Last Minute LA Gifts: For the movie junkie

I’ve never been a big fan of gift certificates, but thats mostly because I prefer to give and receive gifts that show the giver put some thought into the personality, needs, and wants of the recipient. For film junkies, however, passes to their favorite theatre could be as good as getting the Evel Knievel Super Stunt Set when you’re five years old. Almost. (of course, that could just be me).

Here’s four last minute ideas – and the first two you can even order online:

A membership to Film Independent. Over 100 free screenings of independent films before their release (if they’re ever even released), plus a ton of resources for the low budget or beginning filmmaker (free space to hold auditions or meetings, classes on everything from budgeting to editing to distribution). I’d also argue that this is best place in LA for aspiring Scorseses to network with other up and comers and established movie mavens. [info]

The New Beverly’s Special Discount Card.
I know we’ve been shilling a bit for the greatest revival movie theatre in L.A., but its genuine love – $7 for two movies? Cheapest concessions in L.A.? Crazy special events hosted and attended by the likes of Edgar Wright, Diablo Cody, and QT himself? Sticky floors that remind you it used to be a porn theatre? This place shills itself! The discount card is $36 for 8 admissions (that’s under $2.50 per movie). [info]

An American Film Institute membership. The $50 “friend” level includes a magazine subscription and free passes to screenings and and their annual film festival. Additional options start at $25 with almost no perks, on up through the thousands of dollars which includes a date with Natalie Portman. Okay, not really about the date, but without an AFI membership, you don’t even deserve her phone number. [info]

Hollywood Book & Poster Company. Okay, this one is a bit of blog slop, since at the time of writing I can’t confirm if they give out gift certificates. At the very least, you can designate $25 or so for the recipient to spend at this shop on a poster for their favorite movie – possibly even a rare or international version.

Any other suggestions?

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