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Cold weather tips from the ByTowne!

The air outside is so cold that it hurts, so we're here with some ByTownian tips for coming to movies for when it's REALLY freezing:

1. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER WE HAVE, NOT THE WEATHER YOU WANT
Some people choose fashion over function, or mistakenly assume that they'll find parking right out front and won't be outside for very long, and then end up pretty darned uncomfortable. As well, we don't have a lobby that can accommodate our eagerest movie-goers (it needs to stay completely clear for letting-people-out and other safety reasons) and we don't want you to turn into ByTowncicles.

2. BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY
The box office opens a half-hour before the first show of the day, after which you can buy tickets for any film that afternoon/evening.

3. BUT DON'T SHOW UP TO THE MOVIE ITSELF TOO EARLY
Best practice? Show up about 20 minutes before showtime. That way, you'll bypass the already-let-in queue for ticketholders (though, you may still have to line up for the box office if you've opted out of suggestion #1 on this list). Then you can come on in and warm your hands up on a cup of coffee or tea or a big bag of popcorn before the movie starts, then enjoy the movie, and a two-hour-ish break from the deep freeze of Ottawa winter.

4. VISIT OUR NEIGHBOURS
If you've forgotten about #1 and #3, keep warm while you wait and take a look at what's on offer at All Books (right next door), or see what you can read for free at the Rideau branch of the Ottawa Public Library (half a block away, next to Loblaws), or buy a bit of baked deliciousness at Rideau Bakery (a block away, near Friel), or get yourself a coffee and a nibble at Caffeine 1UP (between The Horn of Africa and the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, almost kitty corner from here).

Stay warm and see you at the movies!

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