With all the excitement surrounding Pixar's next two brilliant films being released later this year, Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, I've been reminiscing on when their last movie, Monsters University, arrived in theaters.
I don't usually do two posts in a day, but today I couldn't help it as I thought it would be fun to take a look back to the Spring of 2013 when MU was all the hype...
College Advanced Screening- April 24th 2013
The first time we saw Monsters University in theaters was actually at an advanced screening (roughly two months before the June 21st US release)! When we found out that there were select theaters around the country that were going to be pre-screening MU for college students, we had to find the closest participating theater immediately. We found out the closest would be on April 24th in Salt Lake City, Utah (about four hours away). Needless to say, we marked the calendar without any hesitation and with no questions asked. It was a done deal!
When the day came, we anxiously (and with much excitement) made the long trip down to the Salt Lake Megaplex 12 at the Gateway Mall. We got our tickets early - and without a hitch - and waited the few more hours until the premiere.
While we waited, we headed over to the Disney Store which was just down the street. It just so happened that the first batch of MU merch was just released there that day! Perfect timing right? I had no idea. The coolest part was that I was able to pick up an "OK" Fraternity T-shirt to wear over to the screening. I was so pumped!
About 45 minutes before the movie started, we went back over to the theater to secure us a good spot in line. We of course needed fantastic seats - that was a must!
My cousin Jake and his wife Jordan met Brita and I there as well. They were super excited too! Below is a pic of us right as we were about to go in (right before we were required to leave all phones, cameras, etc. outside of the screening room)...and yes we did end up getting really great seats! We all LOVED the film and couldn't wait to see it again when it arrived in theaters officially.
I also vividly remember a few people coming up to me after and saying "cool shirt!!" or "No way! Where'd you get that shirt??" They were impressed I had a tee from the film already.
Night Before Screening- June 20th 2013
About two months later, we were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to catch the film for the second time (and it wouldn't be the last - I probably ended up seeing it about five times in theaters total). Our theater in town was having a screening at 8:00 the night before release on June 20th! Another "early" screening? Oh yah, count us in.
There we have it- our fun adventures with Monsters University in theaters! I cannot WAIT for Pixar's 2015 offerings, but like my Grandad always said "well, you're gonna have to." When the time finally comes, I'll be posting a similar documentation here. Look for that in June (Inside Out) and then again in November (The Good Dinosaur)!