Like us, you may be in mourning for the closing of The Royale in Mesa after only six months, but that doesn't mean there aren't still a number of local venues for viewing independent and art-house films at decent prices (like, say, free).
Sure, you'll sometimes have to compromise on seating quality, but isn't that worth it to see new masterpieces and old favorites on the big screen?
At a time when film-house chains are desperately reinventing themselves into into lavish spaces that have more in common with the movie palaces of Old Hollywood (see AMC's Esplanade 14), these smaller theaters are focusing on a few great films and passing the savings on.
Here are seven spots to see movies on the cheap:
Rundown: FilmBar in downtown Phoenix continues to draw audiences with its selection of independent and classic films and documentaries, like the upcoming Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, which follows the rags-to-riches tale of Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash (screening Jan. 24 at 6 and 7:45 p.m.). Offering an extensive bar inventory with more than 30 craft beers (including 10 of your favorite local brews for $4-5) and more than 15 wines, plus snacks, FilmBar is an excellent spot to have an adult's night out at the movies.
Location: 815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. (602) 595-9187.
Cost: $7, with $5 matinees (including 8 p.m. Mondays) and a free ticket for a show on your birthday.
See six more places to catch offbeat and classic films for less after the jump.