Very strange experience at the AMC Lincoln Square Multiplex tonight.
Karen and I went to catch a 6:50 p.m. showing of Django Unchained. The entire 13-screen theater was jammed packed, more crowded than I've ever seen, which is very unusual for a Sunday night. (Could be because there are a lot of critically acclaimed movies playing right now.)
But anyway, Karen goes in and gets seats while I'm buying the refreshments, and when I come in I finally find her all the way up front, in the second row center, and I notice that Al Sharpton is sitting in the second row side section with a woman. That's odd enough because the movie's been out for several weeks and one would think that Al would have already seen it in a private showing with his entourage, especially because it is such a controversial film about slavery.
Okay, so the packed theater is enjoying the movie, and it gets to a critical juncture about two-thirds of the way in, when suddenly the film stops, the lights come on and everyone is told to evacuate due to a "fire drill." Not everyone did so immediately, because no alarm sounded, and nobody knew what was going on. But soon more and more people, including Reverend Al and his friend, began filing out via the emergency exits, and the sidewalks adjacent to the theater became crowded with probably around 2000 moviegoers who had to leave mid-film, and were trying to find out what was going on.
Movie theater employees, and then some police officers who arrived at the scene, told everyone that their films would not resume, because there had been a fire alarm, even though nobody had heard any alarms and there was no smell of smoke.
What's really strange is that we stayed around the theater for a good fifteen or twenty minutes, and no fire trucks or personnel ever arrived. If a fire alarm had been pulled, the NYFD would have been on the scene in a matter of minutes.
So clearly there is something more to the story, like a threat called into the theater which would not involve the police, but not the fire department. But there did not seem to be that many police officers there either. I only saw one car and six or seven cops. Very strange.
There were a couple of newstrucks there, so I wonder if this will make the news.
The odds of being at a movie with Al Sharpton, and then have that movie interrupted in such a bizarre way, are astronomical.
Only in New York.
(Great movie, by the way, but I would have loved to see the rest of it!)
Great story Jeff. I would be amazed if I ever see a celebrity or public figure in a public movie theater. Of course I don't live in an area with many well known celebs, maybe one...Andie MacDowell.
The movie however is quite controversial in 2 ways. Violence and racial revenge. When I saw the early trailers, it seemed almost a comedy which Dave Chappelle had inspired. He was always on the edge of humor which other movies like "Blazing Saddles" were known for. This episode was about going back in time to call a slave owner a "Cracker". (derogatory term for whitey)
It's a shame you could not see the ending and was there any promise of a refund? .......................Al Sharpton? ;D
Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network called for a national boycott Tuesday of action figures based on the controversial and blood-soaked slavery revenge flick “Django Unchained.” A 10-doll assortment of characters from the film was going for $299 on Amazon Tuesday.
I tend to agree with this boycott of action figures based on a very sensitive issue. Slavery. I still would like to see the film before I can truly make an opinion on it's merits.
TM: Yes, his guitars in that song are great.
Nov 18, 2015 15:38:25 GMT -5
TM: Going to see Martin this Saturday night.
Dec 14, 2015 13:18:35 GMT -5
Biggles: Sooo jealous! enjoy.
Dec 15, 2015 17:22:44 GMT -5
StanDup: hmm, I could still make the 2nd show on saturday. just kidding dammit.
Dec 19, 2015 0:33:17 GMT -5
TM: Oh man, what an incredible show! I have picks and videos to post.
Dec 21, 2015 15:57:10 GMT -5
StanDup: Right on, can't wait.
Dec 22, 2015 19:42:04 GMT -5
marco58: Just saw Martin and his hot band in Plymouth, MA last Friday night. My second live Tull experience, after Ian in November at Foxwoods in CT. Completely blown away, the man is legendary, can't wait for his 2016 dates!
Dec 22, 2015 20:21:12 GMT -5
TM: Know what you mean Marco - welcome to the board. Everyone in NY was blown away by him as well. It was best show I've seen in many years.
Dec 22, 2015 21:51:02 GMT -5
Biggles: I just read the Bill Kopp Asheville, NC review a few days ago and could tell you guys were in for something special. I love that marco58 referred to it as "My second live Tull experience" welcome to the board marco58!
Dec 22, 2015 23:49:09 GMT -5
StanDup: Martin dates added since the Arizona date was announced. For you lucky fans back east.
Jan 30, 2016 18:42:12 GMT -5
Biggles: Martin please book some dates in California!!!
Jan 30, 2016 21:06:24 GMT -5
bristoltull: Hi....may be of interest to UK-based fans. On the BBC quiz show "Mastermind", I'm on this Friday, in one of the semi-finals, and my specialised subject is.....Jethro Tull. BBC2, 19th February 2016, 8pm. I gave it my best shot. See how many you can answer!
Feb 14, 2016 16:07:46 GMT -5
TM: Very cool. Good luck!
Feb 16, 2016 15:54:45 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: Damn missed it as ive only just joined the forum
Mar 27, 2016 5:52:51 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: anywhere to see it again ? or maybe a list of the questions we can have a go at ?
Mar 27, 2016 5:53:15 GMT -5
teddy: Seems like everyone trying to figure out " Eat Hermione for lunch" just don't get it. A Popular vegetarian line of food is advertised by a woman named Hermione. You can see the advertisement on line. Thus it is not oral sex with a office girl. Munch.
Dec 16, 2016 20:39:34 GMT -5
lclark354: Hello everyone. I recently finished a room addition, and can finally set up surround sound. I've purchased all the Tull sets, except, of course,TAAB. Is there a site where one can purchase & download the 5.1 files? Or, any word on a re-issue?
Jan 17, 2017 1:15:01 GMT -5
Mystery To Me: Going to Red Rocks show with 2 friends. Anyone from the board going to this concert? Would like to meet anyone or everyone. Later
May 18, 2017 16:55:45 GMT -5
Nonfatman: My days of traveling long distances to see "Tull" are over. I just don't have the time anymore. Hope you enjoy it!
May 23, 2017 14:16:12 GMT -5
madjack1959: Hello to everyone from Lexington, Kentucky. Part of what led me here, was mention of Gentle Giant. I've listened to Tull for ages, and then was introduced to GG via Octopus I saw in the record store, and that was my start. I've never seen either "live" :
Jul 19, 2017 19:19:55 GMT -5