Luther Vandross had it right when he sang "the best things in life are free". Free food tastes better. You look sexy in clothes you got as gifts. And The Love Guru is almost bearable when you're not pissed off at having spent $8.50 for endless penis jokes and Mike Meyers' career assassination.
So if you need a reason to get out of the apartment (you can still afford the apartment, right?) and don't have a lot of cash, here are a few places to see a movie without having to sell your own blood.
Free movie screenings at Discovery Green - Between McKinney and Lamar, one block east of Austin at La Branch.
Movies are often shown at Discovery Green. As part of the Discovery Green arts series, KUHF Houston Public Radio presented its "Silent Film Concert Series," combining 1920s silent films with live, original music performed by Houston musicians. Discovery Green's free movie series also celebrated Houston's film mojo with a screening of quirky independent movie Rushmore, which was not only filmed in parts of Houston but was directed by Houstonian Wes Anderson.
Types of movies shown: It's a mixed bag. Though you might see R-rated movies, you probably won't find many Pulp Fiction, f-bomb-laced tales being screened in the middle of downtown Houston. And though you're encouraged to bring your own cooler, you're supposed to fill it with soda. Alcohol is prohibited in the park, though we hear some folks still sneak in a six-pack.
For more information: www.discoverygreen.com/en/calendarevents/ebevents/
Rice University's Starlight Movie Nights -- Rice Stadium on the university campus. Enter campus gates 13A or 13B on Greenbriar.
If you've got kids (or can borrow some), go to Starlight movie nights on the Rice University campus. Bring a blanket and watch a movie on the large Rice Stadium scoreboard all for the extremely reasonable price of free. Best of all, you're encouraged to bring your own snacks, so you don't have to smuggle that bag of microwave popcorn and those two Cokes under your jacket.
Types of movies shown: Typically family-friendly fare like Muppets from Space, though they have screened Apollo 13 and planned to show Forbidden Planet (1956) before Hurricane Ike put the kibosh on it.
For more information: www.rice.edu/movie
Domy Bookstore- 1709 Westheimer (next to Brasil)
Not content with being just a bookstore or an art gallery, Domy also screens movies: cult classics, sci-fi thrillers, independent films and more just about every Monday night, as well as some other weeknights. Check their website for details.
Types of movies shown: Everything from those '80s movies you're embarrassed to say you love (The Breakfast Club anyone?) to cult classics like Spinal Tap ("Well, this piece is called Lick My Love Pump") and documentaries like Who Killed the Electric Car?
For more information: www.domystore.com/houston/htx_films/index.html
Texas Filmmaker's Showcase at Dean's Credit - 316 Main Street (between Preston & Congress)
If independent film is more your taste, every first Thursday of the month Dean's Credit shows off local talent. Texas-made short films from the Houston Film Commission's Texas Filmmakers Showcase are shown and you can schmooze with the indie film crowd. Screenings are typically about an hour or so long and the crowd varies depending on the movie shown.
Types of movies shown: Local independent films that you probably won't see elsewhere. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the night in question and/or your taste. They screen features as well as short films.
For more information call 713-437-5249 or e-mail email@example.com.