Star Wars: Episode 1
Yes, I know it’s a shit movie. And that many were disappointed. But I had a great time, and didn’t think the movie was THAT bad (for a few reasons). Also, it was the first Star Wars movie in many years, so it was kind of a big deal.
It was May 1999, I was about to graduate high school in a couple weeks or so. My friend (HUGE Star Wars fan) and I immediately left school at 3:10, and went to the theater nearest his house to get a ticket and wait in line for the midnight showing. They wouldn’t let us because it was way early. So we went to Taco Bell to eat, gathered a few more friends, and then went back to hang out. We got our tickets a few hours later.
We started seeing people trickle in around 8. Some were dressed up. It really got going around 9:30/10. Our friend that worked at the theater hooked us up with some snacks and drinks. We were at the front of the line sitting on the floor in the middle of the theater. TV crews came in and started moving people that were dressed up to the front of the line to make the story “more interesting”, which pissed us off.
Finally, we get to move to the theater and sit. People have their lightsabers out and no one really cared even after the movie started. A guy came up front to do Star Wars Trivia and hand out prizes. He was a bigger guy, and someone yelled out “show us your tits!” and everyone laughed. Later a woman came out to say there was a slight delay, but we were about to start the movie. Someone yelled out “show us your tits!” and everyone booed the guy.
After the movie started, anytime characters from previous movies showed up, the entire crowd cheered.
It was pretty awesome.