Today's featured event: Catch a movie and fireworks at the Regal River Point

Let's face it. Going to the movies, at least the first-run variety, isn't really the same great, cheap entertainment it used to be. You know how it works: You dish out at the box office, and you dish out at the concession stand, and then you enter the theater laden down like a pack animal, with too much of everything. And not only are you empty-pocketed, but you're about to completely overspend your calorie budget as well. Sheesh. But on the other hand, you know you love it -- the big screen, the greasy popcorn, the coming attractions and that old-fashioned shared camaraderie in the flickering darkness.

If you see yourself in this big picture, here's a bit of hoopla for you: The brand-new Regal River Point Stadium 14 theater is winding down its three-day preview festivities. Today's the last to get $2 movies, popcorn and drinks -- and there's a full roster of films to choose from, many of them family-friendly. Proceeds for the day will benefit the Adoption Exchange. And as if that wasn't enough, Regal will even throw in a free fireworks show choreographed to movie theme songs tonight at 9:30 p.m.

Want more? Come back tomorrow night at 12:01 a.m. and be one of the first Harry Potter geeks in town to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (advance tickets are already on sale at www.fandango.com). And at the theater's official grand opening on Wednesday, every full-price ticket-buyer will be treated to a free order of popcorn and soda. Now we're talking!

Then the bubble bursts, and it's back to business as usual. But isn't this a pop-culture fairytale worth experiencing for a few beautiful days and nights? The Regal River Point is at 3565 South Platte River Drive in the River Point at Sheridan retail district; visit www.regmovies.com/cinemas/RiverPointStadium14.aspx for details.

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