Thursday, May 26, 2005

Episode III: Consider This

Whether you loved it or hated it, as long as you saw the movie there's one side of the story you might not be considering, and that is of the movie theater. Digressing this is my first post on here, and I am a concessionist, usher and sometime box office worker with Cinemark 12 in Paducah. Most of us are between 16 and 18, and are just getting out of school. My last day of school this year, conveniently enough, was the 19th, the Thursday that Episode III was released on. After going to see the midnight show (and enjoying every minute of that experience) and going to school that day, I had a 3:00 to 10:30 shift to look forward too. Episode III was showing on 3 screens; putting that in perspective, this was the first time I'd ever seen us get more than two prints of a movie. The extra print was spaced a half hour apart from the others, meaning a longer set, meaning a longer rush for concessions. The general truth is that the 7:00 showtimes are the busiest on any day but Sunday, and the concession stand is busy from 6:30 to 8:00. Now, with all the SW fanboys running around the set's suddenly increased to starting at about 5:00 for the 7:00 movies and not letting up till 8:45, barely giving some of us time for a break. Now repeat this about 20 times and you have the opening weekend. To be blunt, working Episode III was hell. But it was an experience that I'll probably never forget. At the midnight show we had a line of about 1,000 people, stretching from the front door all the way outside, down the entire length of the building, and then turning the corner and going a few hundred more feet. Wow. The rest of the time we had lines from the podium all the way across the lobby, into the arcade, making a loop through the arcade and doubling back the way it came.

This week is posed to be even worse, with The Longest Yard and Madagascar both predicted to break 100 million, in addition to the second week of Episode III. Thankfully I'm not working this weekend; instead I'm going on a cruise to sunny Bermuda. Seems much more preferable.

I'll be on ROM a little bit over the next few days but not much. Send a tell to Nochnoi or just comment if you have anything to say. :)

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