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Do you love movies? Are you looking for people to go with you to the movies because you don't want to go alone?
That is what this Group is about!
Becoming a Member:
We tried to write everything that someone needs to know about being a Fan right here on this page. If you plan to request to join us (AWESOME!) we are going to assume that you read this page through and decided for yourself that this group is the right fit for you.
We post events to see movies at pre-selected theaters and showtimes. We also socialize over munchies and drinks before and/or after the movie. And, we occasionally do non-movie events. We usually see movies at Pinellas and Hillsborough County theaters.
This is the 18th oldest Meetup Group within a 25 mile radius.
The first known couple to meet in a Meetup Group and became married met in this group.
This is one of the very few Meetup Groups that do not charge a membership fee.
Membership is open to all members of Meetup.com, regardless of age, faith, social and marital statuses. Our events are open to adult walk-ins and adult guests. Guests that are minors require prior permission from the events' hosts.
Although Meetup.com charges Organizers a maintenance fee for this Group to exist, the Organizer does not currently pass this cost on to the membership.
By submitting a Request to Join, you are acknowledging it is your responsibility to read and understand the Five and a Half Rules below andthen decide for yourself whether you are willing to abide by these Rules and are willing to accept how we operate and organize this group.
Answering the profile questions - especially the one that asks you whether you read the Five and a Half Rules
Posting a recognizable facial close-up as the main photo on your Movie Meetup profile.
In anything we do online, we all need to check some box that states something to the tune of "I Agree to the Terms of Service". Since we don't have that available on our Meetup site, we post our Rules and one of the five questions that we ask when you submit a Request To Join is whether you read the Rules.
Why rules? Well, we need them in order to better taking care of you and our Group. Your Event Hosts volunteer their time to keep this group going and what we do is time, space, and security sensitive. We are bringing strangers together to sit next to each other in a darkened auditorium. It took us years to come up with a set of rules to enable the Hosts and Fans not to be driven crazy by NoShows, trolls, spammers, etc. It's not a perfect system but it's helped this Group stay open since 2006 while most new Meetups last a month or two.
The Five and a Half Rules:
Now down to business.... As stated above, it is the Fan's responsibility to review these rules and then decide for themselves whether they are agree to abide before submitting a Request To Join.
RULE 1: Membership requires recognizable facial close-up posted as the Main Photo in your Movie Group profile, unless ok'd by the Organizer.For security, we want make sure you are who you say you are and not a Fan's psycho-ex stalker, spammer, spy or saboteur. We've seen these happen in other Meetup Groups. We also print out these photos from the event page to help us find you at events. The more recognizable your features are in these printouts, the better.
RULE 2: NoShows are taken very seriously. NoShows impact everyone waiting for somebody that RSVP'd "Yes" that did not tell us that they were not coming after all. We understand Life happens. All we ask of you is to give us a heads-up that The Unexpected is going to prevent you from making it to the event. Remember, we try to wait for all the "Yes" RSVP's before we sit -"No Fan left behind". If you can't reach us before the event, please contact us afterward as soon as you can. We will also try to follow-up with NoShows via messaging. Fans that do not respond will have any "Yes" RSVP's for upcoming events changed to "No" until the NoShow is resolved. Fans with unresolved NoShows could be, regrettably, subject to removal if we have reason to believe our attempts to contact them are being disregarded. (See RULE: 3)
RULE 3: A timely response is needed from you if we contact you directly concerning an important issue.We could consider this the most important rule because almost any issue could be resolved by dialogue. If there's an issue, we want to be fair and get your side of the story. We cannot help you, if you are not responding to us.
RULE 4: We all to need all Fans to be courteous and respectful to the Group, to other Fans, to the rest of the movie audience and to the people with whom we do business Please be mindful of other members in the audience. No one wants a confrontation. Please use verbal/written communications or photos on the Group website, at Group events and in Group emails that are not rude, nor disparaging, nor would be considered inappropriate in a family or professional setting. Also...I get really nervous when someone antagonizes security guards or restaurant staff that will be handling my food where I cannot watch them. (See the movie "Road Trip")
RULE 5:Please keep all postings on the site within the spirit of the Group's purpose.The Organizer gladly pays the Meetup maintenance fees out of his own pocket to serve movie goers. We are not paying for advertising for the unrelated personal causes of others.
RULE 5.5 : Last, but not least, Puh-leeze! if you have questions or requests, ask. That is what we are here for!
See these rules aren't so bad. Are they?
Event Planning I work with my Superbly Awesome Assistant Organizers ( or "S.A.A.O.s") and volunteer Hosts on deciding what to schedule. We take into consideration:
We meet at a designated spots at the different theaters. For consistency, the meeting spots that are usually on the left, as you walk in. We try to wait for our 'Yes' respondents, then we take our seats.
Go to the link on the Site that says "Photos". There is a photo album called"Our Meetup Spots" We've posted photos of where we meet at most of the theaters we go to. (Tampa Theater is one exception. Beautiful place, tough to take pictures)
After the show, and sometimes before, we decide on a nearby location for our 'After-Movie Social Hour'. It's usually dinner, coffee, drinks or desert.
Thanks for reading this through and, as I said earlier, every Fan can come to the Organizer or the Superbly Awesome Assistant Organizers with questions, requests or concerns.