Opening Night

Me being a goob waiting in line to see Batman, The Dark Night

Before I start my article, I have to tell you to see the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight.” It is AHHH-mazing! Go see it now. NOW!
Thank you.

There is something so special about attending the midnight showing of a large scale film. Almost everyone at the theater is a big fan of whatever the franchise is, and anyone who is not a fan is there for the electricity that the opening night crowd has to offer. Having grown up in L.A., my friends and I would always go to the midnight showings with the throngs of other fans and get swept up in the excitement. It’s so nice to see that happens down here in Orange County too. Since I’ve moved here, I’ve done this for all 3 “Pirates” movies, a few Harry Potters, the last LOTR and now Batman. I really appreciate the respect the crowds show during the film.

My first few movie experiences were at The Block, and they were far from enjoyable. I began to wonder if this is what it was like to see movies in Orange County. Thankfully Downtown Disney changed my view, and since then I’ve had many more positive experiences. Especially at the dollar theaters!

A picture of only a small portion of the line for Dark Knight at the Century Theaters in Anaheim. Taken with my crappy trusty camera phone.

Also, make sure you make the effort to wait in line for a few hours before the flick. In most cases, this isn’t an option, it’s a necessity. Unless you want to be stuck in the far front corner of the theater, that is. You end up chatting with the people around you and can have some….interesting conversations sometimes. Oh! The people watching? Fantabulous.
The point of this post, I suppose, is to encourage anyone who has not been to a large scale movie on opening night to give it a shot. It is an incredible experience that I suspect you will want to do again and again.

4 Comments so far

  1. Jon (oc_jon) on July 18th, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

    Is it wrong that I’m just that not interested in seeing The Dark Knight?

  2. Gina (oc_gina) on July 18th, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

    I am really excited about seeing it, but due to lack of babysitting, will probably not see it for at least another three weeks.

  3. Dave Share (daveshare) on July 18th, 2008 @ 8:40 pm

    Jon: There’s nothing wrong with that…………crazy boy.

    Gina: It’s not a movie you HAVE to see right away. And it’s definitely not for most kids under 11 or 12. Maybe older for some.

  4. oc_michaelr on July 19th, 2008 @ 7:01 pm

    I’m going to see TDK in IMAX tomorrow!!!! Every IMAX show was sold out by noon today.

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