Movie Disclaimer

Sex and the City: The Movie is being released next Friday night. So I will date myself and look like a dork when I post here… I want to see it. I will go see it. And to make matters worst in my dating myself… I want to see Madonna in November too. Back to SATC.

I have been listening to the local radio stations offer their coverage of the movie and what you could win if you play their contests to earn free tickets to the movie. They all sound like fun, but I’m not about to spend 20 frantic minutes trying to call in, to play a game online or live my life next to the speakers waiting to hear a song to be played so I can be caller 1,451. I plan on seeing the movie, not carrying so much if it’s opening night or not – but I will see it.

Then enters an online newspaper that sends me weekly updates. There on the front page is a “Win tickets – write an essay” contest. I think – “what they hey, what could I lose?” So I fill out the form, write down in 500 words or less what character I relate to of SATC and clicked “SUBMIT”. (Carrie Bradshaw if you are wondering).

Yesterday I received an email saying I won 2 tickets to the special advance screening of the movie. It releases on Friday – this is on Tuesday. This is better then the radio contests… because I would see it before anyone else. SCORE! I picked carefully who I wanted to go with me and we are set to go. We are geared up and ready to go for next Tuesday, but after sitting down and really reading the email, I discovered this on the website of where the promotion was originated from:

Please note: Passes received through this promotion do not guarantee you a seat at the theatre. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, except for members of the reviewing press. Theatre is overbooked to ensure a full house. No admittance once screening has begun.

Now I shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth – but why do they do this? Over-book? It’s like the airlines revisited again. I will be there. Why else would I bare my soul online and post my characteristics that were like Carrie? I’m sure they know this will be a sell out in most theaters on Friday night, winning tickets for a Tuesday night would make it no different. I don’t see why they have to over-book. Is this necessary? I don’t think so. If you look at this from the economy side? I won 2 tickets. But I will have to pay gas to get down town. Pay for parking. Pay for dinner, pop-corn and a coke. I may have won, but I’m still paying. Why the need for over-booking? Especially if I have to pay for the gas and parking?

I relayed this to my husband and he said we had gone through this before. I can’t remember who won the tickets or the name of the movie, but we went to the designated spot – and we missed the cut off time. People had been standing in line for 2 hours for this early release and they said about 100 people were turned away when the theater was full.

So in a nutshell… I will be there. Early. Extra-early. And if I miss out? I will wait till Saturday or Sunday of next week to see it, because after all – I will be seeing this movie.

Update: My friend and I did get in. There was 463 seats, and from what 9 News said – everyone was able to get a seat that showed up. We were in the early 100’s of the crowd so we also got great seats. For those interested in going and wondering if it will translate to the screen… you will not be disappointed.

3 Comments so far

  1. valerie on May 24th, 2008 @ 7:28 pm

    So are you going to show up the night before and camp out? ;-)

  2. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (den_nicole) on May 27th, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

    We’ve occasionally tried to get into pre-screenings like this. Emphasis on TRIED. Yes, they overbook. They overbook tremendously.

    We attempted to see Cloverfield down at Colorado & I-25 after work, were there two hours before the showing, were made to wait in a multi-layer line for some 45 minutes before being told that not only would we not get in BUT that no one who got there after 1 PM got in.

    So why the heck didn’t they start turning people away after 1 PM? Pity the folks who got there at 3 and waited until 6:45 to be turned away.

    We’d try again if a movie we were very very interested in was showing, but we’d probably send the non-full-time-employed member of the cadre (me) there mega early with plenty of stuff to do.

  3. whoward65 on May 30th, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

    I’m arranging a brunch and viewing of Sex and the City in Highlands Ranch on June 5th if anyone is interested. Here’s the details:

    Meet at Village Inn at 10:30 AM for brunch.

    Movie begins at 12:30 PM. We’ll meet at the theater (AMC Highlands Ranch 24, 103 W Centennial Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80129)
    at 12:00 PM, outside the ticket booth on the right side.

    Join us for one or both gatherings.

    For those of you needing a place for the kidos, there is a drop-in day care center not far from the theater in the Safeway shopping center. Kidstown is at 9265 S. Broadway #250, 720.344.2500

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