What's The Longest You've Ever Waited In Line For A Movie?

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I think it was Annie.


I have no idea why there was such a long line for Annie.
Maybe this joke is going over my head -- that happens often to me. You're joking of course. Please tell me you're joking.



I assume John Huston's entire extended family showed up at the same theatre as Crumbsroom.



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For the record, I love Annie, and just watched it recently with my threenager...

Same goes for Xanadu!
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Maybe this joke is going over my head -- that happens often to me. You're joking of course. Please tell me you're joking.

If there was any joke, it was on me as I began to realize what I was standing out in the rain to see.



For the record, I love Annie, and just watched it recently with my threenager...

Same goes for Xanadu!

I know it is probably sacrilege to say this now she's just died, but man I ****ing hate Xanadu



I'm pretty sure I waited 1-1.5 hours for the Star Wars theatrical rerelease back in 1997. I went with my dad, and it was fun chatting up the other dads and their kids while waiting, all of whom were wearing either Star Wars swag or costumes. I still remember making a mad rush to the best seat in the theater when the doors opened since someone on the opposite site of the theater did the same thing as if we wanted to collide with each other. Besides maybe seeing Grindhouse on opening night, it's my most treasured theater memory.
The '97 re-release happened to open on the first night of carnival parades here in NO, and our local theater happened to be on the parade route. So while the rest of the country stood in long lines, my brother and I just waltzed in to our sparsely attended screening. Always felt lucky about that.

Edit: I guess we missed out on the cosplay and all that, but I was pretty old by then anyway, so I was just happy to have a good seat



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I know it is probably sacrilege to say this now she's just died, but man I ****ing hate Xanadu
Nope, terrible film. I love every second of it.



I was young but I remember the line for Scarface went outside and all around to the side of the building, and it was a big building.
I actually remember seeing some really long lines for Scarface myself.



My dad didn't have the patience for long lines, so it's not something I encountered often unless I was with another family.


1. Waited in a very long line with my aunt and uncle to see Rocky II. This was memorable because after being in line forever, some yahoo came running out of a prior screening yelling,
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"he won!!"

Everybody hated that guy.


2. A friend's birthday happened to coincide with the release of Return of the Jedi. So we had a slumber party the night before and went to the theater the next day for the first showing. The line was so long that we didn't get in and had to wait for the second show instead. In the meantime we stayed in the lobby playing the Journey arcade game. Good times.



I try to avoid long lines. I never went to the first weekend showing of a movie and we had second run movie theaters for $1.00 when I was a kid. So usually we would wait for the movie to get to those theaters.



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Gosh, maybe The Running Man? That was when I was in grade school so I don't remember the wait so much as I do the shoulder-to-shoulder lobby area where everyone was in a winding line for concessions. Those lines bled into the other few lines forming to enter the theaters proper, for all the soon to start movies along the corridor.

Used to be, here, they blocked off the hallway entrance with velvet rope until everyone safely exited the theater and crew could clean up after. I can also remember catching Batman (1989) in theater a few weeks after release and that was still so full that my mom and I had to be escorted in the dark to our seats by staff with a red cone flashlight. We were placed into the right wing column of seats because he couldn't find two that were open next to each other. I remember that theater was ....warm, and that MIGHT have been my first self awareness of my developing OCD. I had troubles sitting still that movie. I was nervous, too, because I had the impression that Batman was going to be more like a horror movie.

Now that I'm all grown up, I rarely go for an opening weekend viewing. In fact, I usually give most movies a two-week window (longer for blockbusters) before I even bother. Even then, I take in a Tuesday night flick if it's just me.
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It was about 1 1/2 hours, for a grand opening of the Fellowship of the Ring. The kids HAD to see it or they would surely die. They had to see it first. Our local neighborhood theater (yes we have one of those, a grand old movie palace), advertised having a first generation, top of the line print. We got to the first showing, bought tickets ahead of time, got middle of the row seats and there it was. Orcs in all of their glory, the Balrog and Sauron, all on the big screen.



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Gods i can't recall how long ive waited but the only one that comes to mind that i have waited for would have been the 1st Lord of the Rings movie at the cinema. My mum and dad took my sister and myself to watch it. I was feeling awful at the time due to some non contagious infection but I'd wanted to see it so bad so i put my game face on, loaded myself up on some meds and watched it. I regret nothing lol.
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I’ve never had to wait in line for a movie. Not because there weren’t any movie worth that, but because it’s never been necessary…

I was born mid-90s so most of my cinema ticket ordering was done in the 2000s. And usually I think my parents would just call to order tickets. And then later, when I ordered by myself, a webpage had launched here in Denmark that made it possible to order tickets online for every cinema in the entire country basically. And that still exists today.

So that’s where I do my ticket buying. I don’t show up in no lines. But for movies like Endgame or No Way Home you do have to be in an online que. But you can easily do something else at the same time.

In a way I would’ve loved to grow up in the earlier days where waiting in line for a new movie was the norm. Sounds like something that could really build the anticipation for a movie. And make it an event. Something that’s really missing from today’s movie-going experience. The “event” part. Though seeing Endgame and No Way Home on midnight premiere/opening night was something to remember…



"And make it an event. Something that’s really missing from today’s movie-going experience. The “event” part. "

That's exactly it. When those LOTR events happened, many people came in costume, the crowd was completely wired and the line was like a pre-party. Same thing for some of the Star Wars iterations. If you needed to take a quick bathroom break, people you didn't know would hold your place in line. I've seen plenty of movies in theaters over the past two years and the big event part is really missing. It's creepy to be in a 900 seat theater, be one of 20 people and have them widely spaced by the seating software.

When NOPE opened a couple weeks ago, it was about half of an event, actually the best theater night I've had since The Before Times.



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" If you needed to take a quick bathroom break, people you didn't know would hold your place in line..

That's very nice.


When I was in Australia, an Estonian friend of mine told me his mother read all the Harry Potter books to him, and in 2012 (or 2013), I remember him paying $25 to see it at midnight. The next day I asked him how it was, but he fell asleep as soon as it started, lol.