WHEN: 1:00pm EST, May 1, 2013 (give or take some trailers)
WHERE: A completely empty theater at the Cinemagic Grand in South Portland, Maine
FORMAT: 3D digital projection.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Somewhat glad to be done with all this.
ONE LAST TIME:
It was an odd experience sitting in the empty theater on the next to last day of Jurassic Park‘s 3D run. It has been great having the opportunity to see a film I love so much up on the big screen, even if there is a distracting extra dimension in the mix. But it’s over now. The film, though briefly brought back from cinematic extinction, is now returning to the realm of home video. I have now seen Jurassic Park in theaters more times than any other movie. The charm of having it encompass nearly my entire field of vision has not yet worn off, though paying $10 or more each week for it has.
But, judging by the completely empty theater, the appeal to people who don’t have to watch the movie every week has faded completely. Even the man responsible for collecting the 3D glasses seemed to have forgotten about this showing. I had to seek him out, behind the concession counter, after the movie. He took them with a scowl, and I was not thanked for visiting his cinema. The meteor had hit, the sun had been blocked out. All that was left was for JP3D to curl up and die. By attending this showing, I felt as though I was only prolonging the inevitable.
Like this Triceratops, Jurassic Park was brought back from the dead, but didn’t stay healthy for long.
After over a month watching this film in theaters, I occasionally catch myself asking: was it worth re-releasing Jurassic Park in theaters? The following are some thoughts, which may or may not be relevant.