On Twitter: What Are Your Favorite Theatrical Moviegoing Experiences?
This is what movies are all about. This is why movie theaters will be around forever. There is nothing that can compare to the theatrical experience, especially when everyone is in sync and completely caught up in the movie on the screen. With all the discussion about the death of movie theaters, and the decline of film, it's refreshing to have a very nice discussion about the truly memorable, exhilarating times we've spent in cinemas. Over the past weekend, a Twitter user named Antoine Linguine asked about everyone's favorite theater-going movie experience, and he has been getting answers non-stop ever since. We've collected a few of the best responses below, in hopes of reminding everyone that there can be positive experiences at the movies, and these are some of the most unforgettable moments. So what is your favorite movie experience?
There's a fascinating mix of answers: funny occurrences, having the theater to oneself, crazy (over)reactions, and big crowds together excited for midnight premieres or special events. The recurring mentions seem to be Grindhouse, Scream, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, and Get Out. But of course, there's a mix of everything and every single person has their own favorite memory in a theater, no matter what it is.
Here's the original tweet from @aklingus that started it all. Thanks for starting a great discussion, Antoine:
Please quote tweet with your all time favorite theater going movie experience
— Antoine Linguine (@aklingus) May 28, 2017
Here are some of my favorite replies from moviegoers all over talking about their unforgettable experiences:
Do film festivals count? If yes, Gravity / Telluride 2013. The film. The crowd. And the venue (Werner Herzog)…perfection. https://t.co/l23Y6G7nxw
— Tomris Laffly (@TomiLaffly) May 28, 2017
— Alex Chung (@Alex_Chung) May 29, 2017
Midnight revival screening of Ferris Bueller in 1999 with a raucous suburban Chicago crowd that clapped and sang along to "Twist & Shout." https://t.co/Q1B6PHRnmt
— Sean (@SeanTheDisNerd) May 29, 2017
Midnight preview screening of BATMAN in 1989. Wild audience. When the title card GOTHAM CITY came up, the roar raised the roof. https://t.co/vAQ3XYIDfD
— Phil Guest (@Philip_Guest) May 29, 2017
Snakes on a Plane, opening weekend, midnight showing. Crowd was BANANAS. Most fun I've ever had watching a movie. https://t.co/XoR2VWS8dT
— Kathy (@bluelightsix) May 28, 2017
Seeing Koyaanisqatsi with Phillip Glass and his orchestra performing the music live. Breathtaking. https://t.co/VWwI786tBW
— secretcabdriver (@secretcabdriver) May 28, 2017
THE FOUNTAIN. Went with a big group and we all cried and hugged when it ended.https://t.co/EncyAXfcXw
— Yo, Whitelash!🇺🇸 (@BoringDrew) May 28, 2017
Magic Mike XXL, Times Square, opening night (no joke); Grindhouse, opening night; Mullholland Drive, college screening, prime mind-blown age https://t.co/swxq3DwcsJ
— Stephanie Hershinow (@S_Insley_H) May 28, 2017
Seeing "Get Out" at 10:30 at night at the Harlem Magic Johnson theater. Man….let me tell you…black people will understand. https://t.co/2iot45O2Hc
— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) May 28, 2017
Independence Day on Independence Day. Big NYC crowd, many colors/languages. Rapturous cheering at the big speech, I burst into tears. https://t.co/8h19wiPnTt
— Jason Fry (@jasoncfry) May 28, 2017
APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX, with an audience of 3, in the huge "Il Grande" (Africa's biggest screen!) in Joburg's grotesque MonteCasino complex. https://t.co/mA5GHDvCVT
— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) May 29, 2017
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 29, 2017
"Rumble in the Bronx" at Sundance: "Blair Witch Project" at Sundance; "Better Luck Tomorrow" at Sundance w/Ebert speaking up at Q&A… https://t.co/AEdijLwkjK
— Sean P. Means (@moviecricket) May 29, 2017
KILL BILL: THE WHOLE BLOODY AFFAIR at the New Beverly on Quentin's 50th birthday. The audience & the movie were one that day. https://t.co/1PIki2Nexb
— Nicolas David Meise (@nicdavidmeise) May 28, 2017
Fight Club. Slough. There was a fight in the audience during the opening credits. https://t.co/EYqyGkxiBc
— Nev Pierce (@nevpierce) May 29, 2017
Crystal Skull. Indie's fedora rolls into Shia's boots. He picks it up, turns it over, admiring it.
"PUT IT DOWN" echoes across the theater https://t.co/17o8Xo5ibV
— stephen bell (@atstephenbell) May 28, 2017
@aklingus I went to see Toy Story 3. During the first introduction of Buzz Lightyear, a grown man in the theater yelled "I LOVE YOU, BUZZ!" Many LOLs
— Sarah (@SarahJTV4) May 28, 2017
Right after the climax of "Vertigo" the old lady next to me said loudly to her companion "Well! I found the whole thing quite implausible" https://t.co/0GZML1ZT9n
— karaspita (@karaspita) May 29, 2017
Second time seeing Inherent Vice. Was stoned. Walked into American Sniper by mistake. Realized my error when film started. Good experience. https://t.co/qCcbcrreKx
— Biz Markie Moon🌹 (@JumpinJackFlask) May 28, 2017
If you want to see all the replies, you can search on Twitter or click here. There's more being added every few minutes, as people continue to see other mentions and post their own experiences. Keep them coming.
We've also been supporters of the theatrical experience here at FirstShowing for the entire 11 years we've been around. There's nothing like it. Even though it seems to be getting worse (with cell phones, talking, and other disturbances) there are still those moments and movies where it all works in harmony. Midnight premieres are usually when the best experiences happen. This reminds me of an article in the NY Times a few years ago, where the writer talked about his love for the unique midnight experience. "When the lights go down, the energy that seizes that crowd on the precipice of fulfillment is like a roller coaster cresting its highest point, just before it plunges." And who doesn't love roller coasters? So let's all do our best to keep supporting these kind of experiences. Remind people to turn off their phones and focus on the movie. Let's keep the cinema a sacred and special place where movies of all sizes can take us on unforgettable journeys.
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
When i was 16 i watch Ben Hur in cinemascope, it was life changing...
ari smulders on May 29, 2017
Never say never ( With James Bond voice)
tarek on May 29, 2017
There always be superb movies in the making, but being 16 is not possible for me anymore. The chariot ride in cinemascope is for a young boy fuckin amazing! Ps evil dead also made a big impression on me as a young boy, i was terrified at that time...
ari smulders on May 29, 2017
Probably seeing The Phantom Menace, Inglorious Basterds, or the Return of the King.
Xerxexx on May 29, 2017
Every Tarantino film is an amazing theater experience for me.
grimjob on May 29, 2017
Theater experiences that transcended the movie itself, without too much thought, AVATAR, GLADIATOR, and THE DARK KNIGHT.
DAVIDPD on May 29, 2017
I hate crowds, and normally wait about 3-4 weeks to see a movie. That is, if it's a movie that's worth seeing at a theater. Otherwise, hello Redbox. Very rarely do I see a movie on or near its opening.
grimjob on May 29, 2017
What immediately comes to mind when asked this question is Freddy vs Jason. Hot damn that was so much fun. I hate crowded theaters, but that was practically a party. Place was filled with horror fans, and you could tell the Jason fans from the Freddy fans by all the shouting after one of them murdered somebody. Especially when they actually fight each other. So fun. (While I absolutely adore Robert Englund, between the two I've always leaned more towards Voorhees. Michael Meyers is in fact my favorite film slasher)
grimjob on May 29, 2017
You took the words right out of my mouth. The best thing I ever bought was a projector and a 12' screen. Movie heaven for me. There's only a few people I absolutely hate in this world. It's not the popcorn munchers or the cell phone users, although they are bad, the people I really, REALLY despise are the ones who need to get a reaction from the crowd to THEIR reaction in a theatre. Possibly the only people worse than that guy are ones who react back. Who give the attention starved loser the attention they need. I haven't felt the need to off any movie goer like that for over 20 years now and have never enjoyed movies more.
Charles Knowlton on May 30, 2017
Ha! Glad you enjoyed it. I meant every word, but I tell you, it wasn't always like that. I seriously don't know what happened but it happened a long time ago and it's sad. Next to records and CDs, damn near every dollar I spent during my college years was at a repertory theatre. I probably spend hundreds and hundreds of my school loan dollars there. I discovered SO many great directors new and old that I would never have heard of anywhere else. I clearly remember the smell of that room like it was yesterday. I have so many joyful memories not only of the films I saw, but the things I did associated with my trips there with girlfriends and college buddies. Probably some of the best times of my life. But as the years went by, something just changed. One thing, I grew older and less tolerant for sure, but the crowds really changed. First it was taking. then cell phones. Then eating and people bringing children to movies THEY SHOULD NOT BE SEEING! People don't go there to see a movie anymore. They go for many other reasons, but movies just aren't any of them. I really miss those days in college, but that was a long time ago. When my children were at the age of going to see movies I reluctantly went to EVERY damn one they (and my wife) wanted to see. I have to tell you, those films somehow attract a slightly better crowd then adult groups of moviegoers. You expect children to act like children and it doesn't bother me as much. When my kids became old enough to go to the movies with their friends I was back in a good place. My basement. Where I can watch an entire 5 hour Bergman TV show and not hear one cough, fart or inappropriate laugh at the wrong place and if that makes me a snob, I wear that badge with pride! thanks for letting me unload AND reminisce.
Charles Knowlton on May 31, 2017
The Dark Knight was always memorable for me, but mainly because it was during the interrogation scene and the theater had to stop playing the movie because someone was having a health crisis. Luckily the person ended up being ok but its always something my friends and I talk about. Oh, and Inception at midnight was pretty dang amazing as well. Or lining up to see Harry Potter midnight releases with other fans who were just as excited to see Harry kick some ass.
Wes on May 30, 2017
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