Friday, June 18, 2010

NOW: Ready or Not, Here We Come!

At least we were ready to see the movie.

We had free passes to see a movie at Studio Movie Grill. We thought today would be a great day to go see Toy Story 3. The person at the ticket counter said our passes were not good on opening weekend. We would have to wait until Monday to use them if we were going to see TS3. Instead of opting to see another movie with our free passes, we decided to go ahead and pay for our tickets so we could see the final chapter in the Toy Story trilogy on opening day.

Since we were watching the movie at Studio Movie Grill, we had to order food and drinks. Sometime after the drinks arrived, but before the food was served the previews started. However, there was one small problem. There was no sound. Well, there was some sound. Put an index finger in each ear to plug the sound. Now momentarily remove your fingers, only to immediately reinsert the fingers into your ears. Hold it. Hold it. Again, momentarily remove your fingers, but then immediately reinsert your fingers. That is what is sounded like while the previews played. Soon our food arrived, but not the sound. The short (cartoon before the movie) started and played in its entirety without sound. The technicians continued working the the booth above us, but were unable to resolve the problem. When the actual movie started playing without sound, we really knew we were headed for trouble. Eventually the movie was paused as they continued to work on the sound. Now at this point we should have been about 30 minutes into the movie. The manager said that they would be unable to show Toy Story 3 due to the technical difficulties. Bummer. But, he said the food was on them and they would be refunding the cost of the tickets. As a bonus surprise, we were given movie passes to come back to another movie at no cost. Thank you, Studio Movie Grill!

So let's review: We didn't use our passes. The tickets we bought were refunded. The food we ate was given to us at no cost. We also received another set of free passes to come again. Not a bad deal. In fact, despite the hassle of it all, it seemed like we still came out winners.  What were we to do now?  Easy.  Drive to another theater and see the movie!

After a short drive down the road, we were now ready to see Toy Story 3.  Sure our passes didn't work here, but we already had a free lunch!  Now, on with the show!

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