Alamo Drafthouse is Doing Screenings for “Wonder Woman” That Only Allow Female Audiences


Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! Before we begin this post I want to remind you all that “Wonder Woman,” one of my most anticipated films of the year, comes out next week at the beginning of June. I’ll have a review for that film as soon as possible, I actually currently have tickets to see it next Thursday at 7:00 so I can’t wait to get this out to you guys! Anyway, on the topic of “Wonder Woman,” some news just came out recently concerning the movie.

One cinema chain featuring the upcoming “Wonder Woman” film is doing something you wouldn’t normally see a movie theater do, in fact, I’m willing to bet this could be the first time a cinema has done this. On select days which “Wonder Woman” will be shown in theaters, there will be showings of the film that only allow women to enter the auditorium. So far from what I’m reading, a lot of men are complaining about this. I live in Wakefield, MA, so I don’t have any of these theaters around me, so I personally am less likely to have any of these “women-exclusive” showings nearby.

I bet you’re wondering, how do I personally feel about this? Well, personally, I was a little concerned at first, but my pain has been somewhat relieved, although I’m still worried.

As mentioned, this is one of my most anticipated films of 2017, and that’s one factor of why I chose to see the film as early as possible, but part of me wonders how this movie is going to do on its opening weekend. I actually checked one of the Alamo Drafthouse locations, the one in downtown Brooklyn to be specific, and noticed that there was a showing for women only that was already sold out for Monday, June 5th, so women probably do like this idea. I even noticed this with one of their locations around the Austin, TX area. Although these types of showings are also on the opening weekend, and the one I noticed has yet to sell out (last time I checked), I guess it was added as I’m writing this because these shows, when first announced, sold out pretty fast from what I gathered.

I mentioned before that men were complaining about this, I can understand where they are coming from personally, there are a lot of people who want to see the new “Wonder Woman” film, and perhaps some of these men are married, have a girlfriend, or have kids. Because of these showtimes, someone that a man knows and wants to go see this movie with could be a woman that may see this showing and choose to go to this one instead of taking the man they know along with them. On the bright side, that guy could call up some of his friends and see if they’re all available, unless of course, you’re kinda like me and don’t have many friends. One of the common complaints I heard from men is that this just throws the gender equality thing out the window. Believe it or not, I see where these guys are coming from, but just a reminder guys, the new “Transformers” is coming out, maybe then Alamo Drafthouse will only let guys in for some screenings. By the way, the new “Transformers” movie looks like s*it, I’ll review it, but it just looks f*cking awful.

As for women, I do think these women-only screenings are a good opportunity for them to hang out with women they know, and the more I research about it, the less offensive it becomes. From memory, my first exposure to this was on Twitter, then later on my research increased, then I came across the number of screenings like this. There are several screenings for “Wonder Woman” listed on the showtimes at various Alamo Drafthouse cinemas, very few of them are only for women. If every single screening at every single Alamo Drafthouse cinema was a female exclusive screening, there would be a big problem, but this is something I can live with. Although if I were a woman, would I be excited about this? Probably not, while it may seem like a step towards equality (from the way Alamo Drafthouse may be trying to advertise this), I would much rather go see this in a theater that would focus more on the movie experience itself as opposed to a theater that lets certain people in. Like if you want a specification, I’d rather go see this movie in IMAX 3D, this looks like one of those movies that would be awesome to watch in that format. By the way, the showing I’m going to is not an IMAX 3D showing, it is 3D, but there weren’t many IMAX showtimes listed when I was getting the tickets.

“Wonder Woman” is in theaters everywhere including IMAX Friday, June 2, there also will be special screenings going on June 1, this movie looks amazing, I’m excited for it, can’t wait. So, I want to ask you, what are your thoughts on the “Wonder Woman” female exclusive screenings? Also, just a fun fact, if I had to choose a celebrity crush, it would probably be Gal Gadot, the star of “Wonder Woman,” so I’ll ask you, who’s your celebrity crush? Also fellas, before “Wonder Woman” comes out, I’ll probably be reviewing another movie, for now, my best guess on that upcoming review will be for “Snatched,” it’s a new comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, if I see it, I’ll review it, but the future is uncertain on that.

One more notification to you all before this post is complete, I’m still doing my series of “Spider-Man” reviews leading up to “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” June is coming up soon which means I’ll be talking about “The Amazing Spider-Man,” a movie I’m personally not excited to talk about, but you know what? I’m a professional movie critic–err I mean, professional movie watching asshat so I’m gonna do this. Stay tuned for my suffering and let’s just hope I won’t die before I get around to reviewing this piece of crap. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!


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