Hi all! If not too last minute, let's see a movie this weekend: the Sat. 7:15 showing of the critically-acclaimed Fruitvale Station at the Kendall Square Cinema.
Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station portrays the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Getting your ticket: The movie will be on two screens during its opening Boston weekend but ticket demand for the 7:15 showing should still be quite high. (I've been asked about organizing weekend movies too, so this is a test of sorts.)
To be certain of a ticket, I highly recommend doing one of the following sooner than later:
- Swing by the box office if in the area sometime prior to 7/27.
- Purchase a ticket online through the Landmark Theaters online purchasing system here. (Note that a $1 service charge is tacked onto such purchases.)
- If you wait until Sat., arrive early and, if the main box office line is very long, use a credit card to buy a ticket from one of the kiosks under the massive stairway on the right side of the lobby. (Thanks to Jen for letting me know this; I thought the kiosks were for pre-sale retrieval only.)
Finding the group: [NEW INSTRUCTIONS]
Due to the more crowded weekend lobby (and feedback I've received), let's meet in a new location: On the left side of the lobby, past all of the concessions, there's a rear waiting area near the water fountains and ticket-taking positions.
I'll be in this area by 6:30 actively looking for Yes RSVPs (both while waiting and then presumably while queued up to enter the theater for seats), so please post a picture of your actual self in your profile/with your RSVP to help out.
I wear glasses and will wear an unmistakable plaid (mostly white with blue and gray) Red Sox cap, so say hi if you see me, or anyone else from the group, first.
If you have any trouble finding the group beforehand, or run late and want to join the group afterwards, text me at[masked]-9428. I'll turn the phone off at 7:10, then turn it back on when the credits roll to check for texts. I'll also move to the top row of the theater (w/out blocking the exits) to become more visible/accessible.
Getting our seats: If memory serves, on weekends the Kendall ticket takers will ask prime time (e.g., early evening show) ticket holders to queue up for a bit before entering the theater. Given where we'll be waiting we should be able to get generally good seats for a group.
More about the movie:
- "Fruitvale Station works because Coogler and his leading man present a many-sided protagonist, neither saint nor unalloyed sinner." -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
- "Fruitvale Station's wrenching power lies in the specificity of its storytelling and the ordinary human warmth of the world it conjures." -Dana Stevens, Slate
After the movie: For those who'd like to congregate we can go to a One Kendall Square standby (just one courtyard away from the theater and parking garage) such as The Friendly Toast, Tommy Doyle's, or the Cambridge Brewing Co. for an adult beverage, snack, and spirited discussion of the movie.