One, Two, or Four Movie Tickets with Popcorn at Mindframe Theatres (Up to 40% Off)

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Dolores S. · 1 reviews
· Reviewed December 26, 2017
Super cute movie theater! Reminded me of a 90s coffee shop so I had some high school flashbacks. Great popcorn!


Jess A. · 3 reviews TOP REVIEWER
· Reviewed November 16, 2017
Dubuque's hottest movie theater is MINDFRAME. Opened in 2008, this once forgotten building has been transformed into the local go-to for independent cinema. This place has everything: gourmet popcorn, a coffee shop, Stone Cliff wine, fundraising advertisements featuring the owners in a preposterous Star Wars parody. Look who's at the ticket counter - is that Jeff Bridges? No, that’s Gary Busey taking a selfie at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. On a more serious note, we always have a great time and the Groupon amount is treated like a gift card. So if you don't want the popcorn, the money can go towards another movie or other concession stand items.


Jennifer C. · 1 reviews
· Reviewed September 26, 2017
Great place ! Great value ! Staff very friendly ! Awesome popcorn ! Great value ! Will go again soon .

What You'll Get

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  • $15 Gift Certificate For One Movie Ticket and One Small Popcorn
  • $25 Gift Certificate For Two Movie Tickets and One Medium Popcorn
  • $45 Gift Certificate For Four Movie Tickets and One Large Popcorn

Cinematic Storytelling: How Directors Manipulate Audiences

It’s easy to lose yourself in a movie, forgetting that you’re even looking at a screen—and much of that is because of the ways the camera lures you in. Read on to learn some of the basic techniques directors use to subtly affect our emotions.

Though much of a movie’s story is told through dialogue, film is inherently a visual art. As a result, many of the techniques filmmakers use—the language of the cinema, so to speak—are subtle visual tricks designed to instill certain thoughts or emotions in an audience’s mind. One of the simplest of these techniques is controlling the direction of movement. If a character enters from the left side of the screen, viewers may naturally consider him a “good guy,” instantly feeling at ease with his presence. The idea behind this principle is that the eye is more comfortable moving from left to right, since this mimics the motion of reading in most Western cultures. Likewise, a character entering from right to left can be seen as unnatural and unfamiliar—a clear antagonist. Directors can also use vertical motion to influence audiences. If a character moves down the screen, from top to bottom, it appears comfortable, as the audience subconsciously assumes the pull of gravity aids in the motion. All of these tricks can be used together to instill a scene with unbearable tension—if the camera moves diagonally up the screen from right to left, defying both gravity and the eye’s natural movements, audiences can feel dread without even knowing it.

Though they sound like clever artistic flairs, many of these techniques were the children of necessity. For the filmmakers who made classics such as The Great Train Robbery and Metropolis, the camera had to do all the work of telling the story without the help of sound. Title cards could communicate locations and dialogue, but directors used them as a last resort since their static appearance was less engaging than the marvel of a moving image. Thus, filmmakers were forced to experiment with the nascent art of cinematography. Along with the aforementioned tricks, directors found ways to introduce plot and character details without saying a word, such as using light to highlight important objects or shooting a character from a low angle to make him instantly appear more powerful.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 90 days. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Any leftover value can be used towards concessions or admissions. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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