What are Your Best Movie Theater Experiences?

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  1. Paff

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    Yeah, it's definitely a factor, and why even if you get the concession stand replica, I'd still get a stove-top model just for the ease of use and cleaning. Because you're gonna throw in a movie and think you want some popcorn, but then remember how much a pain in the ass it is to clean the fancy one. The stove top model cleans in a couple of minutes, and to be totally honest, I've used it on back-to-back nights by just wiping the inside with a paper towel.
     
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    Oh yeah, you're literally pouring oil into the thing....if you make your popcorn, even grab all the kernels out, if you don't give it a good clean with paper towels, the next time you wanna use it, I promise you won't want to hahaha I had it out at my old house in my theater room, it looked great as a decoration and usually actually used it just on special occasions. Always had a bowl of different flavored powder/salt next to it too. Ranch and cheddar being a favorite.
     
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    I started a slow clap at the end of Hollow Man during opening night. I didn’t like it when I saw it in theater. In more recent viewings I it has grown on me for the cheesiness of it.

    The theater was packed and I did the classic slow clap. It caught fire and the entire place joined in for a huge applause. It was pretty hilarious.
     
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    I think you guys are right. I just watched a video with the machine working. Just about every video cuts the process. But that machine fills the box up with steam. It's funny. Thinking about it. I never actually saw them make popcorn in theaters in all the times I would go. It was always hot and ready. Some times I would see them dump the popcorn and mix some powder in. They would mix it up with that metal handle thing. But I never saw the amount of steam the machine produces.

    For the amount of money theater workers make, it must drive them crazy to have to clean that stuff every night. I wouldn't be surprised if some theaters would be candidates for Kitchen Nightmares.

    I'm going to read the manual for the Nostalgia machines. See what their cleaning procedure is. I'll probably just have it for display / special nights as well.
     
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    Oh, another one... was at a showing of The Hidden in this really down on its luck theater. A mouse got in my popcorn when i put the bag on the floor. Grindhouse heaven... so the walls were paper thin and I guess there was an action movie playing next door. So as the main character is standing with his wife in her housecoat having quiet morning conversation on their suburban lawn, the overwhelming sounds of machine guns and planes crashing bleeds through from the next theater as the two onscreen nonchalantly kiss and hubby gets in the car for work.

    A voice comes up from the back of the theater: "Geez, rough neighborhood."
     
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    Popcorn bag on the floor? I would never do that. I remember so many theaters with odd sticky floors. I don't know how they get like that. I saw Shocker in a theater like that. Old school theater that had two levels. I can't remember Shocker at all. I thought it was terrible afterwards is all I remember. But I do remember that sticky floor.
     
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    When i am done with it i always put my popcorn bag on the floor close to my chair arm. That way i dont have to walk past everyone in the aisle to throw it out mid movie. Just keep a few napkins handy in case the butter soaks the bottom as the spot on the floor is a fall hazard. And keep it very close to the base of your chair arm so it doesnt leave a possible spot in the foot path.
     
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    Oh I thought you were talking about putting a bag with popcorn on the floor and when you picked it up a mouse jumped out! Still scary. I don't like being anywhere with unexpected animals running around. It scared the hell out of me the few times I've been in areas and a mouse runs past me. One time I saw a rat that was as big as a cat or small dog walk across the street like it was no big deal.
     
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    No. It was scuzzy. Mice on the floor (I was there for 12 hrs that day so I made sure he was chubby by the 6th hour), a drunk guy in the front row who was good naturedly, well, a drunk guy in the front row, broken chairs that were incredibly comfortable that were recliners due to missing bolts (later replaced with new reclining chairs that werent a third as comfy), paul naschy on the big screen, silent night deadly night snapping in half as people cheered. Bliss...I coulda took that mouse home.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    ALIENS 1986 - I saw this when it was on its 2nd week of release. I never loved the first film (then) but I had an appreciation for it mostly due to Sigourney Weaver's work. So it's late July - maybe even August...it was HOT in Reno. Anyway, this was the first film that made me pay attention to how wonderful thunderous sound can be while watching an exciting movie. This was the first film where DOLBY Stereo actually meant something. It had been many years since I had seen a movie with a fun expressive audience. I've seen the Star Wars films, Back to the Future, E.T., Raiders, ect. - where the audience was totally silent and everyone left the theater in a stoic manner. ALIENS changed all that and made me enjoy going to the movies again. We saw the film about 18 times that summer - yes we did. It was re-released in October with THE FLY but not in huge theaters - so I was able to see the film a few more times in mono sound...and it really impacted the experience (but not the film, however).
     
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    The discussion about the upcoming releases of Blood for Dracula and Flesh for Frankenstein brought to mind one of my all-time great theatrical experiences.

    In 1982, there was a theatrical re-release of Flesh for Frankenstein (going by the title of Andy Warhol's Frankenstein) to cash in on the sudden 3-D craze (same year Friday the 13th Part 3 had come out). This was HUGE for me as I remember seeing it mentioned in Fangoria, which I was a regular reader of. You see, this is before VCRs were around, and you couldn't just see any movie any time you wanted. Fangoria would talk about great old movies, but forget about being able to see them. You had to see them in the theater, and you were limited to what the theaters near you would show. Most of the theaters around me would only show the "bigger" horror films of the day (Halloween, F13) and not some obscure 10 year old Euro movie like Flesh for Frankenstein.

    I was only 15 at the time, but theater workers never cared about movie ratings. I went to whatever movies I wanted, by myself, no one ever said anything. Until this one. This one they asked me how old I was. If there wasn't such a long line behind me, I'm sure they would have refused to sell me a ticket, but the exasperated clerk just wanted to keep things moving. The fact that the normally non-caring theater workers were reluctant to sell me a ticket only made me realize I was in for something far different than what I was used to. It was all the more ironic because I was seated next to a woman with three very small children, who absolutely should not have been there regardless of being accompanied by an adult. And this irresponsible mom would say "Cover your eyes" every time there was nudity. In other words, a LOT.

    This was the very first time I'd seen any "gross-out" film with entrails and body parts, not just blood. And of course, it was in 3-D with those body parts dangling over me. To say I was in heaven was an understatement.

    And the funniest part was as some of the attendees were milling about outside, I overheard a conversation. "What about the kids?? Man, they gotta make a Frankenstein 2!", completely unaware that we'd been watching a film that was made nearly 10 years ago.
     
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    One of the reasons they may have questioned your seeing the film on your own is that the film was X-rated. Here is the U.S. one sheet.

    Flesh For Frankenstein (one sheet) B 3D (2).JPG
     
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    Even though you removed that post, Wago (I'm a mod, I can still see it), I think you're right. Keep looking!
     
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    I did, lol - I found my old newspaper clipping from '82. "R" rating...I wonder...if any footage was missing or they got away with rating the movie "R" when it was originally an "X"?
    It was on my mind for HOURS to find that damn clipping. The artwork is cool, too: a woman on a slap is jutting out from a movie screen over an audience. Oh, good times.
     
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    The first 3D poster from my earlier post was for the 1974 release. The other posters are for the X-rated 2D release from 1974 and the 1982 rerelease 3D poster which had the R rating. There is also a 1974 poster which someone simply covered the X rating with an R rating. I don't know if anything was cut for the 1982 rerelease or if the film was simply resubmitted to the MPAA and got the R rating.

    Flesh For Frankenstein (one sheet) A (2).JPG Flesh For Frankenstein (one sheet) D RR 80's (2).JPG Flesh For Frankenstein (one sheet) C Rated R (2).JPG
     
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    A lot changed between 1973 and 1982. Namely the porn industry, who took over and monopolized the "X" rating. Just a few years prior, an X film (Midnight Cowboy) actually won Best Picture. I also don't think any of the mall theaters in my semi-rural upstate NY community would book an X film.

    The version I saw, that warped my fragile little mind, was definitely uncut. The nudity (as the woman and her little kids next to me can attest) was still in place. In fact, I will swear (but this is most likely my unreliable memory) that the beheading scene was more graphic than the Criterion release. I'm thinking that's just a case of a person remembering something more violent than it actually was. Go find someone who saw Texas Chainsaw Massacre in '74; they'll swear up and down that all versions today are "cut", compared to the one they saw in the drive-in. You build it up in your mind and think you saw something you really didn't.

    According to IMDb, the uncut Frankenstein was given an R rating in 1992, although I still wonder about that '82 experience. It still was one of the best in my life. Oh, and I couldn't wait six months for VS' release; had to watch my old Criterion laserdisc last night. Still love the film.
     
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    AND...once again, RussWeiss has THE TEA. As usual.
     
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    I've never seen Blood for Dracula or Flesh for Frankenstein. I guess I need to check them out. Find the 3D version.

    I didn't know there was an X rating for normal movies back then. I guess I missed that time period. X was nudie stuff. It's funny. When someone around here told me about X rated horror parodies, I looked one up still expecting an actual movie. And it was more time spent on sex scenes then an actual movie.
     
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    Yeah, X always meant "no one under 17", but it didn't always mean pornography. It was the equivalent of today's NC-17.

    Once the porn industry took it over (Deep Throat was the first porn film to get nation-wide attention) and started making up things like "Rated triple X", X just became synonymous with porn like you thought. This is why movies like Dawn of the Dead were actually unrated; Romero knew it would get rated X, be considered pornography, and that would be the end of the film's life, so he just chose the daring path of not even submitting the film for MPAA rating.

    The puritans of the country put a stop to this end around the ratings system real quick, with many newspapers refusing to include ads for unrated films, and really put an end to it with Blockbuster, who also would not carry unrated films.
     

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