I had a great time last night. I met my friend, Claudine for dinner and then we went to see James Cameron’s “Avatar.” I think we were probably the last two people in the country who hadn’t seen it yet. We went to a 10pm showing (in 3D, of course) at the Bridgeport, Connecticut Showcase Cinemas, which are owned by National Amusements.
After paying $30 for two tickets, we went into the theater. It was 10:01pm. The movie had already started. I knew we were running a little bit late because dinner ran long. We expected to walk in during previews. Apparently they didn’t do previews. OK… no problem. We were late and missed the very beginning. I accept that.
I loved the movie. Of course the special effects were brilliant. Sigourney Weaver was fantastic. James Horner’s score was beautiful. The story was OK. Did I mention the special effects?
At the end of the movie, they started to roll the end credits. And then about 1 minute into the credits, they just shut down the projector and started cleaning the theater. Um… HELLO!!!!! I was still watching!
I understand that most people don’t stay for the credits. I also understand that it was very late and the movie theater employees wanted to leave. But… I paid $30 to see a movie, and both Claudine and I are the type of people that enjoy staying and reading the credits. I consider it a part of the movie going experience.
So both the Bridgeport Showcase Theater and their parent company, National Amusements will be getting letters from both me and Claudine. I may even write to 20th Century Fox and James Cameron himself if I can find his e-mail address. OK… I’m sure he won’t care. I’m not looking for restitution, my money back, or free movies… I just want someone to know that there are those of us who believe that the ending credits are a part of the movie and we want to see them.