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Open Channel: What $3 Movie Are You Seeing Tomorrow?

On National Cinema Day, 3,000 cinemas are offering discount tickets. Will you go see a blockbuster or take a chance on an indie?

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The Cinema Foundation, in an effort to make up a holiday that would appeal to both consumers and theaters, has announced that this Saturday—September 3—is National Cinema Day. Some 3,000 theaters across the U.S. are officially participating in the promotion, from chains like Regal and AMC to smaller art-house theaters. Jaws is even making a big-screen return!

Some summer blockbusters may have already left the silver screen, but there are plenty of great films still out there. If you were asking me to give you a recommendation, I’d say go see Nope, Jordan Peele’s metaphorically rich creature feature. Top Gun: Maverick has gotten rave reviews across the board, so if you’re looking for something that’s almost guaranteed to be a good time, this sound-barrier-breaking Tom Cruise vehicle is an easy choice. Likewise, Bullet Train is supposed to be relatively straightforward, mindless fun. I might encourage the adventurous spirit to go see Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, especially if you enjoyed RRR over the summer.

There’s no real way to guess which theaters are participating or not, but the organizers of National Cinema Day have compiled a searchable database that shows the theaters participating in the promotion. Just plug in your zip code and get off to the movies. What movie are you looking forward to this weekend?

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