Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second," making slow-motion sports replays and sped-up Benny Hill gags nothing but cruel, cruel lies. Get the real deal with today's Groupon: for $9, you get a ticket and snack package to see It's a Wonderful Life at the Crest Theatre (up to an $9.50 value), with 7:30 p.m. screenings from December 22nd to the 24th as well as twice-daily matinee showings on December 23rd and 24th at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each Groupon holder receives the following:
- One ticket (up to a $9.50 value)
- One large popcorn (a $5.25 value)
- One large soda (a $3.75 value)
A vivid neon sign and vintage marquee welcome guests to the Crest Theatre, a gorgeous cinema built in 1949 and still evocative of that era. Today, the treasured reel house projects the finest in foreign, independent, and art films, perfect for stocking up on film-studies trivia and necking during intermission. Sop up a holiday classic from stadium seating in an auditorium bedecked with ornate gold-and-red curtains and majestic purple walls during a big-screen showing of Frank Capra's 1946 black-and-white Christmas fable, It's a Wonderful Life. A spacious seating area ensures moviegoers rarely have to worry about saving a spot, and free parking is available nearby at 10th and L streets. Scope out the calendar to spy a full list of films and ensure a timely monocle dusting.
"Ornate" and "sweeping" only begin to describe the Crest Theatre, whose rich history extends back to 1912, when it was opened as a vaudeville house. Within its gargantuan auditorium, plush seats perch in subtly curved rows while elaborate lights and a sea-blue ceiling wash the space in ethereal hues. Moviegoers settle into the elegant confines to take in both new and classic films, reading the subtitles in a whisper to stuffed animals that forgot their glasses. Out in the lobby, a richly patterned carpet and bronzed floral motif cover the sprawling space as visitors belly up to the bar and snack on high-quality goodies.