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"Hitchcock"­ - free preview showing with guaranteed admission - Pacific Place

  • Nov 29, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Pacific Place Cinema

We will be attending an advance showing of the film "Hitchcock" at the Pacific Place Cinema in downtown Seattle. Our group will have guaranteed seating. The film starts at 7:00 pm, but all participants must check in with me before 6:00; otherwise your spot might be given to someone on the standby list

Here is a description of "Hitchcock" which stars the great Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. The film is about the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, during the time that he was filming "Psycho".  From wikipedia;

"Hitchcock is an upcoming biographical drama film directed by Sacha Gervasi and based on Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. The film is scheduled to be released on November 23, 2012.[2]

"Hitchcock centers on the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the making of Psycho, spanning from Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to the release of the groundbreaking film in 1960."

Here is the official trailer for the film:

Hitchcock - trailer

The film has received a 78 rating at rottentomatoes.com; here is a link to that web site where you can read or scan the reviews to see if this film is for you:

tomatometer - Hitchcock

Here is wikipedia's description of the critical response to the film:

"Soon after the film's world premiere at the AFI Fest 2012, the first reviews of Hitchcock were published. Tom O'Neil of the The Huffington Post wrote, "When the film unspooled at AFI Fest on Thursday night, the audience burst into wild huzzahs at the end. This Hitchcock is so well made, so much fun and so suspenseful that it would make the original Hitchcock proud ... It's a serious contender for Best Picture, lead actor, lead actress, adapted screenplay, makeup, music score and maybe art direction."[15] John Patterson of The Guardian called the film "clever and witty"; "the making of Psycho is depicted in detail without our seeing one frame of the completed movie" and concluding "it lives and breathes through Hopkins and Mirren."[16]

Admission to this showing is free, and our group will be admitted ahead of everyone else. We have guaranteed seats. Please read the following directions so you understand how this will work:

The twenty-two guaranteed seats will be distributed by signing up for this event on a first-come first-served basis. If you end up as one of the twenty-two "finalists" you will get guaranteed admission if you show up no later than 6:00 outside of the Pacific Place Cinemas. When you meet me I will give you a name tag which you will need to show me when we enter the theater. Please note that if you are a no show or cancel at the last minute you will not be eligible for free preview showings in the future though you are still welcome to participate in any other cinema club meetup. Persons who had spots to the free preview showing of "The Sessions" and who did not show up will have their name removed from the "attending" list; I have your names.

Our group will be admitted to the theater around 6:15 so if you arrive after that time there will be no way that I can have you admitted or pass a general admission ticket to you.

Meet me near the box office of the Pacific Place Cinema. I am an Asian American who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a hat of some type (beret, rain hat, African skull cap). There is a head shot of me in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until 6:45 or thereabouts.

There will be an optional food and beverage stop at the conclusion of the film. Note: conclusion = after all of the credits have rolled by. Meet me just outside of the theater near the box office. If you use the restroom notify someone so that we do not leave without you

George Liu

[masked]

Note:

From Nov 14 to Nov 25 meetup.com's reservation system will be set to "automatic". This means that if there is a cancellation the first person (i.e., the one who has been on the list the longest) on the waiting list will be moved to the "attending" list. After Nov. 25 the reservation system will be set to "manual". When an opening occurs everyone on the waiting list will be sent an email notifying him or her of the availability of a spot. The first person who logs onto this page and changes his/her status will get the opening. Anyone who reads this page and who is not on the waiting is eligible to claim the opening. Once the spot is taken everyone else cannot make a reservation until an opening occurs again.

 

 

 


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  • Pat F.

    Thank you George! Great movie, even better company! :)

    November 30, 2012

  • Dorothy M. L.

    Great

    November 29, 2012

  • Carolyn P.

    Decent film with some good lines. Hopkins and Mirren are always worth watching.

    November 29, 2012

  • Susanna

    Very entertaining movie

    November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great--thanks George!!

    November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    George I did not see any information in description about waiting list. But now you explain that if your name is not in "attending" list you do not have seat... Ok . My question was about those emails I keep getting to act quickly which Laura respond to that... Cheers!

    November 27, 2012

    • George L.

      Naz: Please read the last paragraph of my write-up above; it explains meetup.com's reservation when it is in "manual" mode. Everyone on the email list gets the same notification that a spot is available, and the first person to change his or her RSVP to "attending" get the spot. Again, sending me an email gets you nothing.

      November 27, 2012

  • George L.

    Hi folks: Please read the entire description of this event before asking a question or making an assumption about your status which indicates that you have not read the description. I usually do not respond to public or private questions where the answer is right in front of the reader. Wastes everyone's time. If you are not on the "attending" list you do not have a seat for this event.

    November 27, 2012

  • laura

    Naz -- according to the list at the right, you are still on the wait list. The process is confusing -- I will attempt to explain it. George reset the wait list from automatic to manual. When you get a notification there is an opening and go to the site, there is a green box at the top right. If you are the first there, it will permit you to change your reservation to attending. If not, it will say, "no spots left." That means someone grabbed the open spot before you got there. Merely responding to the email that there is an opening by writing a note below will not get you on the attending list. I hope this clarifies things.

    November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going. I got email that there is spot act quickly. So yes I am going to Hitchcock guaranteed admission!

    November 27, 2012

  • Ellen G.

    I am attending guaranteed admission to Hitchcock.

    November 27, 2012

    • George L.

      As of 12 noon on Tuesday I do not see your name on the "attending" list. You are still on the waiting list.

      November 27, 2012

  • Ellen G.

    I am going to Hitchcock

    November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got an email saying a spot opened up, but looking I see I'm still on the waitlist.

    November 27, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh, I just read the update - never mind, I understand what's going on. I'll try to be faster next time!

      November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just saw the email saying a spot opened up for this. If it's still open I'm game! Count me in.

    November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey, I was next on the waiting list and got an email saying a spot opened up, then another saying I was back on the waiting list, at the end no less. what's up?

    November 19, 2012

    • George L.

      Roberto: while reviewing the RSVP list I accidently pushed a button that shifted me to the waiting list. You were automatically moved to the "attending" list. In order for me to get back on the "attending" list I had to shift you back to waiting where you ended up at the end of the line. I am keeping in mind that both Su (who is ahead of you) and you are the first persons on the waiting list, and when vacancies occur you will be shifted to the attending list. (continued)

      November 20, 2012

    • George L.

      Also if you decide to show up on a standby basis to claim the spot of a no-show you will be behind only Su if she shows up. Keep in mind that I never have 100% participation. For The Sessions there were three no shows. However, you can claim a no show spot only if you have one of the free general admission tickets which are being distributed on another meetup. You have until Wednesday night to request one of those tickets.

      November 20, 2012

  • George L.

    David: Most of the seats in the screening room are occupied by persons with general admission tickets which they obtain from various sources (newspaper, radio). These seats are filled on a first-come first served basis, and there is a chance that some ticket holders will be turned away because of deliberate overbooking which is explained on the ticket. Our group does not have actual tickets; we meet at a given time and location, and are escorted into the screening room before the others are admitted. We are given a specific number of seats (I refer to them as tickets). The publicist who is managing this screening may or may not have a hand counter to record the number of people in our group who show up as well as the total attendance. There are three ways to get into the preview: (1) you have a reservation through this meetup; (2) you can show up to claim any spots that are available because of no-shows, and (3) you have a ticket and get into the general admission line. (continued)

    1 · November 16, 2012

    • George L.

      (continued). Again, if you pursue option 3 there is no guarantee that you will be admitted. I would guess that 75% of the advance previews that I have attended were not full houses. On the other hand at Black Swan a few years ago 300 ticket holders were admitted and 300 were turned away. It seems that even if there is not a full house you still need a ticket to get into the screening room.

      November 16, 2012

    • George L.

      FYI: At my last preview screening 15 out of 18 people with reservations showed up and 3 (whose names I have) wee not shows. So under option 2 I could have added three people without reservations to our priority admission group. If you were really interested in seeing this film I would suggest that: (!) you show up with the hope there will be no shows whose spot you can take; and (2) you have a general admission ticket in case there are no openings because of "no shows", and (3) there is another film at the venue for which you will pay admission in case there is overbooking of the general admission and you do not want your parking expenses and time to go to waste.

      November 16, 2012

  • David A.

    George,

    Would it be possible to get into the preview without a guaranteed seat, or are all of the seats reserved at this point?

    November 15, 2012

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