You're on vacation, your time in Israel is limited and there's plenty to do and see, so who's got time for a movie, you ask? Well, it seems the question you should be asking yourself – at least this week – is who doesn’t love a bargain?
This Thursday, October 24, more than 40 movie theaters across the country are taking part in the first-ever "Yom Hakolnoa" ("Movie Day"), when every ticket for every movie will cost you a cool NIS 10; add NIS 4 to that if your selection is in 3D. (Normally full-price adult tickets cost NIS 38.)
That's right, for less than $3, you can see such films as Woody Allen's talked-about "Blue Jasmine," Tom Hanks' latest thriller "Captain Phillips," "The Butler," starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, Israel's Oscar contender "Bethlehem" and DreamWorks' animated "Turbo."
The major Israeli cinema chains such as Lev, Rav Hen, Yes Planet, Globus and Cinema City are taking part – and some will even operate on a holiday schedule, meaning screenings will start at 11 A.M. for the hardcore film buffs among you. For showtimes, check that day's newspaper or an individual theater's website to buy tickets online.
Judging by the number of Israelis who have waited in line for NIS 5 coffee in recent weeks, the theaters might get crowded Thursday. If you're keen on going and getting a good seat (in Israel, cinema seats are assigned), it's probably best to buy a ticket online a day or two before – and keep in mind that refreshments aren’t part of the deal.