I went to my first midnight showing of a movie in May 2007, for “Spider-Man 3”. It was so cute. I called my friend Matt – we were seniors in high school – and we collaborated about how to go about purchasing tickets for the premiere just as the bewitching hour arrived.
(It was even more exciting given that we grew up in a culture where the belief was “the Holy Ghost goes to bed at midnight.”)
It was a great time.
But as far as I can recall, the time of our showing of Tobey Maguire’s final act as the web-slinger actually was the premiere for the public.
Let’s fast forward 11 years.
Audiences across the United States can attend films this summer movie season as early as 7 p.m.
That’s not Friday. That’s still a very much alive Thursday.
It’s awesome to be able to go to movies even earlier than we could. But is this a good thing for the workforce, with many workers falling asleep at their desks the whole next work day? Is it a good thing for schools, with students looking outside the classroom windows, dreaming up adventures in the worlds that they entered just the prior evening?
Is this good for society, with both the economy and education influenced negatively?
I don’t know. The scholars and researchers can figure that out. In the meantime, I gotta go. I need to see the Millennium Falcon make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs.
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