In December of 2002 we braved the sub-zero temperatures of a Colorado winter and discovered movie camping. The idea was simple—spend the night outside our local cinema before seeing the first showing of "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." Friends visited us bringing lighthearted ridicule, and a thermos of hot chocolate. As we huddled around our campfire—a slowly oscillating space heater—we experienced that nostalgic feeling of escape, anticipation, and kinship. We rediscovered "camp."
We weren't the only ones who had stumbled upon movie camping's joys. We developed friendly rivalries with other campers over the arbitrary satisfaction of "first in line." One of these was Alex Billington, founder of FirstShowing.net. A mutual love of movies, and a fresh new website hungry for content led to plans to enhance the movie experience. Our winter tents and sleeping bags evolved into elaborate and lengthy summer campouts for highly anticipated movies. We became known for our "living room" campsites, and developed a love for anticipation-building events. We held individual and crowd challenges starring the anxious fans waiting in line. Trivia and costume contests were staples among various games requiring creativity, determination, skill, and usually a dash of luck. Winners received themed prizes, movie posters and other promotional items for the film we were celebrating, and lucky fans caught our custom-designed t-shirts amidst the frenzy of a sold out midnight screening.
Movies are awesome, we want more. We want awesome-er.
So stay curious. Stop by one of our campouts, have some popcorn, try to beat us at Super Mario Kart, seriously... try it. Learn more about upcoming events and hey, maybe give camping a shot. We're a community of fans, a gathering of people with a common love of movies, friends who have yet to meet. Movie camping isn't for everyone. It's for anyone.
We believe that even the simple courage to ask, "What IS this?" is a great way to meet people, and explain what we do. If you'd like to receive information when Movie Camp is holding a campout or event, keep in touch with us on facebook, and twitter, and sign up for our email list below to be the first to hear about exclusive Movie Camp screenings.
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