Double Features and Marathons!

Double Features and Marathons are my two favorite kinds of movies. I’m writing this ahead of time but I’m sure that I had a blast at the Avengers Double Feature.

Pitch Perfect Double Feature


Cinemark and Celebration! are both running a Pitch Perfect double feature on Thursday 5/14. It is not unlikely that Regal and AMC will follow suit. Unfortunately there is no Mad Max marathon for Mad Max Fury Road which also starts 5/14.

Jurassic Park


I am also hopeful of a Jurassic Park marathon with the new feature. Currently the only option is May 9th, the Academy of Natural Sciences is showing the first three movies on the big screen (but not the new one) at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa.

There are still some other possibilities this summer. I’d love (and even travel for) a Terminator marathon in front of the new feature. A Despicable Me marathon (1, 2, and Minions) would be great for my granddaughter and I. Perhaps a Magic Mike double feature to please the ladies. Oooh, how about a new and old Poltergeist? That last is exceptionally unlikely as the studios hate showing the original with the reboot (so much so that when our local cinema tried to book the original Carrie, they actually refused.). Other options include a Ted double feature and an Insidious marathon.

Sunset Drive-In


Speaking of double features, the Sunset Drive-In in Shelby, NC has opened for the season. This weekend (Friday and Saturday) they will be playing Avengers: Age of Ultron and Cinderella for only $12 a carload. I’m waiting for my granddaughter to be a little older before taking her but you should definitely go see a Drive-In movie if and when you can.

I am proud that both of my daughters have memories of the Waynesville Drive-In before it shut down a decade or so ago.

No Post Today – Well Kinda Sorta – Avengers Assemble!

No post today (other than this) as I am taking a nifty mental health day to see The Avengers double feature and enjoy a nice juicy hamburger. Ooooh and a ridiculously large Coke Icee! I love summer movie season.

Avengers Double Feature


Woohoo! This double feature is playing at select Regal, Edwards, Carolina, AMC, Epic, Cinemark, and other theaters.

The Hobbit Marathon

The Hobbit


The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Bilbo and Company are forced to be embraced in a war against an armed flock of combatants and the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.”

I love movie marathons. This time, they have found a wonderful new incentive. The Hobbit marathon is the only way to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies early.

Five Armies officially opens on Wednesday, December 17th. This means that theaters will be playing early shows on Tuesday, December 16th BUT if you go to the marathon on Monday, December 15th then you get to see Five Armies on the 15th.

Hobbit Marathon

Regal is also pulling out the stops and putting the marathon in Imax and RPX theaters. Honestly, what else are people going to be doing on a Monday in mid-December. My assumption is that this will be at the HFR as well. Regal is also planning on issuing a coupon (for RCC members) for a $7 large combo because you will need those FREE refills during your eight and a half hour ordeal.

Epic, Cinemark, AMC, and several other chains are also participating in the marathon.

FREE Movie Tickets – Dracula Untold, Fury, Penguins of Madagascar

Yay! After quite a dry spell, it looks like the FREE movie offers are coming back.

Dracula Untold

At Wal-Mart, they have an endcap of Universal horror DVDs and Blu-Rays that have $7.50 movie money for Dracula Untold. This includes classic titles such as The Complete Frankenstein Legacy Collection as well as more modern fare such as the Brendan Fraser Mummy series. It is Fandango movie money so caveat emptor.


Fandango is offering a Buy One, Get One FREE deal on Fury. You have to go to one of the theaters that supports Fandango ticketing and pay their pesky fee but still a nice deal. AMC Stubs members have the ticket fee waived.

Penguins of Madagascar

Fox is re-releasing a bunch of its animated titles on October 21st. These will have movie money for the new Penguins of Madagascar film. Titles include: Kung Fu Panda 1 & 2, Madagascar 1 & 2, Shrek, Rise of the Guardians, and Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron.

* AMC Theaters have a coupon for a $1 large popcorn if you sign up on their Facebook page.

* Closer to Christmas, Warner will be rereleasing all of their Tolkien titles with movie money for the final Hobbit movie.

BOGO Movie Tickets – The Giver & When The Game Stands Tall

In a last ditch effort to grab some dollars in a very sagging movie market, several chains are offering Buy One, Get One FREE deals.

The Giver


Regal, Epic, AMC, and other chains are offering Buy One, Get One FREE tickets to The Giver for the next week.

When the Game Stands Tall


AMC, Epic and other chains are also offering Buy One, Get One FREE tickets this week for When the Game Stands Tall.

The BoxTrolls


Sun-Maid is giving away 5,000 pairs of tickets to see The BoxTrolls. The random giveaway is here.

AMC Shows for Support & Planet of the Apes Double Feature


AMC theaters has introduced a cheap alternative to movie tickets. Every Monday-Wednesday at 9:30, they will show select movies for $3. 100% of the proceeds will go to charity. It is kind of like the summer movie program but for adults.

Catching Fire

6/30 – 7/2 Catching Fire


7/7 – 7/9 Non-Stop

7/14 – 7/16 Robocop

7/21 – 7/23 300: Rise of an Empire

7/28 – 7/30 Pompeii

8/4 – 8/6 Need for Speed

8/11 – 8/13 Ride Along

Apes Double Feature


Cinemark, Regal, AMC, and other chains are doing a double feature of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Thursday, July 10th.

Return of the Double Feature – Jump Street and Dragon

I love double features and marathons. Sadly I won’t be able to see either of these.

Jump Street


* Regal, Cinemark, AMC, Metro, and Arclight Cinemas are offering 21 and 22 Jump Street as a double feature on 6/12/14. Regal’s price is a very reasonable $15 and starts at 5 p.m. Participating Regal theaters can be found here. Regal Crown Club members receive a coupon for a $5 medium combo (which can be upgraded).

Double Dragon

* AMC also has a How to Train Your dragon double feature the same day. The original is shown at 6 p.m. with the sequel following at 8.

AMC Best Picture Showcase – AMC 3, Regal 0, Carolina Cinemas Yumm

AMC Oscar


AMC Theaters is doing their Oscar nominee marathon again this year. Participating theaters are in the link above.

On Saturday, February 22nd, you can see four movies (Philomena, Dallas Buyer’s Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, and 12 Years a Slave) for $30.

On Saturday, March 1st, you can watch the five remaining Best Picture nominees (Nebraska, Captain Phillips, Her, American Hustle, and Gravity) for $40.

If you want to go both days, the combo ticket is $60. Each day gives you $5 bonus bucks on your Stubs card. A few markets are doing a one-day blitz of all nine movies on March 1st. Of course, if you do that you are unlikely to be awake for the Oscars the next day.

We do not have an AMC theater in our area. Regal, which had an Oscar marathon last year, declined to do it this year, citing that most of the movies were still in theaters anyway (a rather weak excuse in my opinion, especially since we have two Regal theaters comprising 22 screens and only Philomena is playing at them – the other eight nominees having been and gone).

/sigh I love movie marathons. I’m hoping Regal has a marathon of Captain America, The Avengers, and Captain America: Winter Soldier like the one they did for Thor: Dark World.

Regal Cinemas


* Speaking of Regal Cinemas, I have a Regal Cinema Club card that I use every time I attend to earn the usual popcorn, soda, and movie tickets. They have a special Elite card that they can give out when you reach 10,000 points. I say can because they have to pick you for Elite status, you don’t automatically earn it at 10,000.

Searching the internet, I found several people who had gotten the card but none who talked about the swag package that supposedly comes with it. I won’t reach that lofty total any time soon because I split my time between Regal Biltmore Grande, Carolina Cinemas, and Epic in Hendersonville with occasional side trips when I’m out of town.

Carolina Cinemas


* Speaking of Carolina Cinemas, as if they weren’t already my number one choice, they have just introduced a new menu. This new menu includes locally sourced meats, vegetables, and cheeses as well as breads from Carolina Mountain Bakery. Many of the new options are Gluten-Free and/or Vegetarian (this is Asheville).

The one I’m looking forward to trying: Asheville Cheese Plate ($9) – 2 selected cheeses from local producers, fresh bread from Carolina Mountain Bakery, selected local fruit, and a rotating seasonal accompaniment.