Thursday, February 18, 2010

Details: AMC Best Picture Showcase

Last week, Rethink. reported AMC is continuing its Best Picture Showcase, even with twice as many nominated films. I've attended the event two times now and it's pretty fun, if you don't mind sitting in a theatre all day.

Whether you'd like to take a full dose of Oscar nominees all at once or two doses a week apart, AMC Theatres is the place to be. This year fans went to AMC's Web site and more than 86,000 votes were cast for the schedule of the ten Best Picture nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards, according to AMC.


10 in a row
In you'd like to spend 24 hours straight inside a warm and cozy theatre (not as cozy after three hours), grab the caffeine and head to theatres in New York City (Empire 25), Los Angeles (Block 30), Chicago (River East 21), Washington D.C. (Georgetown 14) or Toronto (Whitby 24). Watch the 10 nominees back-to-back in a cinematic marathon, starting at 12:01 a.m.

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010
Price: $45
Amenities: Free large popcorn with unlimited refills for the day
Cool factor: If you survive, you can brag and have people think you're a crazy fanatic
Special effects: "AVATAR" and "UP" will be shown in 3D in all 24-hour locations
Schedule:
12:01AM: AVATAR 3D
3:00AM: A Serious Man
5:00AM: Up 3D
7:00AM: District 9
9:10AM: Inglourious Basterds
12:00PM: The Blind Side
2:30PM: An Education
4:30PM: Precious
7:00PM: Up in the Air
9:30PM: The Hurt Locker


Note: 24-hour Marathon theatres will not host the two-day events


5 and 5
For those not as ambitious or near the marathon locations, a more practical option is seeing five of the nominated films in the two Saturdays leading up to the big ceremony on March 7. And you can choose to attend both Saturdays or choose one that best fits your schedule.

Date: Saturdays, Feb. 27 and March 6
Prices:
TWO-DAY PASS
$60: Online price available at AMCEntertainment.com/BPS
$50: Box office price available only at participating AMC Best Picture Showcase theatres
$40: MovieWatcher® member price available only at participating AMC Best Picture Showcase theatre box offices
ONE-DAY PASS
$30: Online and box office price available either at AMCEntertainment.com/BPS or at participating theatres
$25: MovieWatcher member price available only at participating AMC Best Picture Showcase theatre box offices
Schedule: Depending on your theatre (
Feb. 27 PDF, March 6 PDF).

Here are schedules for a few theatres:
Chicago, 600 North Michigan 9, Cantera 30, South Barrington 30; Detroit, Forum 30; Milwaukee, Mayfair 18; Washington, D.C., Hoffman Center 22 and Potomac 18:
Feb. 27: 10:30AM: AVATAR (3D), 1:45PM: Up, 3:45PM: A Serious Man, 6:30PM: Precious, 8:45PM: District 9
March 6: 10:30AM: An Education, 12:45PM: The Hurt Locker, 3:15PM: Up in the Air, 6:00PM: The Blind Side, 8:30PM: Inglourious Basterds

Chicago, Crestwood 18, Yorktown 17, Yorktown Premium 1; Cincinnati, Newport on the Levee 20; Columbus, Easton 30; Detroit, Livonia 20; Washington, D.C., Rio 18, Shirlington 7
Feb. 27: 10:30AM: AVATAR (3D), 1:45PM: Up in the Air, 4:00PM: Precious, 6:45PM: The Blind Side, 9:15PM: Inglourious Basterds
March 6: 10:30AM: Up, 12:45PM: A Serious Man, 2:45PM: The Hurt Locker, 6:00PM: An Education, 8:00PM: District 9


Get your tickets soon. And if you are a rewards member, you will save a good chunk of change. For all participating theatres and information, head to the Best Picture Showcase Web site.

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