Movie Theater Still Under Construction

Movie #27 of the year, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
AvengersAgeofUltronWith the summer movie season kicking off that means plenty of Thursday night screenings for the biggest, must-see movies, starting with Avengers of course. But pure laziness happens and I was a little late on ordering tickets at our usual theater. I wasn’t too panicked, figuring we could just get tickets to a showtime they announce closer to the release date, but then I noticed a billboard announcing that the Arclight theater in Culver City was going to be open for the movie. And low and behold they had plenty of seats for an 8 o’clock showing. For a week we were happy, looking forward to having a much closer Arclight to us, but then when we showed up at 7:45 we were surprised to see all of the employees outside.

What do you mean the theater’s not ready?

I initially thought it was some sort of promotion for the newly opened theater, but then a couple of employees approached us asking if they could help. They informed us that the theater still under construction and wasn’t ready for the showings tonight, and that they’d refund our tickets. At first I thought it was a joke, but then I noticed that the doors were closed and covered with no one going in or out of them. In addition to the refund, they gave us two passes each and offered free concession food on the tables. Jeremy loaded up on Red Vines (ew), fruit snacks and Crunch candies, doing his best not to become an incredible Hulk. As we walked back to the car he loaded up Fandango and we checked showtimes and found two seats for the 9:30 showing that weren’t in the front five rows. We snatched those up and headed home with all our candy, having to wait another ninety minutes before what will be the biggest movie of the summer.

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Seeing a Movie While on the Clock

Movie #16 of the year, Cinderella.
CinderellaIt’s pretty much been known to everyone that I’ve been finished with the majority of my work since January and yet I wasn’t due to wrap until the end of March. In those weeks with minimal duties I’ve spent quite a bit of time helping my co-workers, chatting on google hangouts, browsing the internet, and going for long walks in the afternoon. But since it was my last week at work, and my coworker and I were particularly bored we decided we’d take an extra long-lunch and go see a movie.
CinderellaBallWe were supposed to go to the Arclight and see It Follows, but my co-worker watched the trailer and got too scared. So instead we opted for the closer El Capitan and saw a matinee screening of Cinderella, which wasn’t really on my list of movies to see, but I’m accommodating like that. By the time we returned, nearly three hours later, nobody commented on our long absence or showed any signs of realizing how long we were actually gone. Which only made me wish we snuck off to the movies more during my time there.

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Overheard During the Trailers

Movie #15 of the year, Insurgent.
InsurgentDuring the trailer for Terminator: Genesys.
Little Kid: Hey, that’s the guy from Kindergarten Cop!

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Overheard Outside the Auditorium

Movie #13 of the year, Chappie.
ChappieAs I head toward my auditorium (number six), I pass by an old lady slowly meandering to the end of the hall, who calls back to her husband. It makes me feel like I’m in the Landmark, but I’m at Century City.
OLD LADY: Where are you going?
OLD MAN: (Loud but not yelling) Theater three.
OLD LADY: Why are you yelling at me?
OLD MAN: (Still not yelling) Theater three.
OLD LADY: What’s gotten in to you?

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2014 in Movies

2014MoviesI saw 115 movies this year, four less than last year. I went to 11 different theaters and spent $1188.02 including tickets purchased for others. *cough* Jeremy *cough*
Movies In 2014In order:

Ride Along
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
That Awkward Moment
Oscar Shorts: Animation
The Lego Movie
The Monuments Men
About Last Night
Robocop
Non-Stop
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Also Rises
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Veronica Mars
Bad Words
Divergent
Le Weekend
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Draft Day
Oculus
Transcendence
Only Lovers Left Alive
Locke
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Double
Neighbors
Godzilla
Chef
Words & Pictures
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Million Dollar Arm
Maleficent
Obvious Child
The Fault in Our Stars
Edge of Tomorrow
22 Jump Street
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Begin Again
Tammy
Snowpiercer
Deliver Us From Evil
Dawn of Planet of the Apes
Boyhood
The Purge: Anarchy
Mood Indigo
Sex Tape
Hercules
Lucy
Guardians of the Galaxy
A Most Wanted Man
Magic in the Moonlight
Get On Up
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
What If
Into the Storm
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Let’s Be Cops
The Giver
Frank
Love is Strange
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
The Trip to Italy
Calvary
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
The Drop
The Skeleton Twins
The Maze Runner
The Guest
Tusk
Tracks
A Walk Among the Tombstones
Pride
This is Where I Leave You
The Two Faces of January
Gone Girl
Annabelle
The Good Lie
Jimi: All is By My Side
The Equalizer
Men, Women & Children
The Boxtrolls
The Judge
Kill the Messenger
Whiplash
St. Vincent
Dracula Untold
Dear White People
Birdman
John Wicks
Nightcrawler
Interstellar
Big Hero 6
Fury
Foxcatcher
The Theory of Everything
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The Homesman
Rosewater
Dumb and Dumber To
A Girl Walks Alone At Night
Horrible Bosses 2
The Imitation Game
Penguins of Madagascar
Wild
Still Alice
Top Five
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Selma
Big Eyes
The Gambler
American Sniper
Mr. Turner
Force Majuere
A Most Violent Year

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Jeremy Forgot His Phone

Movie #96 of the year, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
HungerGamesMockingJay1Again the iPhone 6 Plus strikes as Jeremy put it under his seat for the duration of the movie, left, and did not remember to get it until we were in the parking structure. He bolted off faster than I’ve ever seen him run before, but managed to get back in, get his phone, and return without being short of breath. But I think more importantly we’ve both learned to make sure he has his phone before we leave the theater.

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Guy with a Dog Sitting Next to Me

Movie #94 of the year, Foxcatcher.
Foxcatcher
As the previews played and the patrons filed into their seats I was expecting to have the seat next to me open since the lady next to that seat on the other side set her purse in it. But then in walks a man with a small white dog, a Bischon Frise. That’s odd, but nothing I haven’t seen before. And then he sits next to me and has the dog sit on his lap. This dog had some sort of vest on — like for a seeing eye dog — only this dog clearly wasn’t a seeing eye dog. No one really did anything weird, and the dog didn’t make any noise, not even after a shushing fight broke out 2/3 of the way through the movie.

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