I've never camped out to be the first person to see a particular film. Call me old or a fuddy-duddy, but I can't past the part that the movie will start at midnight and you've got to stay awake until 3 a.m. to see it all.
About the closest I've come to a camp-out was a few years ago, I only had to work a half day on Wednesdays (to make up for the 12 hour workdays most other days of the week) and I stood in the gigantic, mondo line of doom to get tickets for Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
It was an interesting experience, to say the least. The line wound around the parking garage at West Towne Mall in Knoxville and after a few hours, you really got to know the people around you. Everyone was pleasant, amiable and excited about the first new Star Wars in 19 year (oh, if only we'd known that Jar-Jar was to be inflicted upon us, the line would have been a LOT shorter).
So, as I've said, I've never been part of a camp out to see a particular film. (I mean other than getting to the theater early to get a good place in line...but I don't think an hour in line with friends counts as much). Now, I can't say that if they didn't have a Doctor Who
feature film come out, that I wouldn't be there, because, well, I'm just that insane a Doctor Who
fan (random note: The preview
for this week's season finale...holy cow, that looks good! )
But even though I've not camped out, there are those who have. And thankfully for us, they've blogged about it
. Interesting to read about the expereince, though I do wonder if the advent of Fandango will slowly make camping out to see a movie a thing of the past. When you can buy your ticket on-line days in advance (which is wonderful, by the way), it sort of eliminates the need to camp out. All you have to do is arrive early enough to pick up tickets and stand in line for the showing.
But maybe that's just the old fuddy-duddy in me talking...
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/28/2006 07:48:00 AM