Free Movie Screening Bummer: The Theater Was Packed


A few week ago I posted about the free Up in the Air screening Entertainment Weekly was sponsoring. I was looking forward to seeing this movie. The boyfriend and I met up downtown, grabbed some dinner, and then headed over to the theater an hour before the screening, which is the time we usually show up for these things.

When we got there they had already started letting people into the theater (which is unheard of) and there were over a hundred (maybe even 200) people in line. We got in line anyway and were there for about 5 minutes before they announced that the theater was full.

We were actually pretty surprised about all of this. It’s been about three years since I was last turned away from a screening. Still, we hadn’t been there very long and there was no way we could have known that there would be such an immense turn out, so we didn’t feel too bad about it.

Since we didn’t have a back up plan, the boyfriend and I decided to check out 2012 instead, which we enjoyed a lot. (Though I hate paying full price for movie tickets.)

The whole point of this post is that when it comes to these free screenings, sometimes you never know what to expect. If you really want to see the movie, like really want to see it, sometimes you just have to sacrifice the time and get there two hours in advance just to guarantee that you’ll get in. Sometimes though, they’ll barely have the theater filled when it’s time to start the movie.

It’s one of those things that you just can’t predict because it depends on a lot of variable including the popularity of the movie, how may passes were given out, the theater, and other unknown variables. It’s good to have a back up plan so you don’t feel like you wasted your time. Also, go in it with a good sense of humor. It’s a bummer to miss out on a free movie, especially if you waited a long period of time not to get in. But really, all you’ve lost is the time. So make good use of your time in line: read, do homework, talk with friends, whatever. Then shrug it off if you don’t get in and go to plan B.

If you want, you can also read my extensive post of advanced movie screening tips