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 one movie ticket, one large popcorn, and one large drink at the Crest Theatre (up to an $18.50 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 high culture from your spot in the stadium-seating auditorium with ornate gold-and-red curtains and majestic purple walls. Scope out the calendar to spy a preferred film and ensure a timely monocle dusting. Upcoming films include Bertrand Tavernier’s historical drama The Princess of Montpensier, premiering May 6, which follows a young noblewoman caught in a web of romance and a labyrinth filled with minotaurs. Today's Groupon allows you to couple your viewing with a large popcorn (a $5.25 value) and large soda (a $3.75 value). A spacious seating area ensures you'll rarely have to worry about saving a spot, and free parking is available nearby at 10th and L streets.
"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.