Over at the Facebook Sequel Group (https://facebook.com/groups/backtobarsoom) there have been a number of reports lately that are similar to this one — so many that I decided to share this one, which is from Daria Brooks and Madeline Gann, two sisters who have now seen John Carter in theaters something in excess of 25 times. The theater they reference is the Picture Show at Mainplace Mall in Santa Ana, CA, where, according to the company’s website, shows are $2 except for Tuesdays, when they are $1. (UPDATE: Daria Brooks confirms that the 3D tickets for John Carter were $4.) Clearly this isn’t going make a big dent in the box office figures …. but it’s still heartening to see the film finding an audience and generating new fans even at this late stage of the theatrical run.
Here is Daria’s report:
If you are anywhere around Santa Ana CA and starving for a “John Carter” fix, you have to check out the screenings at Picture Show at the Main Place Mall! Sis and I went yesterday for the 6:55p screening and can say that we have never seen a more enthusiastic audience, with the exception of our “Last Trip To Barsoom.” There were easily 225-250 people there for the 3D show and they had a BLAST–they laughed and cheered freely at the right places, adored Woola (of course!) AND GAVE THE MOVIE A LONG OVATION AT THE END! This is ELEVEN weeks into this movie’s release and it is packing this theater (and nothing to do with “The Avengers,” mind you). The best part: In the final scene where John shoots the Bowler Hat Thern, a little kid yelled, “He’s still alive?!” It was hilarious to say the least. We were so thrilled at the response–it was truly amazing! “JOHN CARTER LIVES” indeed!
Madeline Gann adds:
I was shocked to see it was almost a sold-out screening and in such large theatre. Folks just loved Woola and enjoyed every minute of the film. It’s nice to be in another crowd that voiced such an emotional response to the story. The women said, “Aaaahhhhh,” when John took a knee to propose to Dejah and when Woola was left behind at the River Iss. Oddly, a few people even clapped when John cut off Sab’s arm. The ovation at the end of the film was super cool. It’s great to see that ‘John Carter’ is still bringing in the crowds and pleasing audiences this long after its release.
These reports, and others like them, remind me of the cool 1950’s retro trailer that one of the fans made — if you missed it, here it is again: