questionshave you ever been to a movie advance screening?

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Where I live in LA, there are always guys outside the main theaters (Arc Light Hollywood, Santa Monica promenade) giving away tickets to horrible pre-screenings. I used to go when I was a poor ex-film student having first moved out here. Otherwise, in my experience it's not worth it since they inevitably do some focus group stuff at the beginning or the end which is kind of annoying. If it's a film you really want to see maybe it would be worth it, but I hardly ever see anything beyond romcoms or bad comedies. You were lucky to get to see something unique like a horror comedy.

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The closest I ever got was watching movies the night before release, when I worked at a movie theater.

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@inkycatz: Very jealous. My wife and I are big Joss Whedon fans, and it would have been great to see Amy Acker.

I actually got to attend a screening of Serenity, and got to meet Simon and Inara...I mean Sean Maher and Morena Baccarin. It was excellent, and a great group of people to see the movie with. When Wash died, there was a huge gasp, then total silence.

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I've been to a number of free pre-screenings, but certainly without the actors or director there! I've seen, among others: Moneyball, Win Win, Friends with Benefits, Napoleon Dynamite... Most were independent films that they were trying to create a buzz about in advance of the movie's release date.

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I use to go, now I just don't care.
Unless I get to see Dark Knight early. Then I'll be all over it.

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Way back when, I went to visit my sister in LA and we got to go to the premier of Judge Dread. They kept the regulars far away from the celebs, but it was cool to watch the movie with those who starred in it.

More recently, I got to go the the advance screening of Zombieland, which was awesome. Prior to the show they had some older gentelman who possibly had mafia ties tell us all that if they saw phones or recoeding equipment out, not only would they take and break it right there, you'd be removed and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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When I was in college they used to pre-screen movies all the time.

The best was seeing The Matrix a week or so before it came out. We had no idea what it was about, and it is now still one of my favorite movies of all time. Even scored a poster for it after the show.

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Yes, My wife's best friend is a manager of a major movie theatre chain so I don't think i've even paid to see a movie in years.

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@okham: I went to one of the Serenity pre-screenings too. Unfortunately we didn't get any special guests, as the one I went to was in the third set. But it was still really cool to get to see the movie with a theater full of rabid Browncoats.

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No, I don't live anywhere close to a theater that does advance screenings.

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The original ET. Still have the souvenir pin they gave us.

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Got picked to see in advance screening of 'Napoleon Dynamite' down here in Florida. I remember the movie getting mixed reviews from people in the theater(some laughs and boos). Some movie staffers were asking if I liked it when i left and i scored a free "gimme your tots" shirt...wish i would have saved it as the movie ended up becoming pretty successful...GOSH!

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A few times. Go here to go to them on a fairly regular basis: http://www.gofobo.com

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A few times. And one really stands out for me: I went to a pre-screening of HBO's "Grey Gardens," which was in a downtown DC movie theater maybe 10 days before HBO first showed it. I loved it & actually promoted it like crazy among my friends; I think they knew what they were doing by prescreening this in theaters. Incredible acting, thrilling really.

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A couple times, not often. I went to see Hancock a week or so before release. The annoying thing, they didn't allow any cell phones into the theater, you either had to check it at the door or take it back to your car. Didn't want any recording devices in there, I guess. They also had guys standing along the sides watching the crowd with some sort of infrared camera - not sure if they were recording the crowd's reaction to the scenes of the movie, or just making sure no one had snuck in any electronic devices. But the tickets were free, so it was worth the hassle.

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I saw NBC's "Community" at my college a month before its release. I saw "The Reader"(2008) about 2 months before its release at the local Ritz Cinema. And lastly, I saw "Narnia" 2 days early. It's always fun seeing movies before everyone else gets a chance to ruin them for you.