What are Your Best Movie Theater Experiences?

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  1. ImmortalSlasher

    ImmortalSlasher Well-Known Member

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    With the virus and things probably not being right for movie theaters until late 2021 if not 2022. And with how some studios will go the direct streaming route with movies like the upcoming Wonder Woman and others. Plus the backlash from many directors.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/n...-streaming-service-denounces-warner-bros-plan

    https://variety.com/2020/film/news/dune-denis-villeneuve-blasts-warner-bros-1234851270/

    I was thinking about how many times I had good viewing experiences in the movie theater versus at home.

    I like the idea of going to the movie theater. But notable viewing experiences with a good audience and equally good movie are pretty low. I hate walking out of bad movies. I never really met anyone at the movies. Although it came to me that I did have a few girls give me their number at the theater. I thought they were too fast for their own good though and never called.

    I would get free posters from the manager at a few theaters. All of those are closed now. The majority of theaters I went to growing up are gone. And I think I realized why I enjoy watching many movies at home vs going to the theater.
     
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    Beginning in the early 90's a my friend and I were introduced to Hong Kong cinema. We started making regular treks to Los Angeles to see movies in the theater. After a time we were able to get the theaters to sell us lobby cards and posters. They couldn't believe that anyone would want to pay for those items. Those were fun times.

    Some other memorable (not always good) moments.

    While watching Jurassic Park in the theater a little kid shouting "I want to go. I want to go now." when the velociraptors were chasing the cast in the kitchen.

    Watching triple horror and exploitation features in downtown theaters (all gone now) until 3 in the morning. Hearing a homeless person pissing in the theater while we were watching movies. The theaters were open almost all night and offered very inexpensive admission for as long as you wanted to stay.

    Running into my sister at a midnight showing of Day of the Dead.

    During Re-Animator someone near the front of the theater puking.

    The only film I ever walked out of in the theater was Caligula and that was because my date at the time said she didn't like it. After I dropped her off I went to Tower records and rented it on VHS and watched it at home.

    Sneaking into R rated films like The Howling, An American Werewolf in London, Maniac, and The Thing when I was too young to buy the tickets legitimately.

    I still feel the best way to view a film is on a big screen and hopefully some of the theaters will survive Covid-19 and have a selection of movies to play.
     
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    I went to a midnight screening of The Lollipop Girls in Hard Candy, a 3-D disco porn movie from the 70s. Theater was right near a college campus, so it was a bunch of rowdy college kids. So many things were enjoyable, I'll see if I can remember them all.

    The movie was introduced by a theater staffer, and he was totally heckled. He said something that caused everyone to boo, except for one person near me who shouted "Boo-urns!". I like a good Simpsons reference. He also said "I want to thank everyone for coming tonight", and someone shouted out "Huh-huh, you said 'coming'"

    The rest of the night was like being at a live Mystery Science Theater 3000, and while normally I don't like wiseasses who think they're funny, trust me they're more clever than a bad porn movie.

    - When someone on screen said "You have seven days to come up with the money!", an audience member evoked The Ring with a haunting "Seven daaaaays"
    - John Holmes has one scene in the movie, and when he took out his....um, wadd, the audience just gave polite respect applause. Not hooting and hollering, more like a "golf clap"
    - The movie was "meta", in that whenever the plot got stuck, they cut to the "writer", who typed something real quick and the in-movie problem was solved. Late in the movie, there's a problem he can't solve so he jumps out of the window. The audience cheered loudly. Then it's revealed he didn't die, he's hanging on to a ledge, so the audience booed.

    FYI, in Hard Candy, in one scene there's a Suspiria poster in the background. Always got a kick out of that.
     
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    I feel like most of my favorites would probably be festival screenings. I enjoy the whole jumping from venue to venue and seeing how many movies you can catch in a day. As a horror fan, I always try and catch the midnights regardless of what they are. I got to see Tucker & Dale Vs Evil and Creep well over a year before they were released, and walked into both completely blind aside from the little half-paragraph blurb in the festival guide. I went to a midnight screening of some foreign movie I had never heard of called Let The Right One In, then about six months later EVERYONE was talking about it. It's a great experience to just walk into a theater with zero expectations or without any idea of what you're about to see, then end up with something like that. Also, sometimes they have Q&A with the filmmakers or actors in attendance.

    I'd say the most memorable festival screening (also the most uncomfortable theater viewing) I've ever attended was Compliance. It was a sold out screening, and as the movie got more and more uncomfortable, entire rows of the audience were getting up and leaving the theater. By the time it was over and the lights went up, maybe a quarter of this sold out audience was left. Then Pat Healy came out for a Q&A, but instead of questions, people very heatedly just shouted their strong opinions of the movie at him. He kept replying with "okay, but is there a question in there...?" It was very uncomfortable and I felt bad for the guy, but it was memorable to say the least. I remember going to the midnight screening of V/H/S right after.

    As for just going to the movies, one of the best experiences in recent memory was Love Simon. People cheered at the big kiss at the end, and when the credits rolled everyone gave it a standing ovation. I had never seen that before at just a regular trip to the movies, it usually only happens at festival screenings when the filmmaker is in attendance. From what I heard from other friends who went to see it, it seems like this was a universal experience, because they all said it got standing ovations too. Loved it.


    I remember going to see Team America at a bargain theater a couple weeks after it came out, only my friend and I plus one other random guy in the theater a few rows ahead. During the puppet sex scene, the random guy pulled out a video camera (remember, this was 2004, and we're talking a fairly large side-loading VHS type camera) and recorded just that scene. About five minutes after that was over and he had put the camera away, the guy fell asleep and proceeded to snore loudly throughout the rest of the movie. I feel like if this happened now, I would be super annoyed, but being much younger and the movie being Team America, I just remember my friend and I crying-laughing hysterically through the rest of the movie, both at the movie and at the absurdity of the situation we were in. Every time a loud snore would rip through the theater, we'd lose it. I feel like my tolerance for this kind of thing has dwindled since cellphones entered the picture, but at the time we thought it was hilarious.
     
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    Seeing Scream 2 on opening night was like attending a party with 100 guests. It almost resembled the opening scene of the film itself.

    Last year I had the privilege of seeing Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D at a theatre that often shows older movies. I'd seen in in 3-D at home, but nothing beats the theater experience.

    I'll never forget the opening night of Mad Max: Fury Road. I had always been a Mad Max fan, but didn't expect anything as awesome. When the movie ended someone behind me said, "That was the craziest shit I've ever seen." I agreed, then saw it five more times in a theater.

    Most of all, I miss the smell of popcorn.
     
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    I generally hate applause in a movie theater (after all, the performers can't hear you....they're not even in the room!), but in 2008 I saw a gorgeous 35mm print of West Side Story, and after the big dance number America, there was genuine applause from the crowd. I honestly think they forgot they were watching a film, it was that wonderful of an experience.
     
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    So many to count. Going to the theaters has always been a big part of my life.

    Seeing Friday the 13ths parts 4-5-6 back to back to back is at the top of the list.

    Silent Night Deadly Night about 5-6 years ago was incredible.

    National Lampoons Christmas Vacation movie party at the Alamo was so much fun.

    I remember seeing Bad Santa in a packed crowd. That place was rowdy in laughter.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid was very memorable as well.

    The Blair Witch Project at 14 years old in the theater was probably the scariest thing I've ever experienced.

    I snuck into Halloween H2O after buying a ticket for Dr. Doolittle was all kinds of awesome.

    Superbad was fucking awesome in a packed crowd.

    That's My Boy had me crying in laughter (most underrated comedy ever, in my opinion)
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    May 29, 1981 - my first "modern" horror at the cinema: "Happy Birthday to Me" on a balmy Friday evening. I hadn't been to a movie theater since summer of '78. I felt so cool (being only 10 at the time).
    I wasn't too excited at first because my mom promised to take me to "The Funhouse" and "The Fan" but they ended the day prior. "Birthday" turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

    July 10, 1981 - the early evening showings of "Final Exam" and "Prom Night". "Exam" had a handful of people but the later show had a long line waiting. I felt we missed the fun crowd.

    August 1981 - "The Howling" playing with "Kill and Kill Again" at this cozy mall theater on a very hot, lazy Sunday afternoon.

    September 6, 1981 - "Hell Night" was my first fun, expressive crowd experience. Great audience. They loved that "rising rug from behind" gag. Fun times.

    October 31, 1981 - "Halloween 2". It was really cool to have seen Halloween for the first time the night before and then seeing the direct sequel the next night. Another super fun crowd, too.

    That was my favorite year at the movies
     
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    I do remember people clapping in the theater for big movies I believe on opening days or weekends. But it's rare. I don't think anyone from the crew was there. Probably just one of those rare good movie crowds. I imagine that better crowds are in movie areas like Hollywood or places like France, Texas, or Colorado where they have those film festivals.

    I just read this article where George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were talking about streaming prices years ago.

    https://screenrant.com/george-lucas-steven-spielberg-predicted-wb-streaming-theatrical/


    Some people have movie theater style popcorn machines in their homes. I saved the company somewhere. I know I wanted to get one myself even though I'm not the biggest popcorn fan. Some theaters were a lot better than others with the popcorn. I assume it was whatever brand of popcorn or the amount of butter and salt they added. I think the last time I had popcorn I dropped some on my pants and was surprised by how fast the grease got on the material. That was one of the last times I had theater popcorn.

    I was thinking of my favorite theater treats when I started slowing down on the food. And I remembered that I would get Raisinets as well as Twizzlers. But I did like having the big junk food meal of nachos. Or the hot dog with mustard and relish.

    I would still like to see many series on the big screen. I've never seen a Friday the 13th movie on the big screen. But then I would only like to see my favorites anyway.
     
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    I can't find that popcorn machine brand but apparently doing a quick search there are a lot of movie theater style popcorn machines. So I guess I need to find the movie theater's popcorn brand. Those microwave brands weren't that good when I tried them. They never fully popped all the kernels.

    I just read this on wiki and was shocked.

    "The movie theaters surveyed used coconut oil to pop the corn, and then topped it with butter or margarine. "A medium-size buttered popcorn", the report said, "contains more fat than a breakfast of bacon and eggs, a Big Mac and fries, and a steak dinner combined". The practice continues today. For example, according to DietFacts.com, a small popcorn from Regal Cinema Group (the largest theater chain in the United States) still contains 29 g of saturated fat. The equivalent of a full day-and-a-half's reference daily intake."
     
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    Don't even need to do that, man. Just get a hand-cranked stovetop popper. I know there's one made by a company called "Whirly-Pop", I got a different brand at a cooking store.

    Like you just read, use coconut oil. But also add "Flavacol" salt to the popcorn before popping it. For the popcorn, I just use Orville Redenbacher's white. Enjoy the smell, and the taste!
     
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    Omigod this movie. To this day, I can still recall the one liners in this movie and I think it is one of the most legitimately funny comedies I have ever seen. And I mean, on purpose. I consider it the porn version of Airplane.
    I saw it in albany, just across from Troy, and when the Troy sign came up the audience lost their shit!
    With the 3d glasses on, I remember the print being so clawed up it looked like it was raining in the theater. When John Holmes started screwing in a boat, I yelled "Offshore drilling!" and the comments ball was rolling.
    Aftershave lollipops, gladiators with yak tail soup in a thermos, toxic waste candy companies, high speed chases on hobby horse, and "port makes me fart". I cried laughing through this movie.

    Other memories
    Seeing Silence of the Lambs on a wednesday night show at a huge old theater. And i was alone in the theater sitting in the middle for maximum creepitude.

    Seeing Day of the Dead and when Bub tries to show the dead dr in the freezer that he unhooked his own chain, the audience unironically went "awwwwww" like it was a very special Full House. When your zombie gets that reaction, you're mining gold.

    Driving 90 up the thruway to get to a sneak preview of Lost Boys. Worth it.

    Seeing Rambo 3 in a theater and the audience realising collectively it was a crap movie and the whole place breaking into applause when Rambo gunpowder cauterizes his arrow wound and a guy behind me yelled "John Rambo: Human Match!"

    Being in the Castro of SF and seeing interactive version of Grease done as a Rydell High Pep Rally with a drag version of Eve Arden directing us in according to our grade levels. Everyone applauded after every song John n Olivia did, but after Stockard's There are Worse Things I Could Do there was silence except for me clapping (where was the Rizzo love, right?) so I yelled "Clap you bitches!" And they did. I still dont know why that needed a pop quiz...

    And seeing Heavy Metal in a theater at age 11 on opening weekend.
     
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    The once in a lifetime moment of seeing Caddyshack in a theater and watching people kneeling in the aisles fighting to get air from laughing after the baby ruth scene.

    Seeing the movie House in an extremely dark theater and when the flying creature in the medicine cabinet appeared full body in frame on a black background it looked like it was right there with us in real life and ten feet tall due to the accidental optical effect.
     
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    Thanks. I'll look into that Flavacol. I never heard of that before.

    I found that popcorn machine too. I just like the look and want to get something like this one day.

    nostalgia popcorn machine.jpg

    The company sells a bunch of retro type machines. Hot dogs, ice cream, cotton candy machines and more.

    https://nostalgiaproducts.com/
     
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    I own this exact one. It's awesome. You just need to be diligent when cleaning after use. It's gets real nasty if you ignore lol
     
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    Another one I thought of....

    A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3D

    Saw this at midnight a couple of days before Xmas on the big screen in 3D....it was a blast.
     
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    For me it was, Day of the Dead, Brain Dead, Evil Dead (re-make) and Starship Troopers. The levels if intensity those films achieved was fantastic and something going in, I nor the audience expected, so I was having a blast at the gore etc and really enjoying the reactions from people who let's says were not as prepared as I was for the experience!
     
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    One time I went to see Catalina Five-O: Tiger Shark.

    Something hit me from behind....
     
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    This is worth a listen.



    I remember seeing The Burbs in the theater. I thought it was fun and it's still a favorite of mine. I have a theory that if the movie is good. Seeing it in theaters with hopefully a good crowd makes it even better. But even Tom Hanks has the odd theater experience story. Stuff like that should tell theaters that something isn't right.

    Malls and theaters were or are fairly tied together too. And there are tons of stories of dead malls out there. I remember seeing movies on mall days growing up.


    Thanks, I'll look into Wabash Valley Farms stuff as well. I know nothing about popcorn stuff. I was looking for videos about the hand cranking.

    Really? I guess I never thought about the cleaning part. It can't be as bad as cleaning a bird cage though.
     

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