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Cheap Date: Romance by the Amoco sign

January 5th 02:01pm, 2012

CheapDate_logoI enjoy the bells and whistles (surround sound, stadium seating) of a state-of-the-art multiplex as much as the next man. But a date night calls for something less sterile than sitting in darkness for two hours at the Galleria or a faceless strip-mall movie theater.

Luckily, our town is flush with cinematic alternatives (the best of which offer alcohol). Easily one of the most underrated of these is the Hi-Pointe Theatre, a classy old joint teeming with nostalgia. It’s the perfect spot for an easy, inexpensive and memorable date. The old-school décor and giant marquee hearken back to a simpler time. So do the prices.

High Point

Hi-Pointe Theatre

Monday through Thursday is the prime time to go, when tickets are just $5 a pop. For a dollar more on weekends, you can get in on the campy wackiness of late-night grind-house films, complete with zany pre-show trailers starting at 11:30 p.m. The theater also offers a classic film series on Saturdays at 10:30 for $5. Before the lights dim, grab a glass of wine for $4 or a brewski for just $3.


Par Lounge

The cherry on top of this cheap date: Par Lounge, a laid-back, intimate and equally overlooked spot that is all but built-in next door to the Hi-Pointe. An upscale little hole in the wall where stiff drinks are enjoyed on leather couches, Par is the ideal starting or finishing point for this date. Even better, the cocktails won’t set you back much. Get there before 8 o’clock Wednesday through Saturday nights, and enjoy bottles of beer for a measly $2, well drinks for just $3 and calls for $4. House-made specialty pizzas at Par are likewise low-cost ($7) and available till the doors close at 3 a.m.

By Matt Berkley

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