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By now, everyone's sick of hearing about how the economy's in the toilet. But hey, sometimes it nets you cheap dinner and a free movie. If you're unemployed, that is. Then you'll want to be heading over to the old Aero, for the uncanny Boris Karloff's spookiest performances, the highly flappable combination of Laurel & Hardy & Fields, and more Ginger than a Shirley Temple - all on their dime (simply present your ID & EDD). For more current freebies, you could always set aside some time to learn something - how about the plight of women in Iran at The Hammer? Or the plight of our descendants stalked by cannibalistic humanoids at The Skirball? Suddenly the recession's a tad easier to bear.

If you're employed, then why so serious? Pay your respects to the late Heath Ledger at the New Beverly's I-can't-believe-it's-a-10th-anniversary-screening of his breakout 10 Things I Hate About You, with accompanying trailer reel. Or pay your 25-years-belated respects to legendary Mexican-wrestler Santo at the Egyptian, and keep his lucha legacy alive. Now, more than ever, it's important to support the line-ups you want to see. A prime example is the limited release of Fanboys, well tanned from years in development hell. If it makes enough per theater, it makes wide release. If not, hello, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2: Mall Cop-er.