At The Movies Challenge
Katy over at Oh So Geeky had the wonderful idea to use this time in quarantine to reflect on our most memorable trips to the movie theater. Her rules are simple, write about at least five memories you have of going to the movies, no matter the theater size. I wanted to focus on positive memories and not all the times I wanted to scream at someone to shut up during a show. I realized when compiling everything that a lot of my positive memories are from blockbuster films. I suppose because of the large crowd size. But here are a few wonderful memories I have in no particular order.
Titanic -This is the first movie I can recall my parents letting me go to without them. Everyone in my school went to see Titanic multiple times and I got to go with a couple of my friends.
The Matrix Revolutions - I took the greatest nap during this movie and woke up with about 15 minutes left. My friend was shocked that I slept through it all but to do this day, the most memorable thing about this movie was that awesome power nap. I can't do that anymore.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - I love midnight showing for franchises that I'm into, and this one was fun because everyone was batting around a giant beach ball waiting for the movie to start. Then a random woman caught it and stabbed it because she "didn't want to deal with that during the movie" like 300 Potter heads in a theater at midnight on a Thursday would be doing anything but watching the movie once it came on. Chill, Karen.
Atonement - I used to have to drive a few hours if I wanted to see any smaller movies and I saw this one in a theater that I affectionately referred to as "the closet" because it had about 30 seats and you can tell that room originally had another purpose. But The Closet brought me and one other random woman together as we both stayed behind and sobbed openly at the end of this movie.
Avengers: Infinity War - The cool thing about this movie was that I saw it on two different continents during its opening weekend, so I got to contribute to two different box offices. I saw it in England on opening day, then when I came back to the U.S that Sunday I went straight to the theater here and watched it with my family again.
The Lion King - This is the first movie I can remember seeing in theaters and it is still to this day one of my favorite animated films.
The Work of William Kentridge - This wasn't technically in a theater, but I was lucky enough to visit the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam last summer and watched several of William Kentridge's short films during the exhibit. There's so many cool museums to visit in Amsterdam but if you go, don't miss this one. The ferry ride behind Centraal Station to get there is free, and it's only about 6 euros to enter the featured exhibit (which is where I saw these films) the other part is also free.
Prisoners - There's a case for crowds elevating a film and even though I love Prisoners on its own, I had the funnest time seeing this in a packed theater because everyone was so into it. There was a point where I felt like the entire theater gasped in unison.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - I started to really get into Star Wars a few years before the prequels would eventually hit theaters. My dad and I went to all the re-releases of the original trilogy together and when the day came for The Phantom Menace the theater was so packed we couldn't find two seats next to each other so we sat apart. I remember walking down the aisle at the end of the movie to find my dad with the most incredulous expression ever on his face. He was not a fan.
The Dark Knight - Just because the entire theater went insane when Joker made that pencil disappear.
Avengers: Endgame - And finally, what easily has to be the coolest theater experience I ever had. Seeing Avengers: Endgame at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on opening night. I've never been with a crowd that excited before and IMAX treated us very well. We all got Avengers t-shirts and posters for the occasion, and they were doing giveaways, trivia and a costume contest before the film started. Everyone screamed when...well, literally anything cool happened. It was just an unforgettable experience. I loved every second of it.