Pop spills, deserted popcorn cornels, and crashed out teenagers is all that is left from the Avengers Ultimate Movie Marathon except for the memories. After fourteen hours of action packed movies the long awaited kick-off to summer superhero movies arrived. The biggest names in the Marvel Universe fought forces never before captured on the big screen and some lucky viewers got to see it from the beginning of the series.
From the costumed fans yelling smack, to the elderly who came for a cheap afternoon hang out–this was a wild event. Harkins Theater 16 was packed to the rafters with talk of “who-would-win-in-a-fight” discussions.
The theater handed out special commemorative backpacks filled with a comic, a few coupons, and candy. Each attendee as received a badge for reentering in case anyone wanted to leave food or just to walk around. With the option of loyalty cups and other discounts this was also a cheap day adventure.
There were issues however as backpacks soon became “seat savers” creating a problem for people who had gotten really awful seats. The problem was they had really awful seats for 12 hours instead of just the normal 2 (and they received a great pain in the lower back and neck).
Staff was nearly always on hand however handling complaints, quieting nosy customers, and generally babysitting. For the mature audience this was a great service.
Otherwise the only really big issue for the event was space. It was fun having a “one big family” approach with all the marathoners in one room. However there was nothing between films (like trivia, singing, sketches, or costumed staff members) to entertain the weary crowd for the most part. This is not necessarily the fault of Harkins but a second overflow theater or a reason for the crowding would have greatly increased the experience.
Overall the men and women of Harkins 16 in Bricktown performed admirably and this was a great experience. They controlled a rowdy theater of comic enthusiasts and did so with a smile. For their courage I award 4 out of 5 dancing hamsters.