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January 08 2006

Serenity in Canadian Theatre one more weekend. Vancouver's University of British Columbia student-run film society had the Big Damn Movie up in the Norm Theatre this weekend and it was fun for all!

There's still nothing like watching the BDM on the big screen with a Browncoat crowd who laughed and cheered in all the right places. The Vancouver Firefly Meetup group was out in force with many a Jayne hat in the crowd, and in case you missed it Friday or Saturday evening, there's still another showing on Sunday at 7 PM for the shiny price of $3.50!

Meanwhile, for those in the U.S., I'm trying to track big screen showings at Can't Stop The Serenity. Saturday, January 7, was the 100th day of the film playing in the U.S. As near as I and some others have been able to determine, it may have been playing every single one of those days in Santa Ana, California, and Portland, Oregon only had a 2-week gap between end of first-run and start of second-run.

(Also FYI, that site ultimately is intended to track -- and urge -- big screen benefit showings of the film around the country during 2006.)

On edit: Meanwhile, could someone in Ohio please let me know the information for the showing that happened on January 7? I need to add it to my list of 2006 showings.

Found that info. Now I just need to know if Santa Ana really has been playing it every day since the September 30 opening.

[ edited by theonetruebix on 2006-01-08 10:07 ]
As a UBC alum from the days of the Earth That Was, it was great to return to some of my old haunts, while also getting to see the BDM one more time on the silver screen. Speaking of which, I was very glad to see that they finally replaced the worse-for-wear screen from back when I was a student. Unfortunately the seats were still the old ones (I think the layers of chewing gum are the only things holding some of them together - much like Serenity herself).

Good time, good times.
Yessir, plenty of fun at what might be the final BDM big-screen exhibition in these parts for a good long while. AlanD, good call about those gorram seats; I counted at least two broken ones in my row alone - both with the actual cushions fallen right off! I thought the Roxy Theatre in Victoria or the Cinecenta at UVic were in sorry states, but this! *gasps*

It truly is a great movie-going event to watch Serenity with an appreciative and enthusiastic crowd. The energy in the room makes the whole experience so much more exciting, with all the laughs, gasps and applause. Relight, I guess we must have missed you in the crowd - so another time with the actual-meeting then, yes? ;-)


It truly is a great movie-going event to watch Serenity with an appreciative and enthusiastic crowd. The energy in the room makes the whole experience so much more exciting, with all the laughs, gasps and applause.


What gorramit said. It was indeed a shiny evening! Also was looking forward to meeting you, Relight, to say thank you in person for all the work you've been doing archiving the Serenity board threads.

ETA: I'm also a UBC alum from the 'Dark Ages', but I don't remember the seats being that bad!

And how fanboy/girl are we that we all come home and immediately head to Whedonesque? Gotta love it!

[ edited by samatwitch on 2006-01-08 11:32 ]
LOL all coming home to Whedonesque how very true. I'm usually inconspicuous at fan-type things as Serena may well know when she gave me a name sticker at the May screening - or was that you, samatwitch, giving out the name tags? I've forgotten. Anyway, one of these days I'll be decked out with Jayne hat and guitar, and you can thank me then, when I've actually gotten some work done :) Right now I'm trying to figure out how to do the impossible, and what it comes to is a lot of work!
That would have been Serena at the (June) screening - gorramit and I were 'crewing' the table with Joss' birthday banner most of the evening.

On-topic: every time I come out of seeing "Serenity" with such a good feeling, I just want to go back "one more time" :)
Yessir, plenty of fun at what might be the final BDM big-screen exhibition in these parts for a good long while. AlanD, good call about those gorram seats; I counted at least two broken ones in my row alone - both with the actual cushions fallen right off! I thought the Roxy Theatre in Victoria or the Cinecenta at UVic were in sorry states, but this! *gasps*


Heh.... oh man, you've gotta love the Roxy... "Where movies are a religion". Three movies for $2.50 (if your butt can survive) :D

Good to hear Serenity is still being shown on the bigscreen somewhere. Went to a couple Blockbusters tonight to rent a movie. At one 3 of the 4 copies of Serenity were rented; at the other, 7 of 11 were out. Seems pretty good to me! Plus, I saw a Serenity trailer on Blockbuster's in-store TV movie promo reel! That was cool. Was browsing the Drama section, when, out of nowhere I hear: "I need your authorization password!". Heh.

I'd just like to thank the admins for opening up membership -- I've been reading almost daily since July and I can't remember the last time I've been so excited. It's like Christmas in... er... December. :)

(Victoria resident 1976-2002, now living in Sarasota FL)

[ edited by zeitgeist (just removed post 'sign off' per the rules on 2006-01-08 17:14 ]
FWIW, I know Serenity will be on the big screen in a week or two at Lancaster University, as I happen to know the student projectionist. Dunno if it's open to the public - he was unsure. It's worth looking for uni Arts Centres and the like in the UK to find occasional showings.
Must make a trip to see it in Minneapolis at Riverview at least once more :)
It seems a sorry second that a bunch of Toronto browncoats saw Serenity last night on a Big screen TV. At least we were sitting in big comfy leather chairs! And we had chili and veggies and chips and popcorn and pizza and beer and birthday cake. So I guess, not too shabby after all.
Whoops... sorry about that! Off to memorize the rules..
No worry, asterizk :) Welcome aboard!
saw Serenity last Thursday night,outdoor cinema here in Perth ..everyone sitting on bean bags and blankets..brilliant way to watch it..and at the end a shooting star over the screen
Woah - Vianne, that's awesome!

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