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Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites

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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

 

Phenomenon

Last night, Fahrenheit 9/11 sold out all over Manhattan.

Now, it’s normal here, expected even, for the opening weekend shows of a first run movie to sell out – at least through Saturday night. Sunday is less of a challenge, and Monday – well, who the hell ever heard of any movie, much less a documentary, selling out on Monday night?

Well, this one did.

I started checking the Internet for ticket availability sometime before eight – and quickly discovered that there was not a ticket to be had, anywhere in Manhattan, before 10:30; a walk to the nearest box office confirmed the news, along with the degree to which it was taking people by surprise. People were strolling up, expecting to buy tickets to the 8:15 show, before spotting the sign: "Fahrenheit 9/11 SOLD OUT at 6:30, 7:30, 8:15, 9:30."

Amazing.

When we arrived back at the theater for that show, tickets in hand, a half-hour early just to get decent seats -- we found a line running a full block up Broadway, and turning the corner at 20th Street. By the time the movie started, it was very clear that there was not a single empty seat in the theater. At 10:30, on a Monday night.

I’m not sure quite what all this means yet, but I will say this: don't waste another second reading more reviews; the movie is more than worthy of the buzz. Just buy your tickets early, and go.
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