I Drove 600 Miles To See TENET In IMAX
On September 3rd, 2020 I drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas so I could see Christopher Nolan's new film Tenet in a theater. To explain why I did this I should give some context about myself.
Before the pandemic hit, I regularly went to the movie theaters around three to four times a month. I love watching new movies on the big screen whenever possible, no home theater can ever recreate that feeling for me, unless of course its a full-size theater in a home (one can dream). I majored in film studies in college and was lucky to watch a bunch of older films from All About Eve to Psycho on the big screen. Movies on the biggest screen with the best sound possible is really the only way to truly absorb a film in my opinion.
Driving 300 miles to see a movie and then 300 back home on the same day does seem a bit outrageous, but this wasn't just some movie. This was a Christopher Nolan movie, and if you're reading this I'm sure you know that Nolan films are made to be seen on the largest possible screen. So when this movie opened on September 3rd there were no theaters open to the public in all of Los Angeles County. Therefore I made the very reasonable decision to find the closes IMAX theater and well it just so happened to be in Las Vegas.
This is not a review of the film, and I'm not going to speak on the theater's quality or how the projector overheated right at the climax and how we had to rewatch the ending twice. All I am going to say is watching Tenet in theaters was a hundred percent worth it no matter how far I had to travel. The film's opening sequence was so incredibly epic and well-directed that I had chills all over my body watching it.
I'm not really sure what this blog is about but, I just hope movie theaters are able to stay open for as long humans are making big stories for big screens. I also made a little video about the experience if you want to see and hear me explain the journey.