Not much is opening new in theaters this holiday weekend, so this might be a good time to catch a second screening of something you’ve already seen. When was the last time you went to see a movie more than once in the theater during its original release?
Keep in mind that we’re specifically talking about first run films here, not movies you’ve rewatched at home or even those you caught again years later in a re-release or revival.
This year, I’ve seen two films multiple times. The first was Apollo 11, the majestic documentary that screened at Sundance. I went again during its “LieMAX” run in Toronto, then three times (!) at the glorious Cinesphere for a truly immersive experience.
The most recent was Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood – once at Cannes in 35mm, once on a DCP at a second press screening, once in an Atmos room, and once in another full IMAX venue.
On the giant screen, laser projected in 4k, both films drawn from celluloid sources looked positively extraordinary.
My theater-going habits have changed a few times over the last few years. There are now a number of nearby Dolby Cinemas. This past year, I started using the AMC A-List membership, which makes seeing movies I’m only vaguely interested in much more likely (like seeing Hobbs & Shaw in Dolby Cinema or seeing imports like Shadow). So much so that I’ve stopped attending advance screenings. (I think Alita was the last one.) I now find going to the movies with a friend a nice quick break from family life. But in certain cases, I end up seeing the same movie with the family anyway.
This most frequently applies to comic book movies like the recent Spider-Man: Far from Home, or family fare like The Lego Movie 2. In select cases, it applies to less family-friendly stuff such as Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, which is my current target for a second viewing. Happily, I enjoy seeing movies that I like with different people, and that second viewing is a nice chance to find out just how well a movie holds up a second time.
M. Enois Duarte
Most recently, I went to see Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood in the cinema twice, and it mostly by choice. As a Tarantino fan, I was most definitely going to watch the film on opening weekend, especially since one of the theaters I frequent was showing it in actual 35mm. I went with a group of friends and loved Tarantino’s nostalgia trip. The following weekend, I went to see it again with a friend who was able to join the previous group, but this time, we saw a regular digital screening, allowing me the opportunity to pick up on several things I didn’t notice the first time. More importantly, it was interesting to experience the same movie from two different sources on a large screen, and it ultimately made me really nostalgic for the days before digital. Granted, the differences were small and nuanced, but they’re visible nonetheless, particularly the look and texture of the visuals.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
I hardly ever venture out to the multiplex anymore. To quantify what a homebody I am, I’ve only caught two movies theatrically over the past three years, as opposed to the 560 I’ve watched at home in that same timespan.
This is in stark contrast to my high school and college years, where I practically lived in the movie theater. I wound up seeing Jurassic Park and, of all things, the remake of House on Haunted Hill six times each theatrically, all told. Jurassic Park was inflated due to a tiny discount theater while visiting family for the summer. I repeatedly had my choice of two movies, and my answer was invariably Jurassic Park. I so wholly and completely burned myself out on it that I wouldn’t revisit the movie again until this past spring. A few years after mainlining dinosaurs, I fell so head over heels in love with House on Haunted Hill that I was desperate to force it upon my friends, but I could only ever seem to drag one of them at a time, so… yeah. Six separate trips to the theater.
The last movie I caught more than once in theaters was Captain America: Civil War. I wish I had some enthralling story to tell, but no, not so much. I saw Civil War once on my own, taking the afternoon off work to catch it on day one. A few weeks later, my kid brother on the other side of the state couldn’t resist the siren song of Iron Man and Captain America whomping on each other, so I took him to see it too.
My movie theater excursions have been curtailed significantly since having kids. The hassle and expensive of hiring a sitter for the evening is generally not worth the effort when I know that just about any movie I want to see will hit Blu-ray and streaming in a couple months anyway. Going to the theater at all is a rarity for me, much less going to see something more than once.
The last time that happened was Baby Driver. I’m a fan of Edgar Wright and wanted to see the movie, but honestly I probably could have waited for disc. However, the week it came out had been particularly stressful for me at work, so I decided to take a half day on Friday and cut out to go see an afternoon matinee. As fate would have it, we wound up with free babysitting later that weekend, and Mrs. Z really wanted to go see a movie. Nothing else at that time appealed to her, so off I went to see Baby Driver a second time.
Good thing I liked the movie.
What movie was so good that you just had to go back and see it again right away?
Have a great long weekend, everybody. We’ll see you back here on Tuesday.