01 September 2010

How to See a Movie in Fort Collins


I am a huge fan of movies, and have been known to see three or four movies in one weekend. Although, it's been a while since I was that much of a movie glutton. One of my favorite things to do is to see an early movie alone in the middle of the week. I started doing this during law school (it was a great refresher when I was spending hours studying), and try to do it at least once or twice a year. I justify seeing more movies by going to the early shows - I can't remember the last time I paid full evening prices for a movie. Besides, I have other things to do with my nights.

We've been going to New Belgium's bike-in movies on Thursday nights. Two dollars gets you in and three more gets you a pint of beer. If you are hungry, there is pizza and popcorn for sale, and I think burritos too. Many people also bring their own snacks. It's a little like the McMenamins theatres in Portland, except for the lack of an actual theatre and seats. Really it's just the ability to enjoy a good beer with my movie.

We bring our camp chairs and set up with everyone else. Although, we walk down there instead of bike. It's still in the spirit of the evening - leaving our car at home. I'm more likely to get a DUI on a bike than a car (yes, that's right, a DUI on a bike - I actually know someone who got pulled over on her bike here), so we just don't drink and bike.

The bike-in movies might not be the best setting for someone who usually wants to beat movie talkers with a steel bat. I saw Caddyshack for the first time a couple weeks ago (man, were people ugly in the 80s!!) - lucky for me everyone was able to call out characters' lines as they were being spoken. But, it is a fantastic way to watch previously watched movies. The movies tend to be ones that people watch over and over - tomorrow is Easy Rider, next week are the Clips of Faith (shorts made by NB's fans), and the last one this year is The Hangover.

Also, since we're on the topic of New Belgium, this weekend is Tour de Fat. We already have some wigs... stay tuned for pictures.


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