Yesterday I went to my first New York City movie theater to see Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck (click here for a short review). In case you are unaware, NYC is expensive (I know, I know, shocking) and movie tickets are no exception. A matinee ticket was $14.25. That was a bit more than I wanted to pay, but I usually prepare myself for high prices anytime I go to the movies. My friend chose a movie theater near Union Square because Trainwreck was only in select theaters. Is that a New York thing? Maybe I’m just spoiled by having only 3 movie theaters where I live and being able to see the major films at any of them.
We planned on going to the 3:30 showing, but of course we were running late and got there around 3:20. My friend Noah was already there, and held a spot in line for us. When we got to the window, we were told that the 3:30 was sold out, but tickets were available for a 4:30 showing…and there was a line to get into the theater once tickets were purchased. So, we bought our $15 tickets and walked to the side of the theater to stand in the sun and wait to be let into the theater. Luckily, there were only a few people ahead of us in line so we were able to get seats fairly quickly once we were inside.
The 4:30 showing ended up also selling out. I’m curious to see what Trainwreck makes at the box office this weekend. I am not sure if the movie sold out because there were that many people who wanted to see it or because it wasn’t playing in every theater. Whatever the reason, the theater was packed. Side note: there was a woman there with her Chihuahua. In the theater. Why? Only in New York, I guess.
The movie takes place in New York City, and it was really strange watching it IN New York City. Most of the time when I watch a movie that takes place in NYC, I think, “wow. I want to live there.” Yesterday was the first time I watched a movie and thought, “wow. I live there.” It’s still surreal. Sometimes I forget that I live here. I went to a bar in Soho recently and could see Freedom Tower from my seat. I guess the excitement will wear off eventually, but I kind of hope it never does.