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St. Lou, MO ROTS at Midnight...What to Expect...

Discussion in 'Mid West Regional Discussion' started by Fishbait61588, May 14, 2005.

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  1. Fishbait61588

    Fishbait61588 Jedi Youngling

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    Hello all...obviously I'm a newbie, so go easy on me...

    Anyway, some friends and I are going to see ROTS at Des Peres at midnight. The 12:01 is sold out, so I'm probably going to grab the 12:03 show (hoping that most people will get the 12:02). Basically, we want to avoid crowds and lines as much as possible.

    We've never gone to a midnight Star Wars premiere, and I was hoping some of you seasoned veterans could let me know what to expect. Will there be a huge line? If so, any idea what time would be a good time to get there? I just have no idea...for all I know a line will start forming at noon or something...

    We just want decent seats is all. Watching the final Star Wars at at 90 degree angle from the front row would really suck.

    Thanks a lot for any replies, hopefully I didn't violate any forum rules :D
     
  2. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    I'd say at get there at least three hours early. And take a plastic lightsaber and beat anyone up that tries to get in your way. :)
     
  3. Jedi_Dajuan

    Jedi_Dajuan Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'm not sure what to expect, this will be my first midnight show, and will be an atypical one at that.
     
  4. Dinogallus

    Dinogallus Jedi Youngling star 2

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    It's gonna be my first midnight showing too!

    I'm gonna get there at 11:00 or so. Be sure to get your tickets before the day, though. That's a must.
     
  5. yodaismygod

    yodaismygod Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Well, seeing as how those of us with the group don't have to wait in line, I'll be there about noon.
     
  6. Fishbait61588

    Fishbait61588 Jedi Youngling

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Yeah, we'll probably get there at 9:00. We've already ordered tickets, so we should be able to get decent seats, right?
     
  7. Jedi_Dajuan

    Jedi_Dajuan Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Good luck!
     
  8. Jedi_Commander_Faofa

    Jedi_Commander_Faofa Jedi Master star 4

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    MTFBWY!

    This will be my first midnight showing as well. A tad bit nervous actually, but I know I will be among some of the best people in the world.
     
  9. KOB

    KOB Jedi Youngling star 4

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    It's my first as well.
     
  10. YTMND

    YTMND Jedi Master star 5

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    This will be my 4th,just get there a few hours early,the lines will surely wrap around the movie theatre.Other than that,just have fun. :)
     
  11. CuppaJoe

    CuppaJoe Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I'm going at midnight as well! I'm in Macon MO, which isn't THAT populated, but the other people I'm going with say there are a lot of people expected. I'm not nervous about it selling out, just nervous if they'll have good seats...

    If not, I'll probably sit on the floor or something. :p
     
  12. VoijaRisa

    VoijaRisa Jedi Master star 5

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    [blockquote][link=http://boards.theforce.net/user.asp?usr=CuppaJoe]CuppaJoe[/link] posted on 5/17/05 9:28am
     
  13. BalooKen

    BalooKen Jedi Youngling

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    You can take or leave this advice, and it really all depends on how much you want a good seat...

    I am a veteran of the midnight shows for the last two episodes. You'll usually find crazy nuts like me within the first twenty people of any line for the midnight show. For Episode I, I got in line about 8:00 AM in the morning at the West Olive 16. Apparently there is a city ordinance against waiting in line outside an establishment before 12:00 noon, so the theatre folks and the cops moved us into an upper parking lot about a block away from the building. There were around 50 people there until noon. As soon as it turned noon and the theatre folks waved it was okay, we all ran down the hill toward the theatre like a wild pack of idiots! (Heh!) I would say I was in the first 20-30 people in line. I can also remember around 3-4 in the afternoon, a humongous rain storm came at us like a wall, so most people were soaked for a great deal of the afternoon. Lots of characters there in line... One fella, who kinda looked like a 7 foot Spock, was walking around with a boom box on his shoulder playing the Star Wars soundtrack for most of the day. You of course had the occasional plastic lightsaber match (which is always hilarious), and several news crews and newspaper reporters taking pictures and video.

    For Episode II, I couldn't get off work quite so early, so I made it to the line by like 3PM in the afternoon... same theatre. I was about 11th in line this time. I heard from the folks in front of me that the first people in line had started standing at 1AM. Now that's dedication! (Or unemployment. Heh!) This time more costumes, plastic lightsaber bruise-making competitions, people actually watching Episode I on computers, tvs and small DVD players, small bar-b-qs and cook-outs, and even more weirdos than before. It was awesome!

    Now I tell you all this because having the perfect seat for movies that only come around every three years, and the experience of just being there on the first night are important to me. I love being a nut this way. I love shrugging my shoulders when people ask why. I love making fun of people in line KNOWING that I'm just as big of a dork as they are. This is Star Wars folks! Maybe your last chance to wallow around in this type of atmosphere!

    I for one will be at the Galaxy Theatre around 7-8AM at Boone's Crossing to hopefully start the line. I suppose my advice is this...

    Get there early if you want your "perfect" seat. Mine is 3/4 up, directly in the middle. Don't take that one or I'll spill my soda on you! (Heh!)

    :)
     
  14. Jedi_Commander_Faofa

    Jedi_Commander_Faofa Jedi Master star 4

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    Awesome BalooKen! I'm so happy that I get to be a part of the midnight showing experience.
     
  15. DarthShoey

    DarthShoey Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I've been to the last two midnight showings, but my fondest memory was Return of the Jedi. I was in sixth grade. Me and three buddies got there at 8:00 in the morning determined to be the first ones to get in to see it.

    Of course when we got there - two old farts were already in line. I say old farts because I was only 11 at the time. I'm quite sure that they were both younger than 30. It's funny how old 30 seems when you're that age. :) They spent all day playing chess.

    We spent all day playing Risk (regular Risk, no such thing as SW Risk back then), throwing a frisbee around the parking lot, and looking over a movie program one of us had found a Walgreens the night before. Spoilers were practically unheard of back then, so you can imagine us going over this program, drooling, speculating, could Darth Vader actually be Luke's father? I was convinced it was a lie. :) Imagine my horror when Yoda revealed the truth. How? How could this be!?!?!

    I also remember fondly remembering my mom bringing us McDonald's in the middle of day. Lunch is another thing you take for granted when you're that age and planning of full day of festivites. As lunch time approached, we realized we 1) didn't have money for lunch and 2) didn't have a way to get there.

    And there was my mom blazing to the rescue in a silver '79 Dodge Aspen station-wagon with burgers and fries for the lot of us! Funny what stands out in your memory so many years later.

    What a great day! Gotta go call Mom now, thank her again, make sure she knows how much I love her.

    Hope everybody has as much fun tomorrow as I did back then!

     
  16. twilek69

    twilek69 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Those are such great stories! I am beyond excited, as is my 8yr old son! I was hoping to make really great memories for him too. I just wish my daughter was a little older. I don't think ROTS would be okay for a 3yr old who has never seen a movie in a theatre before. LOL!

    I remember going to the drive-in to see Star Wars/A New Hope. It was not the midnight show, but man me and my siblings were so excited and then our van overheated and we almost didn't make it. That's a great memory for my siblings and I.
    Leash
     
  17. YTMND

    YTMND Jedi Master star 5

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    I don't know f this is thre right htread to ask it in,but here goes.

    Are any of you going to be attending the midnight showing at St.Charles 18?
     
  18. Ben_Obi-Wan_Kenobi

    Ben_Obi-Wan_Kenobi Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Hey, just wanted to tell you all to have a great time tonight (for those of you going to the midnight screening).

    I won't see it til Friday. But that's Okay.
     
  19. Darthtrader

    Darthtrader Jedi Youngling star 1

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    The Post-Dispatch only gave it 2 out of 4 stars.
     
  20. NIBBOR11

    NIBBOR11 Jedi Youngling star 1

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    The Post-Dispatch only gave it 2 out of 4 stars. ?

    Personally I never trust the review in the paper. It seems the movies they always like are so-so, & the ones they dont make all the money.
     
  21. Chocoboeh

    Chocoboeh Jedi Youngling

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    I read that review! I liked episodes I and II, so I don't see why everyone bashes them so much o_O.. probably because these are the episodes I grew up with, unlike the majority of you. I was 9 or 10 when Episode I came out..

    but 2 out of 4? Bah, lies! I'll see for myself and prove it wrong! Yar!


    Believe me, if I had my license, or my mom didn't have to work, I would have gone to the midnight show..but I didn't have a ride, so..I'll just go Saturday.
     
  22. SteelLepp

    SteelLepp JCC NHL Playoff Bracket Winner star 3

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    Yeah, it seemed to me that Straus just picked all of the things that critics have always "hated" about Star Wars and applied them again. But the Star Wars=baseball thing in the sports section was pretty funny.
     
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