The February 14th opening of Beautiful Creatures is fast approaching — and if theaters plan to offer midnight release screenings, then you are exactly two weeks away from an initial viewing of the hotly-anticipated adaptation of the best-selling novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
So far, only a handful of theaters have started announcing screening times — but if you plan to camp out for a screening at midnight, or any time on opening day, plan ahead with these essentials:
1. Your Best Fan Gear
Don’t show up for a midnight screening in cognito. This is the time to let your fandom pride show. Come decked out in Caster gear, like these new official movie t-shirts, or make your own version of Lena’s necklace. You can even glam up using the Beautiful Creatures makeup palette — or create a Caster-worthy manicure if you’re creative with nail polish.
2. Activities for All
You’ll probably want to have your copy of Beautiful Creatures handy (especially with the new movie tie-in paperback cover), but don’t spend the whole evening with your nose in a book. Half the fun of a midnight screening is making new friends and goofing off in line. Bring small, simple activities you can do in line with friends (new and old). Think card games, movie trivia, and the like. And of course, don’t forget your camera to capture all the fun.
3. Snacks for Sustenance
Some theaters won’t let you bring in outside food, even when camping out for a midnight screening. If that’s the case, you’ll have to make do with whatever food your theater offers.
But if you can bring your own food, pack a small selection of snacks. Sure, you’ll probably want treats like chips and candy, but toss in some fresh fruits and veggies, and protein like nuts and cheese. These good-for-you goods will help keep your energy up for the late night movie.
4. Tushie Cushie
This is only necessary if you’ll be waiting for more than an hour before the movie starts — such as is the case with a midnight release.
In most cases, you’ll be camped out on the floor of a movie theater or the ground outside for several hours until you’re allowed inside the theater itself. Bringing camp chairs can be a huge hassle, and in many cases, they’re not allowed anyway. But a “tushie cushie” will keep you from getting a sore behind, and it’s easy to tuck under your set when you get into the theater.
Use a piece of seating foam (from the craft or fabric store), a stadium cushion, or even just a pillow. You and your behind will thank me later!
5. A Good Attitude
Don’t forget to relax and have fun! But also remember to be polite and respect other fans. Have a good time, but when the lights dim, shut your trap and enjoy the movie. No one wants to hear fans screaming during the movie.
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