Good morning -
ShieldMaiden, Mom, Little Sis and I are going to a midnight release event tomorrow! Thought about posting this, since I know in a lot of areas midnight release events are excuses to get drunk and rowdy.
That is not our experience in our area, so a few basic rules that are true to our area are:
1. The midnight release is for fans. If you do not like the movie/book the movie is based on and are only going to riff on the movie, don't go to the midnight release. That's just wrong.
2. Yes, we are all very excited. Please do not scream and shout, there is no reason for it and no one appreciates it when they are stuck in line with you for 4+ hours.
3. It long past when the theater is usually closed, I know. However, that does not mean that the rules of the theater are moot.
4. Please do not bring alcohol to the theater because I will tell on you.
5. Quiet during the movie. Impulsive applause, etc is appreciated as long as it is short of duration and has full audience participation. If it's only you and your seat buddy applauding, it means you have to stop!
6. Be kind and courteous to the theater workers. It is very late for them and they have to stay after as well - clean up your stuff so they can be done faster!
7. No jumping line!! In my experience, it doesn't work because people who have been there since 9pm will have no hesitation pointing out that you slipped in front of them at 11:30pm. Chances are, you will be told to go to the back of the line or, in many cases, you will be removed from the theater.
8. Saving spots in line must be reasonable. One or two people? Fine. 15-30? Unacceptable. I'd say any more than 5 people and they should get to the back of the line. (this happened last time we went to one of these and it turned into a HUGE thing as this one girl came at about 9:30ish and more people started trickling in behind her at around 11ish. The people who had been standing in line since 9:30 were not amused and the cops and theater management ended up making all the people that weren't there get to the back of the line. Then we got into the theater, and the girl was refusing to let anyone sit in two rows because she was saving for her friends
If you think of anything else, let me know!