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TMT: In Space No One Can See The Popcorn Fly

This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. It’s becoming a habit, or synchronicity… whatever, for these records to unexpectedly skip up the chain. [spouse: “you mean there’s a plan?“] I say this because I read a blogger friend’s excellent and personal film retrospective. Thus, we have today’s post. So, a thank you and shout-out goes to christian and his Retro-View post of a genre-classic for inspiring just that.


Theatre

The AVCO Centre Cinemas:

Movie

Time

May 27, 1979: I’m going to dig myself a hole, for sure, if I reference who accompanied moi for this recollection. So, I won’t mention the girlfriend person I took to see Ridley Scott’s Alien. Unlike others in this series, AVCO Centre Cinemas complex was not some unique or beautiful (let alone iconic) edifice, either (though it does have a haunted history).

Even so, it was in a part of town, Westwood Village near U.C.L.A’s campus, that fast became the place on the westside of L.A. to take a movie date to back then. Many a date would be spent in this district. Before or after she-whose-name-who-must-not-be mentioned. For all that, the truly indelible part of this memory was the film itself.

Alien was massive hit day one upon its May 25th release. No question. That the film had audiences jumping out of their seats and screaming at the screen was part of the appeal. It drew me. We went to Sunday’s sold out late show (the one right before the sold out midnight screening) on the cusp of Memorial Day.

Surely, I’m not the only one to recall when this motion picture made an impact on my movie-going psyche. Without question, those impressions commenced when this notorious scene arrived… and the amounts of popcorn that flew unexpectedly from their containers that night, from the stunned and startled patrons, is now the stuff of legend.


The entire series can be found here. If you’re interested how it’s put together, click here.

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17 Responses to “TMT: In Space No One Can See The Popcorn Fly”

    • le0pard13

      Excellent point, Naomi! I think the fact that the scene started off in a meal setting added to the discomfort level. Thank you.

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  1. Herb

    Wifey is a thrower. One night the gotcha moment came and she was holding some red wine and it went everywhere. Now when I anticipate the event I reach over confiscate the glass until the moment is over. LOL.

    Thanks for the mem.

    PS can you believe I’ve never seen the

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  2. Herb

    Wifey is a thrower. One night the gotcha moment came and she was holding some red wine and it went everywhere. Now when I anticipate the event I reach over confiscate the glass until the moment is over. LOL.

    Thanks for the mem.

    PS can you believe I’ve never seen the Alien series, I’m such a chicken and it really is hard to get that red wine out of the cream carpet.

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    • le0pard13

      DUCK! That’s funny, Herb. Haven’t seen this?!? The first two in the series are classics. The second pair are diminishing returns, but each have their supporters. Thanks so much, my friend.

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  3. TMT: Returning to the Scene | It Rains... You Get Wet

    […] Funny how things work out, and how you return to them. I have a penchant for the latter. Just three days before this, the film Die Hard premiered at the AVCO Centre Cinemas in Westwood Village. The same place on the outskirts of UCLA I had taken she-whose-name-must-not-be-mentioned to years before on a memorable, popcorn flying movie date. […]

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