PJ20 (196th new thing).
November 2, 2011 § 1 Comment
Growing up, I was never really into Pearl Jam. By the time they were really big and I started forming a taste in music (that didn’t revolve around Casey Kasem’s Top 40), I turned to Britpop instead of Grunge or Alternative. So when Patrick told me we were going to see a one day only screening of the new Pearl Jam documentary with a few friends on Day One Hundred Ninety-Six, I didn’t really know what to expect.
I didn’t expect a massive line wrapped around the courtyard in front of the theater. I had sudden flashbacks to a past job in movie promotions. I was usually the one dealing with the “movie pigs” who would see anything for free and were increasingly belligerent as my time in the position expanded. But these weren’t them at all. Everyone here had paid, and were genuinely interested in seeing a documentary on a huge nineties band, a film which a couple weeks later would be playing for free on PBS.
We all met up for a drink and snack at Apres Diem and headed into the theater. The film was playing in two theaters and I walked from one to the other, looking for five seats in a group. I found them and became the designated seat-saver. But of course, this wasn’t a pre-release free screening, and everyone was nice. The theater wasn’t even completely full.
The movie itself was pretty awesome. Patrick may have even cried a little. I, who has never really listened to Pearl Jam, got a little watery-eyed at some point. It was actually a great evening spent with great people watching a great movie.
And now I need to go find a plaid flannel shirt.