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    Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    Maybe some of you moviephiles can explain it because I personally dont get it.

    What's the draw to making sure you see a new movie at it's very first showing? Like midnight showings on a mid week night, what is the NEED for some people to HAVE to be at that first showing? Are you afraid if you don't you may be inadvertantly let-in on secrets in the movie? Is it just the excitement of going the first night it opens?

    I guess it's all a preference thing. I'd rather wait a couple weeks until the crowds die down myself. That's my reason, what's your reasons for going opening night??

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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    Because we can't wait.
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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    Because they might not have to work early the next morning and not have anything better to do than waiting to go the day of and not the midnight of? I dunno...they're just some die hard fans I assume.

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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    We only go to Opening Day of a few choice movies...ie: all Harry Potters and a few Disney films.

    Mine is the Under 12 Contingent in the house. If we don't see it right away, I must endure the endless requests and the constant reminders. Followed by the pouty faces, tears, threats of running away.

    Basically...I just spoil my children!

    And I think it's more about the build-up. Sure you can still have that when seeing a movie after the opening day, but it's just a little more special seeing it the day it comes out.
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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    I like the spectacle in knowing that most likely, everyone in the theater hasn't yet seen the film.

    I typically advoid "opening night" crowds unless there's some sort of promotion. All in all, I think the price of going to the movies is less and less worth the value, even during a mantinee. For a comperable price to a movie and popcorn, I could purchase a DVD, visit DL on the AP, or have a nice dinner. 90 minutes of "Hollywood" entertainment usually loses out.






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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    Would you rather tell people you saw the original Star Wars in theatres two weeks after it opened. Or tell people "I saw the original Star Wars OPENING NIGHT! I was the first generation of fans!"
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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    I've never been one for first showings. Occassionally, I like to go within a few days though. Some movies seem more entertaining (such as comedies) when experienced with a large group of people than if there are only 5 or 6 people in the audience. Then again, there are films that I would prefer to see in a quiet, less rowdy, theater.
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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tui
    Would you rather tell people you saw the original Star Wars in theatres two weeks after it opened. Or tell people "I saw the original Star Wars OPENING NIGHT! I was the first generation of fans!"






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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    I don't get it.
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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    You can tell you're getting old when you just don't care about seeing a film opening night. I just can't stay up that late anymore ... and I hate all those darn kids!
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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    For the same reason my friends and I stay up all night....because we can. I'm 19, I have nothing to do tomorrow, I've never been to a midnight showing, I didn't even see the first POTC in theatres, and I have friends that want to go....that's why I'm going tonight and oh yeah I really want to see the movie.


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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    My, my O-Nud. You're in a sassy mood.

    I've never wanted to see a movie bad enough to go to a midnight showing. If it's a movie I'm really excited about (like POTC 2), I'll go the first weekend.

    I'm going to see it this Saturday only because I really want to see it . . .








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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    I've only waited in line for a 12:01am showing of a movie once.... Star Wars Ep I. After that debaucle (read: Jar Jar the moron), I'll never do it again.

    I will go see select movies on opening weekend. I'm seeing POTCMC on Saturday. I'll see POTC3 opening weekend. Other than that, I'd rather rent the DVD and watch at home in my PJ's!

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    Re: Seeing a movie the first showing - what's the deal?

    I don't get it either Olympicnut. I guess I missed the memo...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tui
    Would you rather tell people you saw the original Star Wars in theatres two weeks after it opened. Or tell people "I saw the original Star Wars OPENING NIGHT! I was the first generation of fans!"
    I don't understand why anyone would care this much about when they first saw a movie. Are first generation fans somehow more special or better then subsequent generations of fans? Because I'm in my 20s, does this mean I cannot be as huge of a Disney fan as someone who is in their 50s?

    Yes, there are movies I get excited about and may see opening weekend. I'm not about to go out of my way for any movie to see it during it's first showing.

    To each their own... I hate crowds anyhow....yet I visit the Disney parks frequently...figure that out...
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