Here’s the scene.
The boyfriend and I are settled into our seats. The popcorn is half gone. I’m sitting on the edge of my seat watching the new steamy 007 Bond boy attempt Parkour in the opening chase scene of Casino Royale. It’s thrilling, I’m on the edge of my seat, I’m watching the action and wondering what will happen next. The music is building along with the action and then something is not quite right. A flashing light is going off in the theatre. I hear sirens. But I’m confused, are they from the soundtrack, or something else?
Find out, after the jump…
* photo by Johnny Blood
After a few dazed minutes, trying to discern reality emergency flashing from action movie adventure, I realized the fire alarm was going off. The movie was going strong and the soundtrack blazing. This was not the time to interrupt a movie with a fire alarm. Begrudgingly, those of us in the theatre decided it was probably best to evacuate, despite the onscreen action.
All 6 of the theatres dumped their audiences into the lobby, so it was packed. No body knew what was going on, but nobody was leaving. People lined up to get reimbursed for their tickets, others were milling about trying to find out what happened, one person was even smoking a cigarette!
Eventually we were told it was a false alarm and could go back to our theatres where the movie would be restarted. We still had half a bucket of popcorn and I was ready to find out how Bond’s pursuit was going. Once the movie was restarted there were no more interruptions. I was back on the edge of my seat watching Bond’s hot pursuit (and hot bod). I thought it was a great movie. As we left the theatre, we were handed complimentary movie passes because of the interruption. All in all, it worked out fine, contrary to my post title – there was no panic in the movie theatre last night.