At drive-in theaters, the best seats are reserved for punctual elitists and fashionably late monster trucks. Avoid the perils of Hobbesian parking battles by settling into a cozy seat with today's Groupon: for $14, you get two tickets to any show (up to a $9 value each) and two medium beverage-and-popcorn combos (an $8 value each) at The Loft Cinema (up to a $34 total value).
A nonprofit arts organization, The Loft presents adventurous moviegoers with independent, foreign, classic, and cult cinema screened in a refurbished film house. With two theaters, the cinema maintains a healthy number of daily show times and a constant influx of new films and old vaudeville comedians patiently waiting for their renaissance. Real buttered popcorn serves as an ideal companion to fresh, award-winning features such as Buck and The People vs. George Lucas, as well as cult films such as Jaws, the classic thriller that made an entire nation terrified of befriending Richard Dreyfuss.
Housed in a refurbished film house that was renovated in 2002, The Loft features comfortable seating, a classic big screen, and an outdoor patio ideal for pre- and postshow debates about whether wearing 3-D glasses to perform open-heart surgeries is reckless or fashionable. In addition to the soda-and-popcorn combos included, the health-conscious concession stand dispenses a variety of vegan cookies, slices of Fresco pizza, and microbrewed beers (not valid with this Groupon).
The Loft Cinema
Since 2002 The Loft Cinema, a nonprofit, has unspooled a constantly changing lineup of independent, foreign, and classic films. The classic big screen in the main theater and secondary screen upstairs flicker with a full schedule of small-run documentaries and feature films. Special themed series—such as Late Night Cult Classics, which exposes night owls to quirky hits, and One Hit Wonders, one-night-only showings of thought-provoking documentaries—bring little-seen titles to life in brilliant 35 mm. An eclectic concession stand dispenses snacks both familiar and creative, including popcorn drizzled with real butter, vegan cookies, craft beers, and licorice boom mics that are slowly lowered over guests’ heads.