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Do You Like to Go to Midnight Movie Showings?

Film 2012/05/20 23:34:25
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In a time when most people prefer to watch films at home instead of in theaters, one New York Times writer describes the midnight showing as a “near-ideal cinematic experience” and possibly the only way to really enjoy going to the movies.

If you’re not already a fan of the practice, the late start times, long lines, and noisy crowds might make the midnight screening seem unappealing. But Alexander Huls makes a case for why every moviegoer should give the experience a try.

The midnight premiere is the first chance to see a highly anticipated movie—like “Harry Potter,” “The Hunger Games,” or “The Avengers.” As a result, these showings draw out dedicated fans who give the theater a party-like atmosphere and who spread a contagious sense of excitement.


“The auditorium is stuffed with noisy, agitated true believers, ready to explode in thunderous cheers; they elatedly chatter at the slightest eyebrow twitch of a beloved character on-screen. This audience is loud, interactive, pumped up and ready to geek out,” wrote Huls. “To the dedicated cinephile, the midnight show might sound like a nightmare. It’s not.”

Huls went on to explain that though they can be loud, audiences at midnight showings are actually more respectful than at the average screening. They will cheer and applaud, but they won’t text, tweet, or hold side conversations. “What more could anyone ask from a moviegoing experience than an audience that actually both quietly respects and vocally worships the movie you’re collectively seeing?” asked Huls.

What about you SodaHeads? Do you like to go to midnight movie showings?

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  • Alexis 2012/05/25 06:02:49
    Yes
    Alexis
    But only for Harry Potter...so no more of that.
  • Eva (: 2012/05/24 01:05:15
    Yes
    Eva (:
    Come on scare me please
  • Samira Sweetie 2012/05/23 17:43:46
    No
    Samira Sweetie
  • Bill Bradly 2012/05/23 14:47:45
    Yes
    Bill Bradly
    Yes!!!, cuz that's when the tramps go after a few drinks at Sherlocks
  • Rin 2012/05/22 21:12:31
    No
    Rin
    It's a little too crazy for me!
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/05/22 18:14:14
    Undecided
    Margaret Jacobson
    never went to one ??
  • helli.candy 2012/05/22 17:40:22
    No
    helli.candy
    never to many people
  • Skar 2012/05/22 17:30:38
    Undecided
    Skar
    Depends on the movie
  • NinaDoctor 2012/05/22 16:39:10
    Undecided
    NinaDoctor
    If something like that existed here I would most certainly go.
  • awillis 2012/05/22 14:37:18
    No
    awillis
    It's always too crowded I wait a couple days then I go and see it.
  • JacquelChrissyC.May 2012/05/22 13:36:38
    Yes
    JacquelChrissyC.May
    Because it's great to be among those who like the same thing that you like.
  • Buoyant Leadraft 2012/05/22 07:50:37
    No
    Buoyant Leadraft
    Last movie i saw at midnight was The Rocky Horror Picture Show.... It's the only time it would play. That was quite a while back.

    i'll stick with my 60" HD 3D screen at home with my awesome surround sound without the noisy people in the back of me kicking my seat and throwing popcorn.
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/05/22 06:38:16
    Yes
    nothingbutthetruth
    It can be fun I sure. I never been to one though, but you never know(:
  • Fariborz-Zak 2012/05/22 05:53:57
    Undecided
    Fariborz-Zak
    sometimes
  • Aksana 2012/05/22 05:47:28
    No
    Aksana
    Nope
  • MissNovemberTuesday 2012/05/22 04:54:40
    Yes
    MissNovemberTuesday
    YES! For certain movies, the midnight shows are best. The crowds are lively and fun and always true fans of the movie, characters, director, writers, stars or whatever. Some people dress up as characters. I saw a white owl @ a Harry Potter movie. When we saw the last Lord of the Rings movie, I brought my mum's old board game and we played while we waited in line and I got SO many people wanting to know where I found it. I had to break it to them that we had it since I was a kid. We played the Pirate's Dice game while waiting for the last Pirate movie. It is a lot of fun to be with others who are into the same things.
  • ✞Knight of Honor 2012/05/22 04:41:49
    Yes
    ✞Knight of Honor
    but it's too expensive.
  • sockpuppet 2012/05/22 04:21:40
    No
    sockpuppet
    I'm not even big on movies anymore, let alone staying out til 3AM in the city.
  • blackrings70 2012/05/22 03:05:14
    No
    blackrings70
    NO!!!Refer to picture below.....
  • Lordy :D 2012/05/22 02:21:59
    Yes
    Lordy :D
    I love the atmosphere. I truly regret not going to the midnight showing of The Avengers. It would've been AWESOME.
  • findthelight2000 2012/05/22 01:56:07
    Yes
    findthelight2000
    They are always my favorites!
  • Daniel 2012/05/22 01:32:00
    No
    Daniel
    Too freaking tired by the time the previews are over. Not to mention half of the empty seats are "Saved" for someone else by some woman's purse.
  • dekecds 2012/05/22 00:13:43
    Yes
    dekecds
    There is almost no greater experience (as far as media goes) than splurging $20 on horrible snacks that should cost $5 and then buckling in to enjoy the ride of a cinematic adventure!! This Summer, by the way, has already started to be the best summer for me since 1983! (I was only three years old and my uncle David babysat me for the week. We watched all three Star Wars movies with The Return of The Jedi being the grande finale as we watched that one at the movie theater with popcorn popped in good old coconut oil and drizzled with real butter!)
  • Maximus 2012/05/21 23:14:43
    No
    Maximus
    Crap.
  • Mavii 2012/05/21 23:00:47
    Yes
    Mavii
    +1
    Hell yeah, it's worth it! You get this really good feeling inside of you when you know you are one of the first to see a cool movie like the Avengers. (Even though technically, you aren't the first one to see it.)
    Loki the avengers
  • Anna Mavii 2012/05/21 23:41:19
    Anna
    How can someone so adorable be so evil and crazy?
  • Mavii Anna 2012/05/22 00:44:51
    Mavii
    I know right?!
  • vinone 2012/05/21 22:54:17
    No
    vinone
    No, I went to The Hunger Games simply because someone had a ticket and I will never go again, absolute zoo!
  • 10sgirl 2012/05/21 22:44:21
    Undecided
    10sgirl
    Never been to one :/ seems fun though!
  • 214scifi 2012/05/21 22:18:02
    Yes
    214scifi
    Yes, but very rarely for an event movie. Mostly for a classic midnight movie. I have seen PLANET OF THE APES(1968), FIGHT CLUB,THE USUAL SUSPECTS, CHINATOWN, THE SHINING, BOOGIE NIGHTS and ROCKY HORROR as midnight movies.
  • runningintriangles 2012/05/21 21:29:28
  • skroehr 2012/05/21 21:22:34
    No
    skroehr
    Uggg. I'm a mess the next day if I even stay up past 10, (my bedtime) ;-)
  • NYCbrit 2012/05/21 20:10:51
    Yes
    NYCbrit
    +1
    For certain movies. I went to the midnight showing of the Two Towers and an all-day trilogy Tuesday when the last LOTR movies came out. Adds a bit of camaraderie to the movie going experience. Otherwise, I avoid movie theatres.
  • Cornball 2012/05/21 19:38:21 (edited)
    Undecided
    Cornball
    +1
    It really depends on how tired I fell. :P
  • BaconCake 2012/05/21 19:10:53
    Undecided
    BaconCake
    I have never been to a midnight movie...But I does sound kinda fun if it's late and you get to dress up! Hehe! :3
  • Yoru Azenia 2012/05/21 18:41:27
    Yes
    Yoru Azenia
    Yep going to the Chernobyl Diaries midnight showing
  • HarleyCharley 2012/05/21 17:47:01
    Yes
    HarleyCharley
    +1
    Rocky Horror picture show....
  • skroehr HarleyC... 2012/05/21 21:26:13
    skroehr
    Yeah, I remember that. Takes me back aways. That was THE thing in the late 70's early 80's.
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/05/21 17:43:35
    No
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    +1
    I wait till it comes out on Blue Ray Blue ray dvd
  • S123 BIG BAD... 2012/05/21 18:56:32
    S123
    Do you ever see movies in the theater?

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