Watch the big screen on a little budget

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Friday night entertainment does not have to cost a fortune. Instead of paying $10.50 for a movie, plus the price of gas to even get to the theater, there are some cheap alternatives many are unaware of.

One does not even need to leave campus to watch a movie. Netflix has a $10 per month promotion, which allows you to watch as many movies you want either instantly on your computer or on an X-Box. Netflix will also send you movies on DVD via snail mail. This is a great alternative to going to the theater because it allows you to choose from a wide variety of movies, including some new releases as well as television shows.

Video rental companies allow renters to keep the movies for several days, but often the renter watches them the first night and lets the movie collect dust for the rest of the rental period. Netflix allows you to watch movies instantly, eliminating the possibility of late fees and the cost of gas.

Another cheap alternative is Redbox. This automatic movie dispenser is great for nights with nothing to do. At about $1 a night, Redbox is cheap entertainment. The dispensers are loaded with an adequate variety of movies, including some new releases.

However, the downside is that you have to pay with a debit or credit card and that the dispensers do not always have the best selection of movies. Redbox also does not carry TV shows, whereas Netflix and Blockbuster do.

As for the ladies of California Baptist University, Mission Grove Theater has a $5 ladies night on Tuesdays. This is a great solution for those of us who want to see the newly released movies in a theater, to still have that movie theater experience. The theater also sells tickets to students for $7.50 before 5 p.m.

Lastly, Campus Activities Board (CAB) sells tickets for any Regal Cinemas or AMC Theater for $7.50, as well as for Mission Grove Theater for $5.50.

These tickets can be purchased in the Game Room. This is a great alternative for those who are able to plan ahead a little bit. Although seeing movies at an actual theater is more expensive, it does allow viewers to see movies right when they are released.

To save money on refreshments, consider buying them outside of the theater. Girls frequently bring purses to the movies, so why not stuff them full of candy and drinks from the local gas station or the dollar store?

These shops tend to have snacks and drinks at a considerably cheaper price than the theater.

There are cheap ways to watch movies and be entertained every day of the week.

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