Rage Against Suburban Zombie-ism
Friday, September 18, 2009


I really hate to "bite the hand that feeds me", but I'm really pissed.

Yesterday, I finally had the chance to take advantage of my pass by watching some movies...or so I thought. I went onto your website to jot down what was playing, time, location, and the titles that I'd actually be interested in watching.

There's a 'R' on my pass which, to my knowledge, means that I can only get into screenings, either Public or P&I, from the Rush Line. I adhered to this rule by getting into that line and asking the FOHA whether or not there was space for me. There was only a few people in-line and my film was gonna start in 5 minutes.

The FOHA spoke to someone over her headset and I was told to go to the Box Office. All normal procedure up 'til this point.

Once I reached the Box Office, I was told that I would have to PAY to watch the film. $PAY$. In the 10 years that I've worked there, I have NEVER PAID to watch any films. And please note that the theatre was fuckin' empty...EMPTY. There were no crowds, lines, it was Day 7 of the Festival.

I don't think I would've felt as humiliated/offended/frustrated if it weren't for the fact that I had gotten into a film, for FREE, the night prior, from the Rush Line, at another theatre. My anger stemmed more from the fact that the rules seemed completely inconsistent.

I realise "rules are rules", but c'mon...Day 7, everyone had already made an exodus from Toronto (2-3 days ago!), it was a complete Ghost Town.

Instead of making a scene at the theatre by asking to speak to the "Manager", I just crumpled up my list of films that I wanted to see and decided to seek some retail therapy!

That too did not help as Fall '09 trends, as per the mall, were less than inspiring.


posted by Stephania at 11:48 am
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