View Full Version : who else has 'camped out' for a movie?

07-04-2006, 09:12 AM
tycho's "how much are ticket prices" thread got me thinking - he's talking about camping out for movie tickets, but no one else really is... i wanted to know if this was a universal thing, or just relegated to NYC and LA? i ask this because i know i saw the lines at the ziegfeld in NYC along with the other three theaters playing TPM (there were only four theaters in NYC rated THX quality enough to play it...) but i bought tickets the night before the movie came out for a theater in brooklyn.

what i'm saying is, there has never been a movie that i really wanted to see opening night that i didn't get tickets for. sure, there was a long line for superman returns, but i bought the tickets online the day prior for the 10 o'clock showing tuesday night. (it also helped that some guys from my comic book store got there early and melded us into the front of the line, but that's besides the point... although i guess you could count them as "camping out" but i don't think they got there any earlier than a couple of hours... does that count?) but i saw spider-man at a 10 am showing the friday it came out (then 8pm that night, another night showing that saturday, took sunday off, and caught a matinee on monday...) i saw a midnight showing of AotC, spider-man 2, RotS, and so forth...

i just wanted to see if this "camping out" phenomenon goes on anywhere other than manhattan and LA... and if so, share your experiences with those of us that "don't get it..."

07-04-2006, 09:21 AM
The only camping out I have ever done was for TPM and that was only for the tickets. And I wouldn't really call it camping out, since we showed up early that morning the day tickets went on sale.
But it was still a great time, especially since we were near the front and under the awning when it started raining.

Actually, we did the same kind of thing three times for Star Wars toys at TRU. We showed up at 9 or 10pm for the midnight events. More good times.

07-04-2006, 09:36 AM
interesting, i did go to a "midnight madness" sale for TPM at the union square TRU (now it's a KRU... or is it a BRU... can't remember right now...) but even then, i showed up at like, 11/11:30pm. i saw the report on the news, and just hopped on the subway.

i guess the real question is "what constitutes 'camping out'?" i've waited on a line for a couple of hours to make sure i got a good seat... did i "camp out"?

07-04-2006, 11:14 AM
I worked overnight the day the TPM tickets went on sale. I went home slept an hour, then headed over to the theatre where there was a long line, it wrapped half way around the building. I stood in line several hours, but never have I really camped out. For the later two SW films, I just purchased my tickets online with no problem.

07-04-2006, 11:27 AM
Like Rocketboy, I waited inline for about 1 hr the day tickets went on sale for TPM. I also waited inline for 30 minutes for the midnight madness sale that year.

07-04-2006, 12:08 PM
Just waited in line for TPM for a few hours, nothing too special.

07-04-2006, 12:08 PM
Can't say that I ever camped out for a movie. I've waited in long lines, but never camped out.

07-04-2006, 12:58 PM
I foolishly napped in my car overnight for TPM tickets and waited all day to not even get them (they went on sale later than planned and I had to get to work but JimJam covered me in getting the tix) and then waited in line again all day on the movie's opening day.

For AOTC and ROTS I got tickets in advance without waiting in line at a different theater and just waited a few hours in line for the midnight show.

I waited in line for several hours to see ANH, ESB, and ROTJ during the SE release but nothing major.

Other than Star Wars I don't think I waited more than an hour to see a movie. That TPM experience I mentioned was pretty dumb of me and I wouldn't do it again. BUT I was young and have some funny memories from it so I wouldn't go back and change it. I'll never do it again, though. lol

07-04-2006, 01:14 PM
I waited in line for several hours for the midnight and the following 7 pm showing of TPM but that was the first, only, and most likely, last time I'll ever do that again. There were people with lightsabers and kids in costumes, people taking pictures, and one guy who shaved his head and came as Darth Maul. The strangest incident was a fellow in line who got hit by a stray golf ball from the neighboring driving range. Dat's gotta hoit.

I went to the mid-morning shows of AOTC and ROTS the day the films opened. Each time I was able to just walk right in and buy my ticket, sharing the theatre with maybe a couple dozen other people. Very little hoopla going on at ten in the morning.

07-05-2006, 06:50 AM
The only camping out I have ever done was for TPM and that was only for the tickets. And I wouldn't really call it camping out, since we showed up early that morning the day tickets went on sale.
But it was still a great time, especially since we were near the front and under the awning when it started raining.
I seem to remember that day VERY differently that you do......

*Cue flashback*

You dropped me (And Slick? Or was it Gay Jay?) off at the theater at 8 or 9 and then you left for class or whatever for like 15 hours. By the time you got back I was thoroughly annoyed with whoever was sitting next to me (Which leads me to believe it was, in fact, Jay) and was eating cookies and sharing a blanket with some MILF whom I'd never met before. I also remember HAVING to have some fastfood premium that day. What was it? Was it the Episode I cup toppers?

07-05-2006, 12:43 PM
My experience is similar to Cappys minus the rain and the milf. But we were bribed by free pizza from the theater manager due to the fact they were going to change the time tickets would go on sale... ohh and 'meeting' the owner of "One Man's Junk." I'll never forget that fellow.

07-05-2006, 01:44 PM
you... met a man's junk?

El Chuxter
07-05-2006, 02:11 PM
Slicker's mom camped out for Foghat tickets once.

07-05-2006, 02:15 PM
Was lucky to get tickets for all 3 prequal movies in advance. For the OT SE's we got tickets from the theaters as they opened, but no one was camping out. Though I would have if needed too.

07-05-2006, 02:59 PM
you... met a man's junk?

Awesome. I don't understand why every home doesn't have one.

07-06-2006, 12:15 AM
you... met a man's junk?

"One Man's Junk" was/is the name of a shady toy store. The guy was a real winner, apparently in the middle of his store he kept a big cushy chair along with a tv and vcr... ohhh did I forget to add that this guy has this set up for watching porn? :yes:

07-06-2006, 12:57 AM
Funniest of all was that they had a few areas of the store carved out for toy scalpin' but the rest of it was stocked with wholesale priced mayonaisse and salad dressings. Hilarious. lol