Saturday night I had plans with my sister to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Our plans fell through so I had to go see it on my own. I planned my Monday movie plans on Sunday and decided that I was going to see the first showing at 9:30am.
I get to the theatre at 9:15 and all the doors are locked. This didn't make any sense to me. I double checked my Fandango App and realized that I was looking at Sundays schedule when I made my Monday plans. I rummaged through The Christmas Tree store before returning home with intentions of returning for the 12:30pm showing.
When I get back to the theatre I buy my ticket at the machine and buy some goodies. I check my wallet for coupons which I sometimes hoard only to find that I have a coupon for a free popcorn. I don't want popcorn though, so I figure if I get the opportunity I'll pay it forward. Online to buy my candy, someone offers me a coupon for candy and I say no thanks since I have one for candy as well, but I offer her my popcorn coupon. She was more than pleased. She said that her family likes popcorn not candy and I was more than happy to help.
After getting my sweets I go to get my IMAX 3D glasses when I realize no one is collecting tickets nor relegating the glasses. I go to the line at the box office window which I tried avoiding in the first place to get my glasses.
The movie starts and after 20 minutes the fire alarm goes off. Crap. Sometimes it's only a moment of alarm, but this wasn't a test. Every theatre was evacuated and about a hundred people stood outside baffled by the situation. Some over-reacted. I can't believe this. How can this be worse. Hmmm, we could be on fire. There was a lot of construction being done at the theatre so if I had to assume, the fire alarm going off was related to that.
With no manager to calm the sea of disgruntled patrons crew members were telling people to wait a moment until the fire department would arrive and the movies would resume. Others were collecting IMAX glasses and giving out coupons for another showing.
With my coupon in my hand I decided I was going to see this movie and be at school on time for my 6pm radio show. I was going to see it in IMAX like I intended and there was a showing at 2pm not too far away. "Perfect!"I thought.
I get to the theatre only to realize that it's a different chain and I'd have to lay out the cash again. I can still use the voucher another time at another Regal Cinema, but it was just the icing on a somewhat awkward cake of a day.
Let's see if the rest of the movie is as good as the first 20 minutes.