Here are five unbeatable deals for Silicon Valley movie lovers:
Camera Cinemas Discount Card (San Jose and Campbell): The Camera Cinemas Discount Card costs only $70 and it’s good for TEN movies at San Jose’s Camera 3 and Campbell’s Camera 7. No theaters in Silicon Valley can top the Camera Cinemas’ slate of first run AND art house films. Every year, at least 90% of my Best Movies of the Year play on the Cameras’ nine screens. The Camera Cinemas offer other great deals, too, such as Student Night and Diaper Days. I buy several Discount Cards every year.
Cinema Club (Campbell): See ten as yet unreleased films for $160 (early bird rate is $149) at the Cinema Club. The films have been selected by Tim Sika, President of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and range from indie gems to Oscar Bait; the programing role has been transitioned to local filmmaker Alejandro Adams and film scholar Sara Vizcarrondo. There’s usually an post-screening Q&A with a filmmaker, either live or via Skype. It’s like seeing ten movies at a film festival – except it’s one per month instead of all at once. See my in-depth post Camera Cinema Club – A Must for Silicon Valley Film-lovers.
Cinequest (San Jose): Silicon Valley’s own major film festival Cinequest is, by some metrics, the largest in North America and was recently voted the nation’s best by USA Today readers. You can get a pass for as little as $155, and you can get individual tickets as well. The express pass for an additional tax-deductible $100 is a fantastic deal – you get to skip to the front of the lines! I usually screen (and write about) over thirty films from around the world at Cinequest; here’s my Cinequest coverage. It’s easy to meet the filmmakers. The 2017 Cinequest is scheduled for February 28 through March 12.
Bluelight Cinemas 5 (Cupertino): If you missed that Big Movie when it was first released two months ago, you can usually still find it at the Bluelight Cinemas 5, a stellar second-run house in Cupertino. Tickets are only $5.25! The Bluelight programs some art house fare, too.
Stanford Theatre (Palo Alto): See “classic films on the big screen as intended to be seen” at the beautifully restored 1925 movie palace Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto. Regular tickets are only $7. The Stanford also has a magnificent Wurlitzer organ. Indeed, the experience of seeing The Third Man, Singing in the Rain or My Darling Clementine on the big screen is unforgettable. And when you see Casablanca with an audience of strangers, you appreciate how exquisitely funny it is.