Credit: Science Museum of MN

One of our favorite events starts next week.  The Omnifest, taking place at the Science Museum of Minnesota, begins January 4th-February 28th.  This is the 20th year for this fabulous event and each year the shows continue to amaze yes.  With five different films to choose from, there’s something for everyone.   You can purchase tickets in advance here on their website.

Our popular giant screen film festival returns to the Omnitheater, bringing five visitor favorites that will whisk you away on great adventures. Join in a shuttle mission to construct the International Space Station, ride shotgun in the Tornado Intercept Vehicle and chase after deadly storms, get a front row seat for the eruptions of some of the world’s most famous volcanoes, and much more.

Making this year’s fest even more special is the fact that the Science Museum – the largest museum-based producer of giant screen films – played a role in producing each film.

With a diverse film line-up that appeals to all ages and interests and a Minnesota tie to each film that can make each of us proud, Omnifest 2019 is an ideal destination this winter.

Christmas at the Riverview

Are you in the mood for a good Christmas movie?  Well you can enjoy seeing some on the big screen, Christmas at the Riverview  The fabulous Riverview is located in Minneapolis and we’ve mentioned it a few times but it’s on our list of favorite thrifty places!

Join us this Holiday Season as we continue our annual tradition by presenting three classic Christmas films!

December 20th – 23rd, 2018

Admission is just $2 per feature OR $1 with a non-perishable food donation!

Home Alone at 4:15pm

A Christmas Story at 6:30pm

It’s A Wonderful Life at 8:30pm

Help support your local food shelf this holiday season, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Minnehaha food shelf!

Three Upcoming Special Event Movies at Riverview Theater – Minneapolis

We’ve mentioned the Riverview Movie Theatre in Minneapolis before, a great place for inexpensive movies.  Occasionally they also have some special event movies.

We spotted three great events coming up soon.  The first is something new, the Adventure Film Festival.  It takes place this Thursday, November 15th. Enjoy the 2018 lineup of the best independent adventure films of the year.

Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music, a great film that the whole family can enjoy and yes even sing along with!.  Showing November 23-25 and again on December 1-2, advance tickets can be purchased here on their website.

The third special event show, although not for the whole family, should be quite popular – the Lord of the Rings Trilogy!  The Lord of the Rings event takes place December 30th and you can purchase advance tickets here on their website.



St Cloud Film Fest

What’s your favorite time of film to watch?  Documentary, action, science fiction or maybe comedy?  Check out the upcoming St Cloud Film Fest for a little bit of everything.  It takes place November 3th-10th.  This is the 8th year for the fest and it just keeps getting bigger and better each year.  The pass can be purchased online and it’s good for ALL 7 days.  There’s a great line up of films and you can find the entire schedule here.

The St Cloud Film Fest promotes film and filmmakers by creating opportunities for education, production, and appreciation during an annual festival and through year-long outreach.

The St Cloud Film Fest takes place over seven days in a historic theatre on the banks of the Mississippi River.


See Migo and Meechee from SMALLFOOT at the Minnesota State Fair – Saturday, 8/25

Here’s a fun and FREE activity for your kiddos during the Minnesota State Fair: Migo and Meechee from the upcoming movie SMALLFOOT are making an appearance at The Great Minnesota Get-Together!

Come say hi and meet these costumed characters on Saturday, 8/25 in Baldwin Park behind the Kidway from 9 am – 8 pm. Pick up a mini poster and activity sheet while supplies last and enter for your chance to win a SMALLFOOT movie prize pack! For more details, please visit the Facebook event page.

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, SMALLFOOT turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

Take a peek at the trailer here:



SMALLFOOT hits theaters September 28!

Eighth Grade Movie Advance Screening Thursday

Eighth Grade Elsie Fisher

You’re invited to a special “Parents Night Out” screening of Eighth Grade this Thursday! (And no, you don’t have to be a parent to attend the screening, but the movies is geared to those 17+, so the screening is not for kids.)

I saw the trailer for Eighth Grade last week and immediately thought four things:

  • I have to see this.
  • It’s going to make me laugh.
  • It’s going to make me cry.
  • This movie is going to be BIG!

Check out the trailer below and you’ll likely think similar thoughts:



About Eighth Grade: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year — before she begins high school.

Eighth Grade is written and directed by Bo Burnham and stars Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, and Jake Ryan.

Eighth Grade Movie Poster


Advance Screening RSVP:

Click HERE to RSVP for the advance screening of Eighth Grade, Thursday, July 19th, 7pm at AMC Rosedale. Tickets will be issued as available. Please remember that seating is on a first come, first served basis, so get there early!

Movies on the Hill – Back to the Future

Many of us remember the movie “Back to the Future”.  It might be the car you remember, the puffy vest on Michael J. Fox or how far into the future it seemed at the time.  Perhaps you want to see it outdoors or have your kids watch it with you?

Thursday evening July 12th, the Movies on the Hill – Back to the Future  will be showing at the Hyland Hills Sky area in Bloomington.  A fun free event that begins at 6pm.  Not only will be the movie be fun but there will also be a few Delorean cars on hand.

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FREE! Festivities start at 6pm!

Feel free to come hang out before hand. We are going to have:
– Music starting at 6pm   -Lawn games
– Grill and concessions – including popcorn, candy, grilled brats, burgers and hotdogs. Beer and pop.

Movie starts at Dusk (About 9pm, depending on sunset and cloud cover)

Feel free to bring blankets or chairs to sit on as it is grass amphitheater seating.

SEARCHING Advanced Screening in Roseville

I’m not a fan of horror movies, but I do enjoy a good thriller! That’s what we get with SEARCHING, coming to theaters August 3rd, starring John Cho and Debra Messing.

SEARCHING is a suspense/thriller film that has won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize as well as the NEXT Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In the film, after David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

While the movie doesn’t open in theaters until August 3, YOU could see it before then! Download a pair of passes here to see it on June 27 at 7 pm in Roseville at AMC Rosedale. Passes are available to download while supplies last. Be sure to arrive early as seating is on a first come, first served basis.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION Staycation Event at Mall of America

We’re getting seriously excited about Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation coming to theaters next month! We loved the previous flicks and can’t wait to see what comes with this follow-up.

You and your family can get in on the fun this upcoming weekend at the Mall of America with a Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Staycation Event in the Rotunda! Stop by on Friday, June 8 from 3 – 7 pm and Saturday, June 9 from 12 – 4 pm for free snow cones, character photo opportunities, family-fun activities and a sneak peek at the newest film.

Plus, you can watch the previous two movies for FREE! Hotel Transylvania will be shown starting at 5 pm on Friday, June 8 and Hotel Transylvania 2 will be shown starting at 2 pm on Saturday, June 9.

Here’s a little more about the new film:

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.


See HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION in theaters July 13, 2018!

Party with PANDAS at IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo!

Baby Pandas Imax

This Saturday, April 7, you’re invited to celebrate the 21st birthday of the IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo! There will be cake and fun activities plus FREE admission to the new movie PANDAS in IMAX 3D.

I had a chance to watch an advanced screening of PANDAS and it is awesome. We were smiling from ear to ear watching the baby pandas and giggling at their antics. The film has beautiful shots of China’s wilderness and panda habitat. And, while we did ooh and aah over the adorable pandas a lot, we also left much more informed about pandas and the importance of working to improve the chances of the survival of wild pandas.

About the Movie:

Pandas are beloved around the world, and now they are coming to the big screen in the IMAX® original film “Pandas,” a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family narrated by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” TV’s “The Good Place”).

After years of success breeding captive pandas, scientists at the Chengdu Research Base For Giant Panda Breeding (aka Chengdu Panda Base) in China are taking their efforts to the next stage and preparing captive-born cubs for release in the wild. This film follows one such researcher, whose passion leads her to initiate a new reintroduction technique inspired by a black bear rehabilitator in rural New Hampshire. What starts as a cross-cultural collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for a team of scientists and one special panda named Qian Qian (pronounced Chen Chen). The film, captured with IMAX® cameras, follows Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure into the mountains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers the freedom – and perils – of the wild side.

David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the filmmakers behind “Born to be Wild” and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” directed the film, which Fellman wrote and produced, with Douglas as director of photography. Donald Kushner and Steve Ransohoff also produced the film, with Li Xiao Dong, David Haring, and Elie Samaha executive producing. “Born to be Wild” and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” editor Beth Spiegel and composer Mark Mothersbaugh collaborated with Douglas and Fellman once again, with sound design by Gus Koven.



IMAX Entertainment presents, in association with IMAX Documentary Films Capital, Jin Yi Culture Investment (HK) and Panda Productions, “Pandas.” This film, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, will be released in select IMAX® and IMAX® 3D theaters. It is rated G.

The IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo’s 21st Birthday party starts at 10:30 am with PANDAS playing at 11:30am. Admission is free if you mention THRIFTY MINNESOTA at the door. Seating for the event is limited and is on a first come, first served basis, so get there early!