Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,
Ellen
ennienyc

Entertainment doesn't have to bankrupt you

Some people wonder how I can afford so much entertainment on a meager freelance income. Though sometimes I have to bite the bullet and pay full price (*cough* Paul McCartney *cough*, worth every penny) I'm often able to get discounts through various means. Here's a summary of options:

Movie screenings:

MoMA  - sooo worth it

IFP (who had the recent "Inglourious Basterds" screening, in conjunction with the Producers' Guild). Members also screen and vote on the Indie Spirit Awards nominees in January/February

NATAS if you work in TV 

For the general public (so you have to get there at least an hour early to be sure to get in):

Gofobo
Film Metro
Curbside Booty

Check your Visa card. If it's a Signature, you can get 2 for 1 on movie tickets and occasional other offers

Best theater/event deals ($3.50-$4 per ticket, $85-99 yearly fee), must check listings regularly:

Audience Extras
Theater Extras
Play-By-Play

Pretty good theater/event discounts:

TDF, if you qualify under various categories. $30 annual fee, more Broadway and can reserve farther in advance than the Extras clubs. Vouchers for off-off-Broadway can be purchased by nonmembers.

OK theater/event discounts (membership is free), similar prices to TKTS booth but can reserve in advance:

Goldstar
Broadway Box
Playbill 
Theatermania (they also have a paid Gold club with better deals - I'm not a member)

Free stuff all in one place:

Club Freetime (I do the paid membership but it's easy enough to Google to find out where an event is)

Have fun!
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