POTC Spotlight: Free movies and sneak previews

Before getting to this week’s spotlight, here are a few quickies:

– We have drawn our winner for the POTC NW Film Center ticket giveaway. Tony L. wins two tickets, thanks to everyone for entering and we’ll have another contest coming up in the beginning of August.

– Your new Willamette Week Cheap Skate deal for this week includes Pastini Pastaria lunch specials, Bishops Barbershop discounts, a free barbecue and more.

– Your guide for all things and events free this weekend will be posted later this evening at Aroundthesunblog, so be sure to check it sometime this weekend!

– PDX Pop Now! presents a free outdoor concert featuring three bands tonight on the front lawn of Portland City Hall, 5:30pm 8:30pm.

POTC Spotlight: Free movies and advance screenings.

Who doesn’t love a free movie? Fortunately for us Portlanders, there are plenty of opportunities to catch free flicks during the summer and throughout the year. Summer brings outdoor screenings at parks, pools, and rooftops as well the more traditional theater as part of the Family Series at Regal Cinemas.

Aroundthesunblog has compiled a great reference guide for these and more, while PDX Pipeline has listed out screenings at local restaurants, pubs and cafes. Also, check with your local library as they might have a special series just for families or show a movie as part of a discussion.

For free sneak previews and advance screenings through the year, try these resources:

Willamette Week and the Portland Mercury newspaper. Check the movie listings and look for advertisements for free screenings. There are different methods for scoring these tickets, from mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope somewhere, to texting a code on your phone, or by showing up at a local retailer or at the newspaper office at a certain time and date. For example, show up today at 11:00am at Ristretto Roasters at 3520 NW 42nd Avenue and get sneak preview passes for the movie “(500) Days of Summer”, screening 7:00pm next Tuesday, July 21st at Lloyd Center. The Portland Mercury is also showing a free screening of ‘Orphan’ 10:00pm next Tuesday, July 21st at Tigard Cinemas; get your passes at GoFoBo.com and enter RSVP code MERCQYM62A.

Web Sites:
Fat Wallet: helpful message board and movie thread that you can search by city. No registration required, check weekly for screenings in Portland or Tigard.

Film Metro: free, simple registration required to download movie passes.

Wild About Movies: if you can wade through all the ads and have a little patience with actually finding the movie screenings, you will be rewarded. But it is a challenge in actually getting to the free movie screening page, you have been warned!

Check back on Monday for our new post of weekly deals and freebies and thanks for visiting our web site!

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One Response to POTC Spotlight: Free movies and sneak previews

  1. Danielle says:

    Free screening of THE COVE on Monday,

    Roadside Attractions invites you and a guest to see THE COVE

    Monday, July 27

    Text MARINE and your zip code to 43549 to receive your text pass for two to a special advance screening!
    (ex: MARINE 97223)
    Must enter by Friday, July 24 at 11am! (Reply text will contain screening location)

    THE COVE is an astounding piece of investigative journalism with the heart of an action thriller. Led by Louie Psihoyos, leader of the Ocean Preservation Society, and Richard O’Barry, an internationally recognized authority on dolphin training who is best known for his work on the 1960’s TV show “Flipper,” the film follows a high-tech dive team on a mission to discover the truth about the international dolphin capture trade as practiced in Taji, Japan. Utilizing state-of the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide.

    THE COVE is also directed by Louie Psihoyos, who brings confidence and precision to his insider’s account of this life-or death covert operation. A celebrated photographer who has created images for National Geographic for 18 years, Psihoyos captures the magnificence of the dolphins themselves and the ocean that surrounds them.

    THE COVE opens in Portland at Fox Tower on August 7!

    Save Japan Dolphins!

    Texting services provided by 43KIX and are free. Standard text message rates from your wireless provider may apply. Check your plan. One entry per cell phone #. Must enter by Friday, July 24 at 11am. Late and/or duplicate entries will not be considered. Those who text in will receive a text pass good for two admissions to an advance screening of THE COVE on Monday, July 27, 2009. ARRIVE EARLY! Text passes do not guarantee seating. Seating is first-come, first-served.

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