TRON Preview Screening Marred By Line-Jumpers, Mean Staff

Tavie shares her first-person experience of waiting for hours in 20 degree weather to see the new TRON screening, and her run-ins with the professional line-jumpers and surly event staff.

On her blog she recounts how three people saved spots at the front of the line for twenty-four other people who popped up 30 minutes before showtime. Never mind that she and her friend had been waiting there for several hours in mercury-curdling temps. The event staff was not much help either, being more concerned with threatening anyone holding a cellphone and pimping Norelco razors.

The line jumpers and their confederates were pretty ballsy and resisted when the crowd ganged up on them and tried to get them to get in the back of the line. It seems you would have had to gotten physical in order to stop them.

You would think Disney would treat its fans better. At least the movie was good, though.

A few more words about last night’s free preview screening of Tron: Legacy at the AMC 42nd Street in Times Square. [tavie]

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  1. miggles says:

    Waaah.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      So, why are you here again?

    • KingPsyz says:

      Seriously, I am embarassed you guys ran this story… grow up

      • AstroPig7 says:

        Wait, wait. You’re telling Consumerist to grow up for running a story that complains about immature, self-centred people who need to grow up themselves?

        • KingPsyz says:

          for this part right here:
          “You would think Disney would treat its fans better. At least the movie was good, though.”

          Not Disney’s fault, not even AMC corporate’s fault. The AMC’s manager should have never let it happen, and this person should have taken their complaint to them, not to the people who don’t work for AMC handing out schwag…

          Just doesn’t ring as a national story but a local story of d-bags that wasn’t brought to the attention of the correct parties.

          Hell that means they should have run my story about Dell ripping me off for $25 on an external drive that I followed through on correctly to the right people.

          Or about how people went from the back of the black friday line at TRU last year in Henderson, NV when they opened the doors… Local issue.

          • MMD says:

            But don’t you see the relationship between this story and the Black Friday story you mention? Not to mention any number of other stories about bad crowd control?

            Don’t you think it’s at least possible that bringing attention to the larger issue of bad crowd control might inspire companies to plan for good crowd control?

            • KingPsyz says:

              Yes, don’t blame a seperate, but large entity either…

              That’s like blaming GMC because some old guy ran through a Farmer’s Market in one of their trucks…

          • AstroPig7 says:

            Okay, so your problem is with their added commentary. Point taken.

    • dolemite says:

      So…if 30 people jumped in front of you after you had waited in line for hours, you’d be like “Wtg guys! You rock!”

    • MMD says:

      Thanks for your insight.

      Hey guys! Remember when Consumerist used to “audition” people for the right to comment?

      • bamboozle says:

        I do. Actually, I must still be getting ‘auditioned’, since none of my posts show up. Based on the high caliber of most posts on here, not sure I need to participate……

        • bamboozle says:

          Oh my! Never mind.

        • faislebonchoix says:

          I do too. Glad that’s over. I was never witty enough to have any comments approved.

        • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

          You might not be seeing your posts because they do not immediately show up when you hit submit and the page reloads. You have to actually refresh to see new comments, or change your browser settings so that it *always* looks for a new version of a page rather than rely on a recent cache.

          While I like not having to go through the audition system–I was just starting to try to comment when Consumerist split away from the Gawker cluster–the system does have its merits in situations where spamming and asshattery are common.

  2. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Was Evil Wil Weaton there? I bet he was.

  3. eccsame says:

    Did she try yelling “no cuts” and “no backsies”?

  4. catskyfire says:

    How does this involve Disney? It was an AMC theater…

    • Thassodar says:

      TRON is a Disney movie. Their (AMC’s) handling of the screener in a way reflects badly on Disney.

      • catskyfire says:

        It may reflect badly…but the line is “You would think Disney would treat its fans better.” It’s not like Disney hired line jumpers…

        • Anathema777 says:

          In the post, she mentioned that Disney had hired the security guards. Since this was a screening, I suppose that’s possible.

          • Skellbasher says:

            Highly unlikely that Disney hired security.

            The OP decided that the guard was from Disney because he was checking for cameras, and had a TRON hat on. There is no reason to think that this person was hired by Disney at all.

            • TheRealTavie says:

              Except that he said he was.

              • KingPsyz says:

                if your the OP you should know if he’s there “from Disney” his sole job is watching for recordings, cell phones, etc. NOTHING ELSE. He’s not the AMC manager and has no power outside of electronic device watch.

                Same deal at the Serenity screener I went to, the Universal people could do nothing about anything outside of taking your cell phone for two hours.

                • TheRealTavie says:

                  Why should I know that?

                  • minjche says:

                    Because KingPsyz knows everything about every screening ever, especially the ones he hasn’t been to, and even ones for a completely different movie franchise and production company. In fact, by merely reading the title of the article KingPsyz knew more about the subject than you.

                    You must be new to these here internets.

    • LoadStar says:

      I understand that screenings are run almost completely by the movie distributor or a publicity/events firm they retain, and have limited involvement from the theater operator. Essentially, the distributor rents the room, and contracts with the theater to sell tickets and usher for them. The room is the distributor’s for the night, and they set policy. Any of the people working in the room not an usher work for the distributor.

  5. PaRa02 says:

    Amazingly The movie started at the same time for everyone.

  6. The cake is a lie! says:

    If you were close enough to the front of the line to count how many people cut, then it really didn’t affect you, did it?

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      And yet the fourth person in line was magically pushed to be number 28 in line, making the entire idea behind getting there first a wasted exercise. She got there early; none of the line cutters deserved to be there ahead of her. The point of getting to the theater early is to get the seat you want – 24 others neglected to get there early, and they get to go in before you do? Hardly seems fair.

      • danmac says:

        Completely agree with you.

      • The cake is a lie! says:

        That’s life. Generally unfair, but you deal with it.

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          So because crap like this happens on a daily basis, you wouldn’t do anything about it? I agree that life is unfair and this stuff happens, but there’s no reason why you should just accept it. There’s no need to let yourself get walked on – defend fairness. After all, it’s not just that person who was slighted, it was everyone else behind her.

          • KingPsyz says:

            No, you take it up with AMC, not beef on Disney

            • AstroPig7 says:

              What does that have to do with running the story at all, which you also complained about?

              • KingPsyz says:

                check the quote:
                “You would think Disney would treat its fans better. At least the movie was good, though.”

                You tell me sport?

                • danmac says:

                  That’s a quote from the article…you’re responding to pecan pi, who didn’t mention Disney. If you’ve got a bug up your butt about how the article was written or whether it should even have been posted, that’s fine. However…

                  1. It doesn’t give you an excuse to spam the same “blame AMC, not Disney” response at people who aren’t even talking about Disney in the first place.

                  2. Now that you mention it, the OP (TheRealTavie) has responded in the comments below and affirmed that the security did seem to be working on Disney’s behalf.

            • danmac says:

              Are you serious? What the hell does your response have to do with anything? Did pecan mention Disney at all? No. Never once.

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          You cut in line, so I shot you.

          That’s life. Generally unfair, but you deal with it.

          Yeah, this line of reasoning doesn’t quickly become unhinged at all…

          • danmac says:

            I liked your dog so I stole it and replaced its tags. You know that life is unfair, though, so you deal with it.

          • GearheadGeek says:

            It’s the Heinlein solution to line-jumpers. Drastic, but I’m sure it would cut WAY down on the practice.

            • JennQPublic says:

              OMG, you went there with the Heinlein reference? “An armed society is a polite society.”

              I

              • GearheadGeek says:

                Well, that’s a general quote that’s applicable. However, there’s a specific reference about line-jumping. I think it was in “The Cat Who Walks Through Walls” but it might have been “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” where the people in the line formed a jury, convicted the line-jumper of being an asshole and punished him. It was an aside, to illustrate the sort of society that had developed on the moon.

        • SilentAgenger says:

          No, life is unfair when it comes to things you can’t control (earthquakes, for example). Line cutters can be controlled. Make them move to the back of the line and tell them to get there earlier next time if they want a good spot in line. Saying “life’s not fair, get over it” does not give you a license to do whatever you want no matter how rude it may be to others.

        • YouDidWhatNow? says:

          That’s not “life” – that’s pathetic behavior on the part of about 30 individuals, who are all pieces of shit.

    • Azzizzi says:

      Maybe not, but it still sucks to see the front of the line grow by two dozen people when you’ve been standing there for hours. This couldn’t happen to me. I’m not standing in a line that long, especially in the cold.

    • El_Fez says:

      No, that’s not how that works. You want a good place in line, you get your ass there X hours early and stand there. Period, end of story.

      If 30 people wound up cutting me after I had , things would have turned ugly REAL fast. (or at the very least, I would have cut ahead of them right back).

    • minjche says:

      Based on the summary, it sounds like it did affect enough folks in the crowd for them to speak out against it (and, in the case of this blogger, to blog about it) and try to stop it.

    • obits3 says:

      First one person came
      and I didn’t speak up because it was only one person.
      Second 5 more people came and I was like wtf?!?
      But I didn’t say anything.
      Then 24 more people came…
      And I called some friends from the NRA.
      And then the police came for me.

  7. shufflemoomin says:

    They’re just jealous they didn’t think of paying someone to hold their place in line.

  8. danmac says:

    It’s interesting how many people here think the blogger was a whining crybaby. As someone who is neurotic about propriety (I don’t line jump, even if I know people ahead of me in a line), this kind of thing would really irk the shit out of me. In fact, I generally don’t go to movies anymore because there is inevitably someone in the theatre in front of me texting. Or someone with a crying child who can’t be bothered to go into the lobby. Or someone who never learned how to whisper. These things drive me up the wall and really leave me in no mood to watch the movie I paid for.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      This bothers me a lot too. I’ve stood in many, many lines for movies and I’ve never had a problem like this so I hope that my fellow geeks will be polite and not allow dozens of line jumpers when we’re all going to see Tron. I’m okay with friends saving one or two spots for friends who come minutes later, or who are parking the car. But allowing dozens of people to hop the line is insane.

    • Hooray4Zoidberg says:

      I’m finding myself agreeing with your comments in almost every post. Once again I agree totally. For this exact reason I pretty much gave up going to the movies years ago. I made one exception last year to take my girlfriend to the latest Harry Potter movie because she’s a huge dork.

      I was quickly reminded why I stopped going by the 5 different people lighting up the theater texting and checking facebook. And the annoying people in the back few rows talking, dropping cans and rustling a shopping bag throughout the whole movie. I end up spending the whole movie wanting to punch someone in face and not enjoying the movie at all so I just stopped going.

      • txhoudini says:

        You have a Zoidberg username and avatar and your girlfriend is the big dork?

        Seriously, movie theaters are horrible places. I think people feel because they spent so much money on tickets, popcorn, etc for an hour and a half of entertainment they can do whatever the hell they want.

    • Brunette Bookworm says:

      I’ve actually said things to people who line-jump because it irritates me. It’s rude. I’m waiting here, just because you know someone ahead of me doesn’t mean you get to magically jump in front of all the people who were here longer. Most of the time it’s been middle-aged women who line jump.

    • HighontheHill says:

      I’m not wired to stand for this occurring, it’s a deeply antisocial, entitled behavior and one of us would have had to have been removed. This is ultimately AMC’s fault who should have been policing the line more effectively (this type of behavior creates a real potential for violence) sad that this is necessary but the world is full of real assholes.

  9. kaplanfx says:

    We need some kind of agreed upon social contract for this sort of thing. I believe saving places is ok, but not in a 1:8 ratio. It should be something more like 4:1. I would understand if 4 people were waiting and 1 friend couldn’t quite make it on time but they wanted to sit together.

    • JohnDeere says:

      no, its only ok if the person who lets someone cut leaves the line entirely. the way they do it in congress.

    • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

      You’re right we need a social contract on this sort of thing: if five of you want to sit together at a pre-screening, then all five of you get in line together. Period. What makes any of you believe you’re so important that you get to jump the queue? If I were the one behind the line jumper, trust me, there would be an incident.

  10. rpm773 says:

    Hmmm. I was beginning to worry I was missing something by not attending a movie since 2006.

    Do they really push stuff like Norelco razors to those in line? Pffft.

    • megafly says:

      Its a SCREENING. at free showings of movies, you sometimes have to put up with a word from your sponsors.

  11. SpamFighterLoy says:

    In Buffalo, we use SNOWBALLS for people like that.

    • lincolnparadox says:

      In Niagara Falls we use baseball bats…

      • RvLeshrac says:

        Yeah, I’m a fan of the baseball bat approach here. Or just grabbing them and beating their heads against the sidewalk. If they’re willing to cut in line that dramatically, no one will miss them anyway.

    • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

      I thought in Buffalo, you can just stick their heads into the many piles of snow that the plows created in the parking lot, ensuring they can’t get their heads out of them. Alas, in Toronto, we don’t get that luxury. We can only plow our SUVs into the path of said line-jumper. Usually you get away with it.

  12. Sunflower1970 says:

    Wristbands. The last few previews I’ve been to those of us in line were given wristbands after they verified we had a pass. Once the wristbands were gone, no one else could get in to the preview. I think you could ask for one extra wristband, but no more than that.

    That would help curb some of the problem the OP ran in to. Not all, but some.

    But seriously, is it all that important to see the movie first?

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Well, yes, because she paid to go to the screening, got there early, and had her position in line usurped by line jumpers.

      The fact that it was a movie didn’t matter – what if it had been a concert? Or a restaurant? If you had reservations for 7 pm, got there promptly, with all of the members of your dinner party, and the host allowed the people who made 8 pm reservations to be seated ahead of you, wouldn’t you be upset?

    • minjche says:

      But seriously, is it all that important to see the movie first?

      It was important to these folks who chose to wait in line to see it first. Different strokes.

  13. oldwiz65 says:

    Great example of why people don’t like to go to movie theaters any more.

    • amuro98 says:

      A-men to that.

      I can wait the 2 or 3 months for this movie to hit Netflix, Redbox (if I’m desperate) or even my local library.

  14. TheGreySpectre says:

    I can see why he is upset. When I go to movies early it is generally because I want good seats in the center of the theatre, I would be kind of upset if 30 people showed up and took all the good seats just beacuse one or two people were waiting in line.

    • KingPsyz says:

      And that’s something to take up with the manager of that AMC, not whine about Disney or even corporate AMC not stepping up to “treat it’s fans better”

      Which makes me wonder, did they pay for this preview? Usually things with promo types are free events. So if in fact this was free, I’d say they treated their fans pretty damn well.

  15. rekoil says:

    A couple things:

    The blogger herself wasn’t affected, but it’s very possible that people further back in line did not get in despite arriving before the line jumpers.

    In a different context, I was once held up in an airport screening area because someone convinced a TSA agent to allow a 30-person tour group through ahead of me. I literally had to *sprint* to get to my gate thanks to this.

    • MrEvil says:

      I would be rather livid about that situation. I understand tour groups needing to stick together and all that because often members of that group don’t have their individual tickets. However, in that instance the TSA needs to grab a couple extra staffers and dedicate one X-ray and Metal Detector for that group (without disrupting the normal line), or make them go to the back of the goddamn line like everybody else.

  16. joshuapramis says:

    just by reading her blog post (“Excuse me, who are you with?” I asked them. “Because my brother has been waiting here for 3 hours and there are a lot of really cold people behind you.”), says to me that her brother waited in line for 3 hours, but she just stepped in and joined him some time after. (hence her previously defending the right to hold spots for a couple people.) so i guess it’s okay for her to do it, but not other people.

    also, the roped off area was for press, their guests, and public relations folks, which is normal at any event like this.

    oh, and the theater wasn’t full. there were plenty of seats left; no one was turned away.

  17. Darrone says:

    anyone notice SHE CUT THE LINE HERSELF. She says it right in the article.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      Yeah, because one person cutting is totally equivalent to 24 people cutting.

      • kenbennedy says:

        I really don’t think the author has a leg to stand on though. 1 person cutting quickly becomes 24 for those people behind the author in line, when everyone behind her also lets people cut in line.

        • TheRealTavie says:

          I was very up front about that in my post – I said, “I have no problem with saving a space for 1 or 2 people.”

          The issue is that 2 dozen showed up and attached themselves – speciously – to one guy that they recognized from other free screenings around the area.

          • Darrone says:

            This is still complete bunk. You have drawn up a set of rules for cutting in lines that conveniently says its ok for you to cut in line, but it was not ok for THOSE people to cut in line. Quit being a whiner and act like an adult.

        • AstroPig7 says:

          That’s a very unlikely scenario, but I would accept it as an unfortunate consequence. Not allowing anyone to cut would be more problematic, especially in places where parking is scarce and someone needs to stay behind to find a spot for the group’s vehicle. It’s a slippery slope that could, but almost never will, occur.

          • Skellbasher says:

            Cutting is cutting.

            You can’t cut a line, then complain because a group of people then cut you.

            • pecan 3.14159265 says:

              It’s an unwritten rule of society that at events like this, a few people will inevitably be holding the space for a few others. Overall, it doesn’t affect the line all too much. But a few people letting in 24 individuals certainly affects a line to the point that it becomes unacceptable.

              I’m not going to tell the guy in front of me he can’t let his wife join him in line because she had to go park the car. I will be tell the guy in front of me to go to the back of the line if he wants to let in his party of 8 friends. It’s about modifying the line by an unreasonable amount.

              • RandomHookup says:

                Especially true if the screening pass are for 2 people.

                • TheRealTavie says:

                  Yes, it was my brother’s ticket and he invited me to go with him as his guest. I left work as soon as I could and joined him. When I arrived the line was still quite short.

            • AstroPig7 says:

              Oh, so you mean I can’t exceed the speed limit by 2 MPH and then complain about people exceeding it by 30 MPH? Because by your logic, acting in a moral or social grey area precludes complaining about people who blatantly act in the black.

              • Skellbasher says:

                Come on. You’re seriously defending this?

                OP cuts in line, nobody says anything because it’s just her and her brother. Other people cut in line, and all of a sudden a travesty has occurred, and she is treated poorly!!

                It’s nonsense. This is like stealing a candy bar from a store, then whining because someone else stole more candy than you did. It’s a joke.

                • AstroPig7 says:

                  This isn’t about two equivalent incidents, it’s about one person cutting in line versus 24 people cutting in line. As Pecan noted, there is an unwritten social convention that allows for someone to hold a spot in line. Without this convention, grabbing a spot while someone parks the car would be impossible, which has been brought up twice now. As for your analogy, it fails because both acts are in the moral black area. A better analogy would be exceeding your allotted lunch break by a couple of minutes twice a year and then complaining about your coworker who takes four-hour lunches every week.

                  • Skellbasher says:

                    This unwritten social convention is one person’s opinion. It’s not some hard and fast rule.

                    I’ve seen people kicked out of lines for cutting countless times. Not a group cutting, one person holding a line for others. Sometimes it’s accepted, sometimes it’s not.

                    • AstroPig7 says:

                      That’s not what opinion means, but whatever. Context is always important, which is why I referred to cutting as a moral grey area.

                • delphi_ote says:

                  You’re making a logical fallacy, Skellbasher.

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuum_fallacy

                  Knock it off.

  18. HeyThereKiller says:

    A 3D IMAX movie in NYC costs $20 a ticket, so regardless of the stupid hurdles you have to go through to get into a free screening, it’s worth the money.

    That being said, I certainly enjoyed being the +1 of an actual press person at the press preview and getting to sit in the good seats and not wait on line with all the other plebs.

    • RvLeshrac says:

      The press should never, *NEVER*, be allowed free access to movie screenings. In this, I am 100% agreed with Kevin Smith.

      They can wait in line and pay for a ticket like everyone else. Maybe paying $10-$20 for a screening will cause them to provide a decent review.

  19. Skellbasher says:

    “You would think Disney would treat its fans better.”

    And what does Disney have to do with the inability if the AMC in NYC to provide adequate crowd control?

    • TheRealTavie says:

      Disney hired the security guard to intimidate and threaten people with cellphones (i.e., everyone.)

      I don’t know if it was AMC or Norelco who were inhumane enough to continually lie to the people freezing to death and allowing line-jumpers to congregate at the head of the line – the point wasn’t to be first just to be first. Seats are limited at a free screening, as are the freebies they hand out. The freebies don’t matter to me, but they matter very much to my brother, who waited there since 3:30 to make sure he had a good spot in line.

      • Skellbasher says:

        I highly doubt that the security guard was hired by the production company. That’s just absurd.

        AMC is responsible for security at an AMC theater. Period. Just because the guy had a TRON hat on doesn’t instantly make him employed by Disney.

        • TheRealTavie says:

          My brother was at a preview screening earlier in the week and saw the same security guy in the hat who introduced himself as “Disney security”, which is what we based that identification on.

          This guy is at all the Tron previews – he works for Disney.

          • Skellbasher says:

            Maybe you felt slighted by Disney trying to prevent cameras of any kind into the theater, but that’s very common at previews and screenings so their movies don’t end up on the internet before they’re released.

            It still doesn’t make Disney responsible for the crowd control or line cutting problems.

            • TheRealTavie says:

              It wasn’t so much the fact that they confiscated cell phones – I’ve seen that before – but the general way he spoke to and treated the fans lined up in the freezing cold. He was barking and threatening right off the bat. It was rude.

              • Skellbasher says:

                So someone in NYC was mean and rude to you, and that compelled you to submit your story to a consumer issues site?

                Color me surprised.

                • TheRealTavie says:

                  Yes, Skellbesher, it did. I’m a third-generation New Yorker and virtually all the New Yorkers I know or have ever met are polite and courteous. It’s a widely-accepted fallacy that New Yorkers are rude people. We are some of the friendliest people in the world. Generally. YMMV.

        • Bye says:

          The production arm of the company? No. The distribution arm of the company? It’s very possible. This is common practice for sneaks where they don’t want people capturing images.

  20. He says:

    That’s how every screening is now. Deal with it or just wait until the movie comes out. Screenings just aren’t a fun viewing experience anymore.

  21. benbell says:

    Saw this comment on the comments section of the OP:

    “Found this on a shady/tarnished website (consumerist.com) at a glance, but decided to click the link any ways.

    Despite the kiddies running that website, this looks like a great blog.

    The babies doing the line jumping and the children running/”managing” the show really should sit in the slammer for a long time. There is no excuse for such behavior.”

    • MMD says:

      You are far more likely to get disemvowelled for reposting that than are the racists and misogynists who post here.

    • Cicadymn says:

      Wait wait wait wait wait…

      So the person called consumerist a shady website,(it must be because it’s suspiciously close to the word communist) and then said that the line cutters and AMC staff should jailed?

      It’s hard to believe that there are people THAT stupid that exist in this world.

      • benbell says:

        Not only that, but the reason consumerist is shady according to them is because they got banned before consumerist was part of Gawker and then again when consumerist was part of Gawker (according to them).

        Since Consumerist has been run by the Consumers Union effective 1/1/09, this person has stuck around for almost 2 years and reads this ‘Shady’ site.

      • axhandler1 says:

        Read the comments to any article on yahoo.com. I mean, good lord, it really is frightening to realize how many stupid, stupid people there are out there.

  22. memphis9 says:

    Funny to me that people are astonished about the theater staff “pushing Norelco razors”. In TN and KY, our family has had movie theater “experiences” that included people in themepark-like animal costumes trying to get the kiddie’s attention to sell stuff, and chuckie cheese-like businesses giving pre-movie presentations where they appeal – again to the kids – to get up and sing the establishment’s goofy theme song. At least Hulu doesn’t try to cajole or shame me into singing along with the ads. (Yes, bah humbug.)

    Between that and $10 for popcorn and soda that is evidently required for a lot of theaters to break even, I do feel bad for the movie house industry these days…but not too bad. They are killing the golden goose in so many little ways — bunches of ads before the movies, chasing people out to clean up before the end credits are done — very little is being done to actually preserve that sense of *magic* that got folks into the movies even during the Great Depression.

    Maybe we need to require 18 year olds to pass a “responsible adult/social behavior” exam before they can go to movies without a parent or guardian.

  23. dolemite says:

    Man…if I were there, there would have been 24 ass whippin’s handed out, with extreme prejudice!

    Actually, I would have complained to my wife the entire time and picked the weakest of the group and given him an extreme scowling from afar.

  24. CPC says:

    Free screening? What did she expect? Sounds like she got what she paid for. If she’s such a big fan, why didn’t she PAY for the movie she cares so much about?

    • TheRealTavie says:

      Can you read my post, please, before asking questions that are answered in it?

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      If you had RTFA you would realize that it was a free EARLY screening. She couldn’t have PAID to see the movie because it was being shown before it was released in theaters.

  25. eccsame says:

    Since no one at the theater cared, Tavie and her friend should have cut in front of “Anton” and his 24 friends. Not like they could’ve complained about it.

  26. VOIDMunashii says:

    This is always a problem at these kinds of screenings. The studio reps where I am usually try to keep it in check, but there is not much they can really do.

    I actually got into it with some line-jumpers at the last screening I went to, and eventually shamed them into going to the back of the line. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  27. Talisker says:

    Huh, that’s funny. I thought that this was the same movie that is going to be playing on thousands of screens over the next month. I didn’t realize that it was a scarce commodity that only a select few will be able to see.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      Oh, so I can misbehave at any early showing or preview event because the people I’m inconveniencing can just wait until general release to see it? It’s great to know that I now have an excuse to be a selfish prick.

  28. Steeb2er says:

    Disney didn’t hire security; either the theater or the promo company (a 3rd party company hired by Disney to market the movie) did.

    Sadly, there are “professional” screener attendees who go see any and all screenings they can. I’ve been to several, as I used to work in promo for a radio station, and always bumped into the same 5-10 people. They had kinship with each other, so savings spots in line doesn’t surprise me. Security (not Disney, not AMC) is to blame.

  29. NotEd says:

    I used to go to sneak preview screenings all the time and this is fairly common. Blame the theater for not having proper crowd control.
    It’s annoying, but the movie was free, so I guess you either suck it up or politely take it up with either the line-jumper or the event organizer yourself.

  30. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I’ll be happy to turn off my cell phone when I go into the theater, but if they try to take it from me I’ll turn around and walk right the hell out and go somewhere else. How do I know I’m going to get it back?

    • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

      Methinks they’re not worrying about the phone part of that cellphone. They’re probably worried more about the camera in that cellphone. Most of them shoot pretty good HD video these days, and do you think they’ll believe you when you say “I’ll keep it off, I promise!” during a prescreening? Hence the bully security guard wanting them all.

    • KingPsyz says:

      then you don’t get to attend their free party…

  31. MarvinMar says:

    Notice how the blogger also seems to have Line Jumped?
    I guess it is ok for her, but nobody else.
    I don’t think the person in the back of the line cares if 1 person is holding a spot for 24 others, or if 12 people are holding 2 spots each…..They still have a bunch of people cutting in line.

    “As it was, I joined Andrew in line and found myself 4th. There were 3 more devoted people ahead of Andrew, and many more behind him.”

  32. DanRydell says:

    “You would think Disney would treat its fans better” lolwut?

  33. BigBoat2 says:

    Mercury-curdling? Swing and a miss.

  34. BBP says:

    I would have drawn out the ol’ disk and derezzed every last one of those line jumpers…

    END OF LINE (JUMPERS)

  35. dvdchris says:

    Clearly 911 should have been called.

  36. outlulz says:

    This is this person’s personal blog so they’re allowed to gripe about whatever they want on it to let off steam. You can’t really call her whiny.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      I don’t think she is being whiny, but you can certainly label someone as such for a post on their blog. Most adjectives don’t stop applying just because of the venue.

  37. ConsumerDollars says:

    It was a FREE preview, you paid no money! Why would AMC help you out? I’m sure at the 12:01 IMAX showing I’m going to tonight at an AMC they will be very helpful as I paid for 3D IMAX which is like first class to them. If I experienced what you did and paid, I’d be upset, but it was free, since you did get in, what are you complaining about? FREE is FREE

    • JJ! says:

      Just because something is free doesn’t give people an excuse to be rude or mean that you should accept anything that happens.

  38. Clyde Barrow says:

    Hey Tavie, there are plenty of a**holes in the world so learn to let it go cuz otherwise it’ll only eat you up.

    I’ll wait for the movie to come to Netflix.

  39. Destra says:

    A lot of people who participated in the ARG were upset that they didn’t get preferential seating to the masses. Seemed unfair.

  40. jerrycomo says:

    74% of people don’t complain if there are linecutters, according to a survey.

    I remember cutting a long line straight to the front, nobody said anything!