Scanner Event Report at The Esquire
by Alex Billington
July 15, 2006
If any of you guys reading this came to one of these showings (and got a poster or not), please post a comment letting us know what your thoughts on this event were.
As you've probably read, myself and the rest of the First Showing guys went up to The Esquire theatre in Denver tonight for the Colorado opening of A Scanner Darkly. We were at both the 7:30 and 9:45PM showings there and did a little trivia and some fun contests (best Keanu Reeves impression!) for all the people out catching the opening of this film. Check out the rest of the photos and the run-down on our festivities from the opening of this unique Warner Independent film.
We started off at the 7:30 showing and for about 15 minutes did some contests to giveaway a double set of a full-sized Scanner Darkly poster and Science of Sleep poster (thanks to the great people at Warner Independent). We asked some trivia questions regarding Richard Linklater and his other films as well as Scanner Darkly. We also did a "talk like a drug addict" and "best Keanu Reeves impression" mini-contest. We also ran an interesting "six-degrees-of-freedom" type thing where we brought up people who had random connections from the audience (name, birthdate, age, etc). It was a bit funky but fell into the ideal of Linklater and his ideas. Unfortunately I didn't shoot any photos from the 7:30PM one.
The 9:45PM showing had a line out the door that got let in right after the 7:30 let out (at about 9:25). The theatre wasn't entirely sold out but was nearly full.
One line for the entrance into the 9:45PM Scanner Darkly.
The projectionist told us he had to fix a trailer's reel and we didn't start our event until 9:45 to give him time and to push the start back in order for more people to come in. So we ran another 15 minute event with trivia, some truly great Keanu Reeves impressions, and another randomality-connection gig. This time the audience was definitely more excited and put in some excellent cheers to get the movie started at about 10PM when everything was ready and the lights went dim.
Josh preparaing to start the show.
The theatre and our poster tubes to give away (thanks to Warner Independent).
The audience during trivia.
Andrew waiting in the aisle to call on people during trivia.
An audience member raises their hand during the trivia contest.
Some of the people who had come down to do Keanu Reeves impressions.
Overall a great experience for us and hopefully the same for those who came! The movie was quite interesting, however my review and opinion on that will come a bit later. If you missed us this time, try and make it out to Kimballs Twin Peak in Colorado Springs on July 28th for the opening of Scanner Darkly there. Was a fun time for a unique movie opening from Warner Independent.
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