The Agenda is a big advocate of seeing movies on a big screen, surrounded by a crowd of friends and strangers connected by laughter, suspense, pathos, and excitement. Sure, the ability to watch Mark Ruffalo while sprawled on your couch in nothing but boxers and a blankie is a benefit to home viewing, but we spend so much solo screen time these days that the communal experience of film in a theater is well-worth hanging on to.
But the economics can feel tough to justify: Up to $12 a ticket (never mind popcorn and parking) at many SF theaters makes regular moviegoing a hard pill to swallow. For goodness’ sake, its only five bucks or so to rent a film and squeeze a whole gang of skivvy-clad Mark Ruffalo fans onto your comfy loveseat (Don’t forget to factor in the cost of a massive afghan).
Enter compromise, in the form of the SF MovieBears, a group of furry, film-loving fellows who—out of pure sociability and movie love—organize weekly group movie nights which allow members of the general public (regardless of physique, hirsuteness, and gender) to purchase discount tickets (usually $8) to screenings of first run films. You just reserve online, show up at the theater to get your ticket, and enjoy. You can even sit wherever you want, although introducing yourself and sitting with other MovieBear participants offers a great opportunity for making new friends with at least one (movies) and quite possibly two (bears) common interests.
Jake Grrrrr..ylenhall in End of Watch, the MovieBear screening on October 3
Among upcoming outings are:
—Keep the Lights On, the much buzzed about film about a gay relationship sullied by drug abuse
—The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a coming of age comedy featuring Ezra Miller, the demon seed from We Need to Talk About Kevin
—End of Watch, with Jake Gyllenhall as a cop
Check out th SF Movie Bears website to learn about their other social events, including nights at the theater, karaoke parties, hiking excursions, and more.