Empire Strikes Back with my great aunt. She was a New York nun who laughed the whole time. It was fabulous.
Watching with my cousin on the day it opened. She dropped her coke and covered her eyes when the dog's face peeled off like a banana. She peeked out when they started shooting the dogs and began running up the aisle toward the exit. She didn't make it before pukeing all over herself.
Jurassic Park. There were a bunch of younger kids, all crying (not me).
Definitely not my first movie memory, but I’ll never forget going to the first Tobey McGuire Spider-Man. Growing up, it had always been kind of our thing for my dad and I to go to movies together. When that movie came out I had just gotten my first boyfriend, who had invited me to go see that movie together even though we were both still too young to drive. I ended up having to ask my dad to drive me to the movie to meet my bf there, but my dad ended up buying a ticket too. I felt so guilty about making him sit alone that I spent the ENTIRE moving switching back and forth between sitting by my adolescent bf and my dad.
Jurrasic Park with my dad, my mom and sister saw The Horse Whisperer. I'm not sure but I think I had the same look on my face when you see the first dinos that my son did when he saw dinos for the first time when we saw Jurrasic World.
STAR WARS in 1977 as a young boy was like going to a live event. Packed theaters, cheering crowds! Walking out I asked my dad if he thought they would make another one. He said, of course, the bad guy got away!
My mom took me to see The Rugrats Movie (I was obsessed with the show) and I loved it so much, she took me to see it again. One of the best memories I have of her!
It tore me to pieces. Just like Lisa.
My dad took me to see James Bond, Man with the Golden Gun, awful movie for a 5 year old. Didn't care, I miss my dad. Very much.
Swiss Family Robinson. It's where our mom took me and my sister while my dad moved out of our home ಥ_ಥ
I saw Lilo & Stitch in the theater with my mom when I was a youngin and we had to leave about thirty minutes in because I was scared of Stitch :P
This was in the early 1970s, when I was around 7. Dad took us to see Ring of Bright Water, a Disney flick about a man who adopted an otter named Mij. The otter was beaten to death with a shovel by a nasty neighbor. I was horrified and could not stop thinking about it, and although I was a pretty stoic kid, I finally burst into hysterical tears in the grocery store. Still traumatized by that, over 40 years later.
Grandad took me to see Starship Troopers when I was like 9, I remember him putting his cap over my face at the shower scene. After about 2 seconds he gave up and just said a screw it
I remember seeing Fantastic Voyage when I was a kid. It was at a local neighborhood viewing in the late 1960's. So actual movie projector with a smaller screen in a sort of community center, but not real movie theater.
I remember one night when the people who were playing the movies announced they had Planets of the Apes coming soon. That was a pretty big deal back then.
But my memory of actually seeing a movie is strongest for Fantastic Voyage. It was 60's era effects, but the idea of shrinking a team of people down so they could do brain surgery from *inside* the patient's brain? That's pretty cool when you're 6 or 7 years old.
Without a doubt Return of the Jedi. The world for most young boys of that time revolved around Star Wars and Return of the Jedi was going to be the most anticipated thing of our lives up to that point. I remember the lineup was literally blocks down the sidewalk of the main street. We even had time to pop into a restaurant and eat a late lunch and come back out to our spot in line. Not one kid complained and 3 showings later our turn came up to see the movie!
The worst memory I vividly recall is the 1982 run of Disney's Fantasia. I remember kids in the theatre crying and my friends mom, who was there with us, looking around at all these kids crying and saying to my mom, "This movie is a terrible children's movie." I thought it was ok at the time but nowhere near Disney's Black Hole whose [laser guns](https://youtu.be/oj2fpKO173w
), again me being a Star Wars kid, were the best sounding I had ever heard.
I saw the original Star Wars in the theater when I was a kid in the late 70s. Though I've watched it more times than I can count now, I recall that the only things I remembered about it were the trash compactor scene and the trench run.
Night at the Museum 1 in IMAX. I sat on the floor because a woman refused to move her bags and my mom refused to say anything to her
The original Rocky movie. I was in elementary school and coming out of the theater we were all amped up and were looking for other kids to fight with.
I was 13 when the original Alien came out. I sat there, completely caught up in the movie, forgetting I was even in a theater. I was just as trapped in my seat as they were trapped on that ship.
i was 7 when my family took me to a screening of Casino Royale,i remember watching the opening parkour scene that I knew I was in for a treat
Jurassic Park was probably the most formative. I was a dinosaur obsessed 8 year old. Just pure magic that made me fall in love with movies. I still remember the theater rumbling with the t-rex roar the first time.
Star Wars in 1977. I had just turned 5. It was life changing (Star Wars, not turning 5).
My first cinema experience I remember was Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. I was a voracious fantasy reader, so when it was announced I decided I had to read the book first. It was a bit of a struggle for 9 year old me, but I got through it, and my mom bought us tickets to go on opening night. It totally blew me away.
Midnight premiere of Batman Begins. It was a bit of a dark movie for a very young child. Still one of my all time favorites. Definitely felt different watching it as an adult.
Return of the Jedi in theatre is my earliest movie going memory.
Hook. Damn that movie is fucking magical. The only problem was It ended up that I saw it three times in theaters. With my family, then daycare and oddly enough church. Glad it was actually a good movie.
Watched it with my daughters a while back, both of them cuddled up next to me. The feels were strong that night.
I dont even remember what it was I was seeing, but I went to the bathroom during the film (probably just old enough to go on my own) and accidentally walked back into the wrong theater. I do remember what that theater was playing: The Perfect Storm.
I vividly remember the utter chaos and confusion of the storm mixed with me trying to find my family and eventually slipping out to realize it was the wrong movie.
Jurassic Park, I was 9 years old. The scene near the end where they are crawling above the Raptors, I was sitting with my legs tucked up to my chest I was so tense. When Lex is hanging through the ceiling and just gets pulled up as the Raptor jumps to bite her legs I jumped up out of my seat and fell backwards onto the person sitting behind me.
Well I'm 14 so...
Anyways Baby Driver. It was rated 15 in the UK (which meant I was restricted from watching it) and I was 13 at the time. It was the last day it was showing but I took the chance anyways. Bought tickets at self service and went up, the guy just looked at me, didn't even ask for I.D. and said "Enjoy."
I was so happy and it ended up being my favourite film of the year.
I thought I could retry this luck with Blade Runner 2049.
They didn't let me in.
Third time's the charm so gonna try with Soldado.
Fantasia. Those dancing mops. I was asleep for everything else.
Return of the Jedi, Jaba the hutt. He woke me up, then I remember seeing everything after that to the end.
I knew nothing else about these two franchises for the next 10~15 years.
Spongebob Movie when I was a kid, I feel like that's the most satisfied by a movie I've ever been. Me and my siblings quoted it for ages afterwards. I go to the cinema quite a lot now and it's pretty repetitive, but that was the first time I remember being really entertained by a movie.
I had a huge fight with my parents and left the house to clear my head (without a phone and without telling anyone). I walked to my best friend's house (which was not nearby-- it took at least an hour) and showed up unannounced. Her family was just heading out to the movies and brought me along to see...Finding Nemo.