Saturday, January 13, 2007


This page is designed to compile all known ways to attend a free advanced movie screening, both online and offline. If you live in Dallas and know of other providers or offers in your area, please leave a comment and help us out.

General Providers

When you attend enough advanced screenings, you start to notice that the same providers keep sponsoring them. So it's in your interest to find out more about these providers.

1. Local Radio

Generally, local radio stations can give out screening passes six ways:
  • Listen to win: "Our 29th caller gets tickets for two to see.."
  • Pass pick-up: "Drop by our station office and pick up passes..."
  • Expo or festival: "Stop by our booth and be sure to grab tix..."
  • Follow the van: "Our wacky afternoon DJ has driven the prize van over to some local business and is giving away free hot dogs and movie passes!"
  • Point system: "Join our listeners club, and when you earn enough points..."
  • Online contests: "Enter by Monday. We'll select five winners then to attend..."
Movin 107.5 has an MVP club. Lite 103.7 offers the occasional screening among its many contests. Kiss 106.1 has a contest page and a listener club. Then try News/Talk 820, Newsradio 1080, and 99.5 The Wolf.

Feel free to find other local stations by using Radio Locator or your favorite Internet search engine.

2. Local Print

The Dallas Morning News has a contests and events page. They also print out a free daily paper called Quick DFW, whose website includes a Promotions tab (with events, contests, and something called "Quick Flix"). May be worth checking out. Meanwhile, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram does not seem to be of any online help.

You should also look for any weekly or community papers that you might find in libraries or in colorful boxes along city sidewalks. The Dallas Observer has a Free Stuff page that has included screenings. Then there's the Fort Worth Weekly.

Don't forget to check the print editions of the above papers to see if any additional movies are offered.

3. Local TV

In the past, CBS 11 conducted screening contests online. NBC 5 offers movie-related prizes, but not screenings. Also visit The CW.

4. Local Internet

Edge Dallas has a great contest page with frequent and consistent movie offers. Understand that the site addresses gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender culture, so it's important to keep an open mind. After all, a contest is a contest, and anyone can enter. Besides, Edge is just one of several sponsors of a single screening -- they get some passes, and maybe a radio station gets others. So if you win passes, you'll be in a diverse crowd; it's not like they check your sexuality at the door.

Pop Syndicate occasionally offers a pass pick-up (usually at a local comic book store). Also look for promotions from Luv2ViewMovies. A couple of screenings have appeared on, a local forum.

5. Regional and National Internet

Sign up for a free membership in the Landmark Theatres Film Club and receive notices about screenings by e-mail.

Film Metro has gone national and may offer screenings just about anywhere. Take a look and see if your city is included.

Be sure to check the national forums at Fat Wallet and Slick Deals as well. THE MOVIE OUTSIDER has a representative that posts offers on each of those forums, and compiles a list of screenings by city that links back to here. More importantly, other members in the forums will relay info about multi-city screenings sponsored by the movie studios and PR firms. Use these sites in tandem, and you'll get about as much publicly available information as possible.

Specific Offers

27 DRESSES (otherwise opens January 11)

Edge Dallas screening
Date, time, and location unknown

THE BUCKET LIST (already in limited release)

Edge Dallas screening
Date, time, and location unknown

CLOVERFIELD (otherwise opens January 18)

Salsa TV screening -- read about Salsa TV above!
Wednesday, Jan. 16, time/location TBA

HOW SHE MOVE (otherwise opens January 25)

Edge Dallas screening
Date, time, and location unknown

ONE MISSED CALL (otherwise opens January 4)

Salsa TV screening -- read about Salsa TV above!
Thursday, Jan. 3 at 10pm, location TBA

THERE WILL BE BLOOD (already in limited release)

Pop Syndicate screening
Wednesday, Jan. 2, time and location unknown


reesa said...

The best place to find pass information to free screenings in the DFW area is to join the Dallas Movie Pre-Screening Yahoo Group at:

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