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Posted on Wednesday 30 October 2013 at 6:07 pm

Stupid Local Movie Theaters

The History Grad Student Association at my university was planning a group trip on Saturday evening to watch 12 Years a Slave since this weekend is the wide release. Unfortunately we just found out that none of the theaters in town are planning to show it. There's a theater 25 miles away that will have a couple of showings on Friday but none on Saturday and a group already has plans to go see Ender's Game on Friday so we can switch to then. The closest theaters showing 12 Years a Slave on Saturday are around 40 miles away and no one wants to put in that drive. They're going to wait to see if it comes to a local theater next weekend. I'm really disappointed. I desperately want to see this movie and I don't understand why the local theaters aren't playing it. I'd be willing to drive 40 miles each way to see it, but I don't really want to go by myself and, while I'm willing to do it, I'm not sure I should drive that far with my toe. I've been driving my car fine and I only need that foot for the clutch, but if I get stuck in stop-and-go traffic for a long time, I think it could become a problem.
Feeling: annoyed


failte_aoife at 8:58 am on 31 October 2013 (UTC) (Link)
:( it already happened a couple of times that I really wanted to see a non-mainstream non-blockbuster but it either wasn't shown at all or only really late at night.
It got slightly better since we got a small cinema that specialices on indy/foreign-language etc. movies but even they often show them only for a week and if you don't have time then (or forget about it...)...well bad luck :/
bratty_jedi at 11:12 am on 01 November 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I really thought this one was big enough that once it went in to wide release this weekend it would have to be at one of the local cinemas. There's a big enough advertising push and stuff that I didn't mentally classify it as not mainstream enough that I'd have to worry about it. The weird thing is that we have two regular theaters and a tiny one that specializes in artsy, independent, minor, historical films and even that one isn't getting it. I guess it is too mainstream for the indy theater but not mainstream enough for the two big theaters.
sunshine304 at 11:28 pm on 31 October 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I've looked at all cinemas in the vicinity and although it was said that the movie would start on Oct 31st it's nowhere to be found. When I checked one of the cinemas that usually show very non-maintream movies "Twelcve Years a Slave" actually showed up - with release date in January. *sigh* Sooo... they changed the date in Germany?

I can totally understand that you're frustrated. It happened to me enough times that I didn't manage to see a movie because it was, if at all, only shown in some obscure cinema that would've taken me ages to go to.
bratty_jedi at 11:14 am on 01 November 2013 (UTC) (Link)
January? Man, that sucks. I'm sure this is the wide release weekend for it in the US so I'm kind of assuming it just isn't coming here. I'll probably wait until next weekend and just go on my own if no one else is willing to make the drive and it doesn't come to one of the theaters nearer. I don't want to wait any longer because then I'm afraid it will start leaving theaters.
sunshine304 at 11:54 am on 01 November 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Yep, it sucks. The movie's in the newest issue of our movie mag listed with release date Oct 31st like the US, and that's what it used to say on IMDB as well. I just looked - new release date Jan 16th. They really moved it back this much, no idea why. *sigh*
But they like to do that with potential Oscar movies that people otherwise wouldn't run to to see. Because it's likely that the movie gets nominated for a lot of awards, it seems, and if they can sell it with that here in Germany they usually get more people to actually watch it. Happened some years ago with The King's Speech - after the nominations were out more people wanted to see it, and after the Oscars they re-released it (or prolonged the run, I'm not sure) in cinemas because the interest was high.

Yeah, I would do it like that, too - wait a bit to see what the local cinemas do and if it can't be helped then do the long drive.

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