egbert who chided my friend and I that evening when we completely bombed). “I have a lot of people sign up just to try it, and quickly realize it’s not for them.” 

By day, Egbert is a working artist—he recently designed beer labels for Columbus’ Elevator Brewing. By night, he leads bar patrons through rounds of buzzer-style (think Jeopardy) and multiple-choice rounds of trivia in his role as host.

“When I started this I wasn’t a trivia guy. I did not have fun playing Trivial Pursuit; I didn’t watch Jeopardy,” Egbert says of his beginnings in what has become a full-time pursuit. He only fell in love with trivia after tiring of his onetime role of karaoke host. 

“I felt like with karaoke, one of the downsides was dealing with really busy nights and everybody wanting to sing—and not wanting to wait to sing,” Egbert explains. “With trivia, everybody gets to play at the same time. Everybody gets to be the star.”

If public recognition is a motivator for their audience, you have to wonder what would inspire Egbert and his fellow hosts to choose this unique vocation.

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Jason “Squirrel” Davis runs his own trivia company, currently hosting three nights each week at local bars. He is perhaps best known for his first and longest running show at The Gateway Film Center. By day, he works in the accounts payable department at Capital University.  

For Davis, it’s the chance to stretch his legs as an entertainer in a way not afforded to him in his day job that keeps him coming back. “As a host, it’s the performance aspect,” Davis explains. “I like to think I’m funny. My style is more of a fun game. For the teams, it’s more about fun than the challenge.”

To Mike Durst, who like Egbert is among the dozen or so hosts employed by Excess Trivia, it’s the social dimension that makes the work appealing. 

“It’s pretty much my entire social life. My social circle has basically turned into people I know through trivia,” says Durst. “It’s nice, I get to go to work and know that I’ll see friends of mine and have a couple of beers and see what’s going on in their lives the past week.”

Davis’ sentiments are shared by Egbert, who also appreciates the opportunities for socialization that trivia affords to host and player alike. “I’m pretty selfish about it. I look at it like, it’s my night too, so I want to have a good time while I’m doing it,” he explains. “I always tell people, if you’re a real try-hard, overly-competitive type, my night might not be for you. I run a fun game, and it’s a reason for you and your friends to get together at a bar.”

With the prevalence of fan culture today, it’s likely that the brains of most people are overflowing with a wealth of trivial knowledge on at least one topic: sports stats, Breaking Bad, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter—whatever your bag may be—bar trivia offers a small form of redemption for countless of hours spent in idle media consumption. 

The next time you’re hard up for something to do on a weeknight, spare the neighborhood bar your 10,000th karaoke rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and give trivia a try. You might even make some new friends along the way.

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Clintonville Brunch Crawl: We dare you to squeeze all 3 stops into 1 day

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Clintonville is lovely this time of year, especially when you make three separate stops for brunch. 

Whether the weather is gracing the charming little burgh with a healthy dose of vitamin D or giving it a couple spins around the Lazy Susan that is Ohio’s climate, a trifecta of morning food destinations is sure to keep your mood afloat.

BLunch  • 2973 N High St.

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Yes, we know that Columbus now is home to a Drunch AND a BLunch.

Snicker all ya want—if you do, you’d be missing out on one of the culinary scene’s welcome newcomers—a half-day cafe that carries the comforts of a First Watch, but with the sophisticated execution of Tasi or Katalina’s.

The White Family has decades of hospitality under their belt—the family owned Galena’s Mudflats until recently, and dad Jeff has been running the OSU Faculty Club for the past 20 years.

Those two were training grounds for son Jeff, once a young, eager dishwasher and now head chef for the White’s new “daylight eatery and bar.” Mom Jane, despite her own admission that in the family’s tavern-running days breakfast didn’t get served until halfway through afternoon, now relishes an intimate spot where people can maintain their own balance between booze and breakfast.

A full-bar at brunch is a rarity in the peculiar little burg, and positioned near Lineage, Old Skool, and Condado, BLunch could be the perfect starting point for a casual Clintonville crawl.

Then again, you may not have another stop after Chef Jeff gets done with ya. He and the White family have concepted a bennies-and-batter focused menu, where you’ll be sure to come back after a healthy amount of indecision. Me? I’ve been dreaming about the Bananas Foster pancakes (topped with ice cream) and the huevos rancheros over masa cake for weeks. – Travis Hoewischer

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Dough Mama • 3335 N High St.

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Dough Mama is the top of my list for my favorite breakfast joint. I love so much about this place.

The atmosphere is super chill, laid back, and inviting. The food is so so good. I would call it comfort food with an extra sprinkle of love and thought.

From pie to salad, it’s all good.

They use a variety of local and seasonal ingredients and support some of my favorite local delicacies with Dan the Baker bread and Thunderkiss coffee … YUM! They also have a variety of vegan and gluten-free options.

I am smitten with the Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy muffin. This place is my go to for a yummy drippy egg, roasted potatoes, salad, a sweet treat and a perfect cup of coffee.

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My husband loves Grammie’s Sammie and a piece of Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie. I somehow manage to splurge here and feel really really good about it.

Their menu has some great staples but they also always have specials that look and are amazing.

Right now they serve both lunch and breakfast during the day and I’ve heard it through the grapevine that they will soon be open in the evening and serving dinner. I cannot wait to see what delicious dishes they create for that menu. – Jana Rock

Baba’s • 2515 Summit St.

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Baba’s is my go-to breakfast spot in Columbus. You can grab a breakfast sandwich on their homemade griddle muffins (aka little pillows of heaven), order a rack of ribs, or in the spirit of Alabama Worley, have a slice of perfect pie and a cup of Thunderkiss coffee.

Their delicious baked goods are made in house, they smoke all of their own meats and their produce and coffee are all sourced locally, though their espresso will send you to the moon.

The service is fast, their team is super-friendly and there are never any pretentious vibes in the super chill atmosphere they have created on the corner of Hudson and Summit.

They’ve made a beautiful impact in their short existence in the SoHud neighborhood, fostering local artistic connections and bringing beautiful new mural art that rotates different artist from the community throughout the year. Don’t forget to grab one of their perfect cinnamon rolls for later. — Vanessa Jean Speckman

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