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Pizza
07-24-12, 08:50 PM
It could be a double/triple feature you caught in the theater or several movies you saw in the same day. Maybe it was a special grouping of shorts or combination of film and shorts put on somewhere. Or just a fun evening at home with friends or alone that really hit the movie-watching spot.

What put this into my head was this past Saturday evening. I have an outdoor projector and enjoy watching stuff outside when the weather is nice. The programming was thrown together with little thought but I had a blast watching every minute. I started with the first episode of Plastic Man featuring the Weed. Then it was an episode from Thunderbirds, City of Fire. I laughed my butt off watching those two features and was just amazed at how elaborate Gerry Anderson's classic TV puppet show was. Then I watched my blu-ray of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I never seen it on the big screen and seeing it projected on the side of the garage was pure awesomeness. I wanted to watch something else but I felt a few drops and stopped. Maybe it was the night or my mood, but this was one of the most enjoyable evenings I had in the back watching stuff.
I'd be curious to hear what worked out well for others and might even induldge in recommended line-ups if I have the DVDs to do it.

The Cow
07-24-12, 08:54 PM
Had a BBQ with several Mel Brooks movies in succession. It went over great.

EdTheRipper
07-24-12, 09:03 PM
When I was younger and my city had a multiplex, about once a month I would take the bus there and just spend the entire day watching movies. There were shows at roughly 1, 3, 7 and 9. I'd get to the plaza early and do some shopping and have a bite to eat before the first movie. Before the 7, I'd grab another bite to eat. I can't remember any of the exact pairings of movies, but I really used to enjoy doing that and wish it were still feasible for me to do now.

WeylandYutani
07-24-12, 10:10 PM
Premiere of Return of the King at the Uptown in DC. Elijah Wood sat three rows in front of me in the balcony.

Double feature of Evil Dead II and Bubba Ho-Tep followed by a Q and A with Bruce Campbell. That was also the day Joe Gibbs announced he was returning to coach the Redskins. It was a glorious day.

devilshalo
07-24-12, 11:04 PM
Back to the Future Trilogy: Back to Back to Back, May 1990 - Pacific Cinerama Dome (now the Arclight)

Mondo Kane
07-24-12, 11:48 PM
Sometime back in the early 2000's, IFC had a Bava marathon going on one Halloween night. They showed Black Sunday,Twitch of the Death Nerve and Baron Blood. In between, they featured a special with Tom Savini interviewing Lamberto Bava.

TCM has given me some great theme nights:
Spaghetti Western month: Once Upon A Time in The West followed by the uncut version (Which I didn't expect) of Duck, You Sucker
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (Followed by showings of Traffic in Souls & various Edison short-films)
TCM Underground has provided me with some unforgettable nights:
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
West of Zanzibar/Unholy Three
Electra Glide in Blue
Putney Swope/Greaser's Palace
The World's Greatest Sinner
Emma Mae/Penitentiary
And movies that I thought would never be shown on cable:
Poor Pretty Eddie,The Beyond,Blood Freak,Ganja & Hess

Groucho
07-24-12, 11:55 PM
Back when I was 10 we stayed up all night and watched National Lampoon's Vacation and the first three Friday the 13th movies. I'd never seen an R-rated movie before that point. It was GLORIOUS.

Giles
07-24-12, 11:58 PM
The Devils at the old AFI theater at the Kennedy Center - they had advertised the UK cut of the film, but actually got the rare original US 'X' rated print of the film.

Star Wars, Empire, and Jedi back to back at the AFI - the original versions (I think in 70mm) :thumbsup:

Pizza
07-25-12, 12:26 AM
I just remembered a memorable double feature I got to see (twice!) in a local theater: Forbidden Planet and Tod Browning's Freaks. I had never seen Freaks before and was thrilled to finally get the chance. Though I had seen Forbidden Planet on TV, this would be the first time I would see it on the big screen and in widescreen. It looked incredible. My celluloid senses were blown away. It was at a place called the New Mayfield Repertoire Theater, long closed. They would show all sorts of classics and foreign film. They had a very interesting sense of pairing for the various double bills that they would show. I got to see a lot of amazing films when it wasn't so easy to see them. I really miss that place. :(

The Bus
07-25-12, 01:51 AM
The most recent double-feature I enjoyed was seeing <b>Beasts of the Southern Wild</b> and <b>Moonrise Kingdom</b> back-to-back.

The most enjoyable double-feature of all time was seeing <b>괴물 <i>(The Host)</i></b> followed by <b>Das Leben Der Anderen <i>(The Lives of Others)</i></b>. It will be difficult to top that.

Another one I remember was seeing <b>Rushmore</b>, then sneaking in to see <b>Office Space</b>.

Dean Kousoulas
07-25-12, 02:35 AM
I was shocked when I found out my best friend has never seen any of The Godfather films. He knew all about them, and how good they were yet never got around to watching them. So we planned a night and watched all 3 back to back to back.

We must have been up till 3 or 4 in the morning, but it was well worth it.

DonnachaOne
07-25-12, 02:49 AM
The most recent double-feature I enjoyed was seeing <b>Beasts of the Southern Wild</b> and <b>Moonrise Kingdom</b> back-to-back.
I did the same last Saturday! A great time at the movies.

Every year there's at least one or two "journey days" where I have a day off and I travel far to a cinema that's showing all the films they don't play in the suburbs, and I watch three, sometimes four. I don't like doing this all the time, but if I do it rarely and make sure there's enough time in between shows to absorb the flick and talk about it, it's a great day out.

The nice thing about running a cinema is when you schedule an empty theatre for employee thank-you parties. Usually these are just advance screenings, but sometimes you can do something cool with them. Every year I slap together a Halloween marathon of movies for the employees. ("Donnacha's Dead-End Drive-In Double Feature"; No actual driving in of course, the alliteration just reads well - And, if I'm ever able to find a good copy of Dead-End Drive-In, I intend to show it). They usually go over really well and they're my favorite part of the Halloween celebrations.

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Then there was my going-away party when I left the last cinema I worked at:

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I wish I could get paying audiences interested in movie marathons and double features, though. They won't come for those anymore unless it's a catch-up marathon for a sequel coming out that midnight. In the meantime, I enjoy myself the few times of the year we get to do something like this.

A friend over at another theatre is showing Total Recall next week. That will be amazing. He played the first two Alien flicks for the staff before Prometheus came out, and it was lovely seeing the young staff reacting to classic flicks on the big screen.

Autotelik
07-25-12, 04:03 AM
There used to be a small single screen arthouse theater where I went to college, and it played only the old classics. One cold rainy night I just happened to stumble in there when they were showing Kieslowski's Trois Couleurs (they showed White, then Blue, then Red). That was the night I discovered Kieslowski, and I'll never forget how awed I was by those films.

arminius
07-25-12, 09:15 AM
All 5 of the Planet of the Apes movies in one night at the drive in. It started with the sun going down and ended with the sun coming up. There were only about 6 or 7 cars left by then. Great night at the movies.

RichC2
07-25-12, 09:23 AM
Battle Royale, Time and Tide, and Versus was a fun one.

wm lopez
07-25-12, 11:12 AM
Was at the drive-in with this babe and it was our 1st date.
The double feature was crap so you know what we did the whole night.

rw2516
07-25-12, 11:53 AM
I remember a night around 1981 showtime aired King Solomon's Mines(1950), North By Northwest and The High And The Mighty back-to-back-to-back. First time I'd seen all three.

Giles
07-25-12, 01:09 PM
The most recent double-feature I enjoyed was seeing <b>Beasts of the Southern Wild</b> and <b>Moonrise Kingdom</b> back-to-back.



I did that two recently, I had seen Moonrise before though, but the theme and event of a storm/flood worked together

inri222
07-25-12, 01:44 PM
Was at the drive-in with this babe and it was our 1st date.
The double feature was crap so you know what we did the whole night.

Blame liberals for how awful the movies were?

Troy Stiffler
07-25-12, 02:03 PM
The double feature was crap so you know what we did the whole night.

Sinned in the eyes of God?

Meglos
07-25-12, 02:21 PM
Was at the drive-in with this babe and it was our 1st date.
The double feature was crap so you know what we did the whole night.

Did you have sex with him?

Osiris3657
07-25-12, 02:59 PM
Did you have sex with him?

:lol: I knew as soon as wm lopez posted that there would be snarky remarks

Groucho
07-25-12, 03:04 PM
Was at the drive-in with this babe and it was our 1st date.
The double feature was crap so you know what we did the whole night.You fixed the cable?

Mabuse
07-25-12, 04:11 PM
One time I dressed up like a "babe" and got this ultra conservative guy to take me to the drive-in.

WeylandYutani
07-25-12, 04:19 PM
All 5 of the Planet of the Apes movies in one night at the drive in.

Even Battle? Good lord.

Dr. DVD
07-25-12, 04:33 PM
Best memory of a theater would be The Boxer and Titanic in January of 1998. It was at a movie theater in Nashville,TN that at the time of its opening was the largest in the Southeast. What's more, it had only been open a week at that point and everything was new. The Boxer was a movie that was only playing in large cities at that point, so I caught it, and because they were rumored to have huge screens and auditoriums, I went to Titanic as well. They also had special matinee prices of only $4.50, I guess for their grand opening. What made it really cool was the town where I went to college had really suck-ass theaters, so this was like making a trip to the promised land. I returned to my dorm and spoke of it to all of my friends and from that point forward, almost everyone in my hall made trips down there to see our movies. :D

Fun double features: Robocop and Starship Troopers-having the same screenwriter, producers, and director makes them seem like indirect sequels.

The Last Unicorn, Legend, and Dragonslayer if I'm feeling nostalgic for my childhood.

mhg83
07-25-12, 04:42 PM
Harry Potter marathon at the theater. Two days all 8 films. It was amazing to see these great movies again on the big screen. I had never watched the first two on the big screen so that was a nice treat to see.

Before that Tarantino and Rodriguez Grindhouse double feature.

Chet Desmond
07-25-12, 04:47 PM
A few years back a local theater had a double feature all week of "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" and "Female Trouble". I thought that was pretty genius.

Both were actual film prints too!

inri222
07-25-12, 05:07 PM
When I was younger in the 80's I saw a Sonny Chiba triple feature in a rundown theater in Manhattan, NYC

The Streetfighter
Return of the Streetfighter
The Streetfighter's Last Revenge

I also saw a double feature of

Flesh for Frankenstein in 3D
Blood for Dracula

Meglos
07-25-12, 05:15 PM
When I was younger in the 80's I saw a Sonny Chiba triple feature in a rundown theater in Manhattan, NYC

The Streetfighter
Return of the Streetfighter
The Streetfighter's Last Revenge


http://i.imgur.com/wAXKM.jpg

How did the rest of the night turn out?

inri222
07-25-12, 05:18 PM
http://i.imgur.com/wAXKM.jpg

How did the rest of the night turn out?

No Alabama Worley for me, I went home all alone :(

Superboy
07-25-12, 05:26 PM
Was at the drive-in with this babe and it was our 1st date.
The double feature was crap so you know what we did the whole night.

Had an impromptu bible study?

Jules Winfield
07-25-12, 07:33 PM
Was at the drive-in with this babe and it was our 1st date.
The double feature was crap so you know what we did the whole night.

Premature ejaculating?

Troy Stiffler
07-25-12, 08:19 PM
Damn. Forgot about this one.

This might make you guys feel OLD. But I wasn't allowed to watch The Long Kiss Goodnight when it came out. I was a 12 year old boy (or somewhere around there), and my parents were just barely letting me watch R-rated movies. Too much side-boob and swearing I guess. Well, one night it came in for free on pay-per-view. Channel surfing at 8PM, I just happened to see it there, maybe five minutes from the begining.

So I turned the volume down, and sat very close to my bedroom television. Watched it (in full frame, of course) and had a glourious time. I knew it was going to be a long time before I get to watch it again. So I may have absorbed that movie more than any movie ever since. I was so excited to see it that I wasn't getting up for popcorn, going to the bathroom, or anything. It was my one moment to see that movie. That was the one and only time I would watch it for a year-or-so.

Why did it come in? I'm not exactly sure. It was either a fluke, or maybe a neighbor paid and the signal made it to me? I never figured it out. I think maybe it was God. God wanted me to watch it.

Escapism action movies were what I really liked back then. And I already knew the names of all the cool action directors and stuff. And the trailer was sooo good. Watching Long Kiss Goodnight was really a big deal to me.

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Pizza
07-25-12, 09:34 PM
Was at the drive-in with this babe and it was our 1st date.
The double feature was crap so you know what we did the whole night.

You ate popcorn, drank colas and farted?

Astrofan
07-26-12, 07:37 PM
Premiere of Return of the King at the Uptown in DC. Elijah Wood sat three rows in front of me in the balcony.
Besides the name dropping where's the "evening of movie programming"?

wm lopez
07-26-12, 08:03 PM
Sinned in the eyes of God?
It wasn't rape and we were both single.

Time Warrior
07-27-12, 12:20 AM
I also have great memories of watching the five Planet of the Apes movies sequentially over one long night at the Drive-In. There was a fairly decent crowd until the end and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

The people who ran the drive-in must have been fans because they showed the films not in release order, but chronologically (Escape, Conquest, Battle, Planet and Beneath). So as the climactic events of Beneath occurred the audience were whopping it up though were left shell shocked at the end. A great night.

A few other great combo nights at our now long defunct drive-in included Star Wars/Empire/Jedi in a row and the first four James Bond movies (Dr. No, Russia, Goldfinger, Thunderball).

The greatest epic viewing of all time though was spending 44 hours awake on massive amounts of caffeine watching every episode of Blakes 7 at a convention in a row without a break in January 1991 (on VHS). It nearly killed me and the other half a dozen who sat through it, but my god what a journey.

Matthew Chmiel
07-27-12, 12:40 AM
Before the era of MoviePass, when I was a teenager, I would theater hop. I'm not ashamed of it whatsoever as I was a professional. I was very ninja-esque in my ways. Most of the time I was by myself, but other times I had friends accompany me. We had such days like:

Bulletproof Monk / Malibu's Most Wanted / Bend It Like Beckham
Envy / Mean Girls
Finding Nemo / Wrong Turn / The Italian Job
Grind / Camp / Freddy vs. Jason
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra / Secret Window
Open Water / Garden State
The Prince & Me / The Punisher
Super Troopers / Crossroads

Oh... you wanted examples of a great evening of movie programming? Well, most of those examples are shit evenings of movie programming. ;)

I saw Grindhouse followed by The Hills Have Eyes II at the drive-in? Is that any good? What about Machette and Piranha? Is that better?

Roybq
07-27-12, 01:47 AM
Two that stick out that were mentioned already:

The Back-to-Back-to-Back Back to the Future Trilogy on the eve of Back to the Future III. I still have the button that says "I've seen the future Back-to-Back-to-Back" from 1990. A nice touch was all of the Delorean's parked outside the theater.

The Seattle UA 150 (RIP) showing of the Star Wars Trilogy on the eve of Return of the Jedi's rerelease. I think that was in 1985.

One from my childhood that I have fond memories of was a 1979 triple feature created by theater hopping. I watched "Rocky II", "Moonraker" and "The Main Event" in one long evening while my parents...where the hell were my parents? They just dropped me off for 6+ hours at a movie theater without questioning it???

Ash Ketchum
07-27-12, 06:44 AM
In the summer of 1977, I'd had a bad day at work and I was depressed, so after work I went to a local theater (a movie palace carved up into a four-theater multiplex) to see what was playing and, drawn by the presence of Rainbeaux Smith in both casts, I settled on a double bill of REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS and SLUMBER PARTY '57. I had something with me that enhanced the experience (this was the late '70s, remember) and I had a great time with both films. Gorgeous girls, lots of nudity, played for laughs, of which there were many...what wasn't to love? The food fight in REVENGE was hilarious and came a full year before ANIMAL HOUSE. I even stayed to see REVENGE a second time. Easily one of the most enjoyable evenings I ever had at the movies.

Troy Stiffler
07-27-12, 10:01 AM
It wasn't rape and we were both single.

And not married. :(

Meglos
07-27-12, 10:32 AM
It wasn't rape and we were both single.

But your date's Balinese tribe forced you to marry afterwards, right?

Dr. DVD
07-27-12, 11:10 AM
No Alabama Worley for me, I went home all alone :(

FWIW, if she hadn't been paid off to be there with Clarence, he would have done the same. :shrug:


I have a Blu-Ray set that has Long Kiss Goodnight, Point of No Return, and Domino on it. Pretty good $15 spent at Wal-Mart IMO, might give two of them a crack tonight when the opening ceremonies for the Olympics are over.

TomOpus
07-27-12, 06:20 PM
It wasn't rape and we were both single. Best to keep that on the down low.

jeffkjoe
07-27-12, 07:46 PM
Saw JAWS at Radio City Music Hall.

The acoustics were great.

Lots of screams.

An organist played the JAWS theme as a prelude.

Pillowhead
07-27-12, 07:48 PM
One I can remember was from 2006.

Started out with Casino Royale > The Fountain > The Prestige.

One of the best one day movie going experiences ever.

One of the worst?

Death Sentence > Halloween (2007) > 3:15 to Yuma (3:15 was good though).

TimeandTide
07-28-12, 01:31 AM
Battle Royale, Time and Tide, and Versus was a fun one.

:):thumbsup:

My best evening: Was browsing the VHS tapes at the local mom-and-pop video store when I came upon Reservoir Dogs and John Woo's The Killer. Had no idea what either one was about, but at 50 cents a rental and both boxes featuring guys with suits and guns and copious amounts of blood on the cover, I figured what the hell.

Watched them back-to-back that night, then back-to-back again, pulling an all-nighter.

Fell in love with cinema that night.