What's the longest you've ever waited outside to see a film?

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  1. Inspector Hammer!

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    I heard a story on the radio today about a guy in Seattle who has camped out in front of a movie theater to see SW EP III The Revenge of the Sith right now, 4 months before it's release! [​IMG]

    Which got me curious, what's the longest you've waited to see a film? Any camp out stories worth telling?

    Personally I have none to tell, the longest i've waited to get into a film was for Alien vs Predator, it was 3 hours, but I was in a mall with lots to keep me busy until showtime.
     
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    Most of the time, that isn't really necessary here. All the REALLY big movies have pre-sale tickets (both online and off) a few weeks to a month before the event.

    However, some lining up is involved on the day, so you can exercise the right to use the ticket you just paid for [​IMG] A few hours if you want a good seat.

    However, the two major cinema chains here - Hoyts and Birch & Carrol - have developed a 'fancy night out'. The Hoyts one, called La Premiere and the only 'fancy' one I have used - gives you assigned "lounge style" seats, in a balcony area. For a slightly higher ticket price, you get nicer seats, free popcorn and soft drinks as well as access to a bar, with permission to take alcohol into the cinema. I tend to use this option for the big movies - like Star Wars - and save myself the effort of lining up at all.

    Also, our local cinemaplex has assigned seating for regular sessions too, so lining up is pretty much a thing of the past here.
     
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    Hmm, no camp out stories for me, but I do remember getting into line for the opening day of Return of the Jedi at about 10 in the morning, for a show at 4 pm. It was actually fun. I was ducking school [thank God my dad did not find out!] and I not only got to hang out with some friends, who were also playing hooky, but I got to meet and talk to new people of all different ages and professions who were likewise taking a day off.

    While waiting in line to see Phantom Menace, there was a 12 year old girl who was complaining that she had been in line for almost 20 whole minutes. I told her that she should have been there for Jedi, and her eyes got big as saucers.
     
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    I usually wait for a movie to be out for a week or two because I hate lines, but I did wait for a couple of hours to see Titanic Xmas night of '97. It's the first time I ever sat in a packed theater. Yes, I was a Titaniac. [​IMG] Didn't someone camp out for months before Star Wars Phantom Menace came out? I thought I saw something like that on the news years ago.
     
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    Back in the 1970's I went to see "Superman" in San Diego and waited 2 hrs in the rain. I vowed then and there.....never again. That was way before the proliferation of multi-plex cinemas. We went to San Diego to see the film on the huge 70mm screen at a theater called the Cinema 21. Excellent experience moviewise, but the waiting sucked.[​IMG] BTW-I saw "Star Wars" there too.:b
     
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    1995 Opening day of CASINO.

    My buddy and I were huge Scorsese fans but we got about 2ft. of snow the day the film opened. I begged my father to drive us to the theater and he agreed but he had to drop us off three hours before the doors opened because he had to be at work. The manager wouldn't allow us in so we had to wait outside in snow with the temp around 10 degrees for those three hours. I was frozen during the movie but it was worth it.

    I finally thawed out after the trailers had ended then the movie started....the need for a bathroom break hit me right then but I refused to leave that three hour movie.
     
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    I camped out for Phantom Menace tickets for about 12 hours. It was actually a great experience. The people I sat with were really kewl, and the local TV stations came by and brought free pizza, etc. The movie was disappointing for me, but I really had a fun time waiting for it.
     
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    Well I waited outside the night of both Ep. I and II (will for Ep. III as well) just to get good seats (tickets were presale). On both of those I waited about six or seven hours each. My best is not exactly my longest wait for a movie but it is the longest I've ever spent at a movie theater. It was the LOTR Trilogy Tuesday. I was living in Orlando but tickets there sold out in two hours so I had to go to Tampa. It was about and hour or so drive and I waited outside of the theater for about four hours (my friends said they couldn't handle it so I braved it alone). There was a Krispy Kreame doughnut and coffee guy who supplied the line with breakfast and the people around me were pretty cool. Once in we watched FOTR and TTT (both exteded editions) and then ROTK an hour before midnight. We got cool lanyards and pizza between TTT and ROTK, great deals on food and drinks not to mention a film cel display from Sideshow Collectables with a frame from each film in it. I ended up leaving the theater at around 2am and then I had an hour or so drive home. All and all I spent over 12 hours in the theater....and would do it again at the drop of a hat.
     
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    My local news station covered this story (a Tulsa ABC affiliate of the Seattle station) and no one in the studio knew what a Sith was and much talk was made at the end of the broadcast and guesses were made (The metereologist joked that it was like acne). Promises were made by the anchors to look it up on the internet for the 10 o'clock broadcast. [​IMG] You'd think that was something they'd do before they went on the air (of course, in my geekiness I was screaming the answer at the TV screen :b).

    As for the question at hand, the most I ever waited outside for a movie was just about 1 hour to get tickets on opening day for Independence Day. This only slightly tops the 45 minutes I once waited for Jurassic Park opening day.
     
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    Well put it this way I'm currently camped outside my local cineplex with my thermos and trusty laptop, waiting for Spiderman 3 to open, brrr it's cold.[​IMG]


    Okay the longest I waited in line to see a film... must have been back in the 70's when I didn't give a crap about waiting forever to see a big movie, I'd say 2-3 hours tops for Jaws (1975) and Star Wars (1977), and I saw those two films at least a dozen times each back then.[​IMG]
     
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    Prob about 3 or 4 hours for Return Of The Jedi or Indy & Temple Of Doom.
     
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    I was in line for the original Star Wars (ep 4) on opening night for about 6 hours, got in line around 4 tryin for the 8pm showing made it in at midnight. there was a picture of the line in the paper the next day it was HUGE
     
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    About 6 to 7 hours for adv tix to Phantom Menace.

    (somewhat off topic)
    About 10 years ago I had waited 15 hours for Pink Floyd tickets. [​IMG] (This was before they had lotterys for tickets and just before the internet sales)
     
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    4 hrs for Star Wars:AOTC. My cousin was in line to see it the day before...that would be something like 18+hrs. Sometimes I wonder about him [​IMG]

    Around here, you HAVE to go 1-1/2hrs early just to find parking and get decent seats.
     
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    I had to wait 20 minutes once - totally sucked!
     
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    Star Wars and Superman were probably the longest lines I've ever had to wait in. I doubt it was over an hour though.
     
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    I think I got in line at 7:30 PM for the midnight premiere of AOTC. A buddy got there around 4:00 PM and was holding a place for me. I would have been even earlier for TPM, but someone I knew won tickets on the radio and gave them to me.
     
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    I lucked out on the Episode I ticket craze. When tickets went on sale, I had every intention of coming back to Rochester to get tickets for myself and three friends. As it turned out, I had to take my last final of the semester that morning. Lucky for me, a couple of friends were willing to drive an hour east from Buffalo to Rochester at 6 am to get in line for the tickets going on sale at 10 am. Had my tickets in hand as I left campus to go back to Rochester at 6:30 pm.

    A week later, everyone gathered at my house for a little pre-Star Wars party, and we left at 7:30 for the 9:00 pm show.

    Of course, there are the hardy souls who set up a tent outside the theater I work at a week before Episode II's opening, braving a rainstorm along the way. They have every intention of doing it again in May, or so I've been told.
     
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    Now see, most of your responses are understandable, it sounds like most of you had fun. But what in Sam hell is the point of waiting 4 months outside of a theater!? [​IMG]

    That's just nuts, what's he afraid of? Missing the film? I also wonder of he'll go all that time without showering, I hate to be the one who sits anywhere near him come showtime.

    Does this guy not work? I mean I am a HUGE SW fan, but geez I would never in a million years do what he's doing.

    Unless of course, Natalie Portman promises a kiss to the one who's waited the longest. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm sure Triumph will show up to kiss the guy.
     

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