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I call "Shenanigans"! [Updated! Yea!]


... will not be seen in Duluth.

From the Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee:

Marcus Theatres Corp. is again at odds with Paramount Pictures after failing to reach an agreement with the film distributor on the Friday release of "Cloverfield."

The impasse marks the second time in a month that Marcus locations will not show a major motion picture on its opening release date because it could not reach an agreement with Paramount on a price to moviegoers. This time, the film is the J.J. Abrams-produced modern-day monster film "Cloverfield," which is opening nationwide on Friday.

So... who wants a ride to Cloquet?


Yeah, so, there's this monster and then there's a lot of running and screaming. Lots. Then it ends.

"What does the monster look like?" you ask. Big and designed to defy simple description... and then there's the other things, too. And all that on-line Slusho-T.I.D.O Wave-Tagruato stuff helps a little.

Also... The Enterprise... on Earth? C'mon.


Ok. This really, really sucks. I've been excited that Marcus has started to offer other concession choices other that artery-clogging popcorn, but this BS with the movies not being show here is getting lame.

Has anyone else noticed that the cleanliness of the Theatres has suffered under new management?

That really sucks--first Sweeney Todd, now this.

On the other hand, if you're up for a drive eastward, they do have Cloverfield at the Bay Theater in Ashland. Weeknights at 7:00 and 9:10, and matinees as well on Saturday & Sunday at 1:15 P.M. (http://www.ashlandbaycinema.com/)

Plus, if I may sing the praises of my favorite movie theater ever, the popcorn is delicious and tastes about a thousand times better than any I've ever had at a chain theater...and the snacks there are CHEAP. Like, a dollar or two for most things. And to top it all off, it's in a neat old building with lots of nooks & crannies to catch the eye. (Frankly, after growing up with a place like this, it's hard to stomach the chain theater experience.)

And I should note my love of the theater does not extend to their website, which yes, probably needs some work. ;+)

While it's lame that we're not getting certain movies at all, are we not getting them because Marcus doesn't want us to pay too much to see them? I can get behind that. Someone should make a stand. Plus, Cloverfield is going to suck.

Marcus doesn't want us to pay too much to see them? ??? BS. What does it cost to go see a movie these days? 8$ or so. Oh I'm sure that Marcus is really looking out for us and protecting us for the cost of a movie.

Maybe it's because the movie is barely over an hour? (75 minutes minus the ending credits)

But then, people paid full price to see Phonebooth, which besides being one of the worst movies ever made, was only 80 min long.

Aaron, I'm not saying they are looking out for us, but the quote in the post says the disagreement is over the "price to moviegoers". I'm sure the problem is actually how much of a percentage of that price they can keep for themselves, but still.

Personally, I own a 40" TV that I sit 6' away from, so I'm never going to a theater again.

That makes no sense Kitsune. They don't change the price for different movies.

"Cloverfield is going to suck."

unlike Sweeny. With very few exceptions, Burton/Depp flicks are the only ones worth my time and money.

...though i hear there has been some capitulation on the Sweeny Todd

Marcus sucks ... how long was "Into the Wild" in Twin Ports theaters, anyway?

And AWESOME TITLE FOR THIS POST -- I just watched that South Park episode today!

As a rule, I don't watch scary movies. Or gory movies. However, seeing someone get sucked into a tornado or frozen into an icecube doesn't bother me. Does that make me weird? GAUNTLET!

I grew up in Milwaukee, where Marcus has its home. It's a decent company: philanthropic, at least. I'm not sure about whether there's a change (I only hit movies once a month or so) in the condition of the theatre, but I can say that the selection seems no worse than before.

The tragedy isn't that Cloverfield won't be here (it will be, I bet, eventually, just like Sweeney, and it it won't, it will be on DVD everywhere). The tragedy is a lack of real counterprogramming. UMD needs a real cinema, on the model of UW-Milwaukee, showing more interesting films subsidized by student fees!

Unfortunately, I must go play basketball now. So I will no longer be able to Thwart your Gauntlet. Valiant effort, Tamara. Thwart!

All I have to say is thbbbt! :P

For my part, I own a 20" TV that I sit 3" away from, so I'm never going to the theater again [I've irradiated my brainstem, so I couldn't even if I wanted to].

@Fred: exactly

@Kitsune: Well, why did you say it in the first place?

This is why I just got a new 42" HDTV and an HD DVD and Blu-Ray player.

For the record, "Cloverfield" was awesome. Go see it.

Because of my annoyance with this whole "no Cloverfield in Duluth" thing, I ended up watching it on my 'puter about an hour ago:


The quality is pretty shitty, but you get the idea.

Nope, Nope, Nope. Didn't like it. I understand what they were trying to do, and I even applaud the effort. It's a great idea, not unlike Joey Joe Joe Shabadoo's Signs. That doesn't mean it is really entertaining. I was almost sick a few times. I had to look away from the screen quite often. Of course, it didn't help that I was sitting in the front row and had consumed 8 beers before the show. I marvel at my stomach for actually not spewing forth it's contents 1/2 way through the movie. Tomorrow I may go to see it tripping on acid. I would probably die if I tried though. Or at least wish I did.

i saw Bram Stoker's Dracula, front and center in a packed house on top of a split quarter of cubes and had a mild freakout when Jack told me during the trailer that I "Couldn't handle the truth," to which I decided that he was right in that and almost got ejected from the theater. Luckily my friends convinced the ushers that I was mentally handicapped and they could keep me under control for the duration of the film.

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