Largest crowd for a movie you saw in the movie theater

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  1. Ryan L B

    Ryan L B Supporting Actor

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    Rush Hour 2, opening weekend waited 1 and a half hours to get in and there were 4 screens! Ours was either sold out or very close to. "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon", me and a friend had to sit in the back row. With "Mr Hollands Opis" with Richard Dryfiss, I had to sit on the floor, (before stadiem seeting in my area) plus I missed the first 20 min.
     
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    Many eons ago I went to see TOP GUN at a second run theater. 15 minutes before the film started I was the lone person in the theater and then BAM!!! people started flooding in just minutes before the film started and all of a sudden the theater owner was walking up and down with a flashlight trying to find seats for people. I ended up being sardined between to strange people [​IMG]
     
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    The opening night of the Mummy Returns, every show on two or three screens was sold out and there were lines practically out the back door of the theater for a show thiry minutes before it started. I think there was even some sort of police presence there to control the crowd.
     
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    For sure Star Wars I we had to wait in line 2 hours (and yes we already had tickets) before the show with a ton of other idiots. They not only checked the tickets at the front of the theater but also at the enterance to the movie itself. There were movie workers inside telling people they couldnt reserve seats and if they tried they would be escorted out, it really was first come, first serve. Then after everyone was sat down they waited to start the movie till every single seat in the theater was filled. WOW just blew me away.

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  5. Ryan L B

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    Another one was Episode one of star wars. I liked how everybody had been waiting paicently for around 15 min for the movie to start and then the Prieviews came on, well then this die hard gets up and yells, "Hey, we don't want any of this bull Sh**, we want Star Wars." That got a huge laugh from the audience. Surprisingly, only the little kids laughed at the parts with Jar Jar.
     
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    Saving Private Ryan in a Chicago theater where it was the only movie playing on all 12 screens. The film started every 15 minutes, and our theater was still packed so tight that my wife and I couldn't sit together.
     
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    I guess that would be when I saw The Thin Red Line on opening night. I didn't have to wait in line or anything, but I think that all of the seats were filled.
     
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    Star Wars: Special Edition

    It was PACKED! I think people were sitting on the floor in front...and this was the premire.
     
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    The Lost World at the Universal City Walk on the opening weekend. There was a long line. Just when the movie was supposed to begin, the room was overfilling with not enough seats. The audience started clapping to get the film to start rolling.
     
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    Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings are the latest ones that had a packed house here; but no long lines outside, waiting, etc.
    The first time I saw Star Wars:TPM the theater was absolutely packed. I travelled out of town where a new theater had just finished being constructed (complete with THX soundsystem and all) - a friend had already picked up tickets for the midnight show. We got there about an hour early and there wasn't much of a line; by 11:30 there were people everywhere - we're talking The Who-in-Cincinnati-type crowd. Eventually the doors opened and we ran for our seats...let's say I'm not fast, but lucky. [​IMG]
     
  11. Rick Deschaine

    Rick Deschaine Stunt Coordinator

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    I've been to my fair share of opening night premieres of blockbuster type movies and those are usually packed, Twister, Independence Day, and Return Of The Jedi to name a few.
    But the biggest crowd was for Episode I: The Phantom Menace . I saw it at the same theater that Star Wars premiered at in San Jose, CA. That would be the Century 21 theater on Winchester Blvd. The theater is pretty big, it probably holds about 500 to 1000 people, and of course it was a madhouse. Loads of fun, but of course not the best movie.
    Later, Rick
     
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    The Empire Strikes Back when there were single movie houses. I went and waited in line 2 hours before start time on opening night.
     
  13. Ash Williams

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    I live in a small town and it is usually unheard of to have the theater filled, but for some reason Men in Black changed all that. Every seat was filled and they had to turn away about 150 more. I hate crowded theaters with a passion so after that ordeal I vowed to never go to a blockbuster movie on a Friday night again.
     

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