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Mandalorian Candidat
06-03-2002, 02:44 PM
I had a pretty interesting time watching AOTC for the second time this past weekend. I went with a buddy and took two of my kids, both of which got in free thanks to Honey Nut Cheerios. :D

About 10 or so minutes from the end, the sound went crapola and stopped. Then that annoying elevator music they play between screenings started up. The scene with the Imperial March playing over all the clones marching up into their ships had a new meaning with Chuck Mangione and company tooting their horns instead of the London Symphony.

What really sucked is that the sound only got reinitialized after that scene ended and the wedding scene started, which I could care less about.

It didn't really bug me that much, so I wasn't going to demand for free passes, but I was going to tell the manager so they would keep an eye on the problem. It turns out that a sudden storm which started during the movie knocked out the sound over all 16 theaters, so everyone walked out from the whole place.

The manager was being kind of a dink by saying we could go into another viewing instead of a freebie, but everyone complained that they didn't have the time for that. When they started finally giving out free passes one guy, who was with his four kids, wanted six tickets but didn't have all his stubs as proof. He got so angry and was ready to pound the manager who was about half his size. Once he yelled for security, the guy bolted for the exit leaving his family behind. What a punk!

Anyways, I got three free tix, besides the original two for my kids. Pretty cool, but I think my wife wants them for that damn Ya-Ya movie. :cry:

Anyone else with a good movie story?

Hasbro'sBountyHunter
06-03-2002, 06:17 PM
When Episode I came back to theaters for those special charity sreening, lots of people i the theater were tick off. The movie started horribly. The screen was split in two, in wich the top of the picture was on the bottm and the bottom was on the top. I was laughing histarically when numerous people walked to the projector window and started pounding on it. Even though I had already seen it, I was pretty ****ed when they turned off the movie as soon as the credits came on. Those BASTARDS! As I left I flicked off the dude working the projector. The funny part was I wasn't alone. Some old dude was so irate at one of the employees.

LTBasker
06-04-2002, 01:58 AM
Originally posted by Hasbro'sBountyHunter
I was laughing histarically when numerous people walked to the projector window and started pounding on it.

Lucky for the projector guy here that the projection room is about 20 feet off the floor in the theaters. :D

Nothing really interesting has happened to me at the movies, well ok there was one really cool thing that happened. I went to see a movie (*gasp*!!! forget what it was) and while the previews were rolling the sound went out but came back on just before the movie started - Forunately the sound went out during the preview for Jennifer Lopez's "Angel Eyes" so it was more like a miracle... :happy:

Beast
06-04-2002, 02:03 AM
I have had the film break twice in all the years I have been seeing movies. Both times it was within 5 minutes of the movie starting, and we had the choice of getting our money back, and seeing another movie. Or, getting our money back and getting passes for the next time we wanted to see the movies. It appears that some higher power was trying to tell me somthing on these two movies, as when I finally did go back to see them, they reeked. The two titles you ask, "Wes Craven's A New Nightmare" and "Event Horizen." :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

QLD
06-04-2002, 08:38 AM
Well, when I lived in California, a friend and I were in the theatre watching QUigley Down Under. Well, some genious burned the popcorn in the concession area, which set off the fire alarms. We got evacuated, they let us back in. Then they went off again, we were evacuated, and let back in. We were all evacuated about 10 times. It was annoying at first, but then just ended up being comical. I did get a free pass though.

Exhaust Port
06-04-2002, 08:44 AM
Event Horizon? I could only pray that they film would break when I saw that. "This ship has traveled to HELL and back...." That is also how I explained my trip to the movies that day.

I watched a movie once that was repeatedly attacked by a large hairball. It was somehow trapped between the lense and film and seemed to chase the characters around the screen. It several times gave Arnold S. a rather bad toupee which was a laugh riot.

LTBasker
06-04-2002, 09:41 AM
Originally posted by JarJarBinks
It appears that some higher power was trying to tell me somthing on these two movies, as when I finally did go back to see them, they reeked. The two titles you ask, "Wes Craven's A New Nightmare" and "Event Horizen." :)

And they say Jar-Jar doesn't have the force! :D

RooJay
06-06-2002, 09:56 PM
I was once helping my Ushers clean a theater (a thousand seat auditorium that had been selling out!:eek: ) when I came upon a 32 oz. Icee cup that was filled with what looked like some kind of milkshake. I thought it was pretty odd, but for some strange reason I instinctively sniffed it (don't ask! It's just something I tend to do. My girlfriend is the same way!). Turns out it was filled almost to the rim with VOMIT! Aside from being horribly disgusted, I was actually amazed that whomever had done it had not gotten a single drop on the floor! He or she managed to catch every last drop in that cup!

Beast
06-06-2002, 10:02 PM
Originally posted by RooJay
I was once helping my Ushers clean a theater (a thousand seat auditorium that had been selling out!:eek: ) when I came upon a 32 oz. Icee cup that was filled with what looked like some kind of milkshake. I thought it was pretty odd, but for some strange reason I instinctively sniffed it (don't ask! It's just something I tend to do. My girlfriend is the same way!). Turns out it was filled almost to the rim with VOMIT! Aside from being horribly disgusted, I was actually amazed that whomever had done it had not gotten a single drop on the floor! He or she managed to catch every last drop in that cup!
Ok, that's pretty darn gross. But you've peeked my intrest. Exactly what movie was it found in? I wonder if it's either of the two I mentioned above. I have seen some really bad movies, but not that have made me physically ill. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

RooJay
06-06-2002, 10:12 PM
I've got tons of interesting theater stories from my time working in the biz!
Once I ended up working in an old and fairly dilapidated theater that had more than it's share of problems. On one instance we were showing The Bone Collector starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington. There is a scene in that film where one of the victims is found bound in an abandoned building were he had been swarmed and eaten by rats! Precisely during that scene a particularly large rat ran across the bottom of the screen...in real life! Panic swept the entire auditorium from the front row to the back, and everyone came rushing out! One lady tripped on her shoe and was pushed from behind headlong into the edge of the open door of the facing auditorium! Was that crowd ever fun to deal with!:rolleyes: Needless to say, I was seldom happier than the day the let me transfer out of that Hell-hole!

Of course, don't let yourself be fooled; most theaters not built within the last ten years or so have rodent problems to some extent. Theaters make the perfect home for the lil' buggers; dark and warm, more or less quiet most of the day, with lots of little warm places to hide, and plenty of food (mice and rats can go for weeks on just an ounce of food)!:evil: Pick up your mess when you leave people! Otherwise you might be helping to support the colony!:eek:

RooJay
06-06-2002, 10:18 PM
Originally posted by JarJarBinks

Ok, that's pretty darn gross. But you've peeked my intrest. Exactly what movie was it found in? I wonder if it's either of the two I mentioned above. I have seen some really bad movies, but not that have made me physically ill. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

You might think that, but even though I can't remember the exact film keep in mind that I said it was a movie that had been selling out a thousand seat auditorium! Something I'm sure neither of those movies ever did!;)

RooJay
06-06-2002, 10:28 PM
Speaking of bad movies; I once started up Battlefield Earth and about ten minutes into the movie one of the platters stopped spinning, which causes the projector to stop! Luckily I happened to be in the projection booth when it stopped and managed to get it started up again in no time flat! The only problem was that the movie is so horrible that even though the audience had missed no more than a handful frames of film on screen (less than half a minute!) they thought I had restarted the movie much further along! I started it up again within seconds and peaked out the port window to check the sound only to see people waving their hands at me yelling, "NOOO! NOOO!". It was pretty darned funny!:D It almost seemed as though they thought the movie was so horrible that they didn't want me to start it back up! Later customers were complaining and asking why we didn't "rewind" the movie to the part they'd missed (which as anyone who's ever worked in film exhibition knows is damned near impossible on most projectors!), and none of them wanted to believe me when I told them they had missed only seconds. I'm sure most people thought that movie was ruined because they missed some important part when the projector stopped, and not just because it sucked to high heck!

Beast
06-06-2002, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by RooJay
I'm sure most people thought that movie was ruined because they missed some important part when the projector stopped, and not just because it sucked to high heck!
Silly people, that movie was ruined long before it even made it's way to the projector. I still can't see, how John Travolta can think that the movie was a major hit. And that it demands a sequel to be made. :crazed: :D

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

SQueek
06-07-2002, 12:22 PM
comeplety unrelated to starwars but i went to see the blair witch 1 in theatures, i know i know im ashamed of myself too, but the best part was as soon as it ended some big black guy yelled "i want my F***in money back!!!" the whole theature just busted out laughing.

JetsAndHeels
06-07-2002, 03:08 PM
Blair Witch, Battlefield Earth, Event Horizon....gosh these are some of the most awful movies ever made!! I saw Blair Witch in the theater and was 100% dissapointed. They made that film out to look like it would be scary, but its not. Absolute crap.
As far as interesting movie experiences, I had gone to see "Wing Commander" in the theater (for the Ep1 preview of course) and throughout the film I kept hearing a moaning sound. I look about 6 rows back and there is a couple doing the deed right there in the theater. I thought it was funny, but obviously someone didnt agree, as an usher escorted the couple out.

RooJay
06-07-2002, 03:52 PM
You'd be shocked to know how common an occurrence that is! I once had to kick a couple out who were going at it in the back row during a showing of Inspector Gadget that was filled with kids! Some people have no shame!

JetsAndHeels
06-07-2002, 04:08 PM
Perhaps alot of those kids were conceived at that theater!!

THE Slayer
06-07-2002, 06:09 PM
I once had the guy next to me eat out of my popcorn bag,, he did apologize once he realized what he did.. And this one time, the guy next to me put his hand on MY LEG,, he did not aplogize.

SithDroid
06-07-2002, 10:19 PM
I went to see Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back when I lived in Califronia and this guy kept laughing super stupid thoughout the entire movie and people were getting annoyed. Then at the end when they are dancing on the stage and they show the crowd he gets up and yells there I am baby there I am (an EXTRA in the crowd). Everyone in the theatre wanted to kill him for being so loud and since I was kind of close I told him to shut the **** up. He quickly quited himself. :D

die-jarjar-die
06-09-2002, 08:57 PM
hahahaha When I went to see Blair Witch one & it came to the end of the movie some lady sat behind us innocently asked her other half "why is that boy having a pee in the corner?"

Oh how I was the one who peed with laughter then.......


I made the fatal mistake of going to see American Werewolf in Paris...the movie sucked bigtime but much to my good fortune, although it didn't seem that way at the time, a section of the main screens ceiling decided it had had enough of hanging around & decided to plummit 20ft & crash on my head. Needless to say I was rather shaken up by the experience & taken to hospital & checked out for concussion & all that BUT the plus side of it was a years free pass to my local cinema & a great wad of cash in insurance payments:> hahahahahahahahahahahaaha

Beast
06-09-2002, 09:05 PM
I went and saw Child's Play III, no comments on the quality of my film choice, I was bored. :p And noticed an older gentleman not only drinking out of a flask that was inside his trenchcoat, but also he pulled out a cigar and lit the damn thing and started smoking. :mad: Luckily he was caught by one of the people working at the theater, and ejected from the theater. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

RooJay
06-11-2002, 01:57 AM
I once had a couple of customers complain that a guy was sitting in the back of their auditorium smoking. I went in to let the guy have it, and while I was quietly walking down the aisle toward him I tripped on the edge of one of the seats (he didn't see me coming of course)! I went stumbling forward and caught myself on the edge of his seat! I decided to play along with it and told him rather firmly to take it outside or I'd throw him out and he'd never be allowed back. He must've thought I was pretty hard core for "bum rushing" him like I did, and agreed to leave without incident. Boy...the look on that guys face!:D

Mandalorian Candidat
06-11-2002, 10:47 AM
Originally posted by SithDroid
I went to see Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back when I lived in Califronia and this guy kept laughing super stupid thoughout the entire movie and people were getting annoyed. Then at the end when they are dancing on the stage and they show the crowd he gets up and yells there I am baby there I am (an EXTRA in the crowd). Everyone in the theatre wanted to kill him for being so loud and since I was kind of close I told him to shut the **** up. He quickly quited himself. :D

That reminds me of the movie scene in Cape Fear where DeNiro is laughing like a maniac and ****ing everyone off in the theatre. :D

I once went and saw Red Scorpion with that meathead Dolph Lundgren. The movie was total crap so I guess that's why it was just me and some old man in the theater. I felt so bad for this old guy because he was wearing Depends and you could hear the plastic crinkle as he walked up and down the aisle trying to pick out his seat (out of the hundreds that were vacant).

Someone already posted a thread about stuff that ****es them off at the theaters, but I have to reiterate that I despise it when people bring their little kids or babies to more adult movies. The kids get bored and talk and the sound is always too loud for the babies so they cry. Do the mothers get up and go out? NO!! They sit there like everyone loves to hear their kids cry.

I was watching a really engrossing movie once and a baby started to cry. Of course the mother stayed put, so everyone at once just groaned, literally. She had to get up then. Why do people pull this crap and why do we put up with this? It's just a minor thing compared with the rest of life's problems, but I think it signals a breakdown in being considerate to society.

LTBasker
06-11-2002, 11:18 AM
Oh yeah, when my family and me went to see Muppet Treasure Island at the theater (it was after it had been out for a little also) and for that showing, we were the ONLY ones seeing it. Literally, no one else came in. Made us wonder what would've happened to the showing if no one had come to watch it. :D

QLD
06-11-2002, 12:03 PM
I have seen several movies where myself and my friends were the only ones. I shall list them below, as I always find it a fun thing!

Tank Girl (on opening day even)
Army of Darkness
Darkman
Critters 2
The Green Mile (way after it came out, at 1 in the afternoon)
UHF

I am sure there were more, but that is all that comes to mind

Beast
06-11-2002, 12:07 PM
I went and saw the fine artistic film, Warlock II. :crazed: And was the only one in the theater. Nice to be comefy and alone, so you can mock the terrible movie, without needing to fear being shushed or thrown out. :D

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

RooJay
06-11-2002, 01:24 PM
Originally posted by LTBasker
Oh yeah, when my family and me went to see Muppet Treasure Island at the theater (it was after it had been out for a little also) and for that showing, we were the ONLY ones seeing it. Literally, no one else came in. Made us wonder what would've happened to the showing if no one had come to watch it. :D

Often, the theater would not start the film in that event. It saves wear and tear on the projector and the film print, and helps to also preserve the life of the bulb.

Which reminds me of another interesting story:
We once had a projector bulb blow out in one of my theaters, which they are known to do...and not always when they are supposed to, which means sometimes it goes out during the film! While the problem was being corrected one of my employees was sent down to the lobby to make an announcement to the audience. Upon hearing that the source of the problem was a burned out projector bulb, one of the audience members (an older woman) was heard to exclaim in the loudest, whiniest, highest-pitched voice you could imagine, "WE'VE BEEN TO THE MOOOOOON! FOR GOODNESS SAKES, WE'VE BEEN TO THE MOON, AND THEY"RE STILL USING LIGHTBULBS TO SHOW THEIR MOVIES!!!". She was HIGHLY upset by this fact and seemed shocked to no end at the revelation, and I suppose she had assumed that some kind of magic nuclear "space-light" was what theaters were supposed to be using to make the pictures show up on the screen and that my theater just wasn't with the times, or otherwise that we had stopped her movie intentionally just so we could have a bunch of angry people yelling at us and threatening bodily harm! :crazed: It's just a movie, and yes, using lightbulbs is still common practice for most theaters I'm afraid.:rolleyes: :D

RooJay
06-11-2002, 01:41 PM
SPEAKING of being alone in the theater...
For some odd reason (I mean other than the fact that they're all white males over the age of 45, and WAY out of touch with the filmgoing audience;) ) the buying department decided to move Gladiator out of our thousand seat auditorium just weeks after it was released (keep in mind that we were still averaging 600+ people per showing) to a three hundred seat auditorium in order to make room for a little film called Jesus' Son; not a wholly bad film from what I hear, but one that never drew a crowd of more than 15! For the two weeks it played in my theater I think we sold a total of not more than 35 tickets, and most of the time we didn't even have to start up the projector! Anyway, one day this couple apparently decides to "see" a movie so they show up at my box office, ask the cashier what movie we've sold the least tickets to, and wind up being the only two people in this massive auditorium! They sit pretty much in the middle of the auditorium and about ten minutes into the film they proceed to strip completely naked, and just start goin' at it! Noise, legs in the air, the WORKS. Unfortunately for them that auditorium is seperated from the rest of the theater and it is often necessary for theater personnel to walk through to get to the other lobby (don't worry...the thing is so huge that this is possible without disturbing anyones movie, or apparently any other activities for that matter!). Finally one of my assistants decides it's no longer cool, and let's the couple know that they are not allowed to be NAKED during the film!:sur:
NO SHAME!:rolleyes:

SWAFMAN
06-11-2002, 02:12 PM
You shoulda sold tickets to THAT !!!

Betcha you'd have sold more than 15 ;)

Bel-Cam Jos
06-11-2002, 04:09 PM
I went to see the 20th Anniv E.T. with my mother and we were the only ones in the theater. Until the scene when E.T. is dying, then a family with 3 kids comes in. If that's all they saw of the movie, they'd wonder why so many people liked it! :eek: Might've been why it didn't do so well at the box office. :rolleyes: