Stuff to Watch podcast: Confessions of a 1990s cinema worker

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My name is James Croot and – for three years during the mid-1990s – I worked at a New Zealand multiplex cinema.

It was a crazy time when the foyers were regularly bursting with blockbuster-seeking audiences, we used Ghostbuster-style backpacks to clean up popcorn spills and had to hand-roll the ice-creams.

Between working on the bar (please don’t ask me what was in the “Cool Runnings”), ushering, slaving away in the candy bar and keeping the ticket sales lines to a minimum, there were plenty of memorable incidents, from the two times ambulance were needed because of fainting patrons (thanks to certain scenes in Pulp Fiction and Interview with a Vampire) to the night I had to keep the film reel moving by hand on Warlock because the projector platter system had failed.

However, inspired by Duke’s screening of Demolition Man this Saturday night at 9.30pm, I was reminded recently of the evening I had a near-riot on my hands early in 1994. A full house in Cinema 6 were not prepared for the opening scene’s gunplay , mainly because they were expecting to see a far more sober, award-winning drama…You’ll have to listen to our latest podcast episode to find out more.

Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock were not what one multiplex crowd were expecting back in early 1994.

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Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock were not what one multiplex crowd were expecting back in early 1994.

Also on this week’s Stuff to Watch podcast, we’re talking:

What We Do in the Shadows (Neon): Fresh from being nominated for seven Emmy Awards, this Kiwi-inspired US vampiric comedy is back – and arguably better than ever.

Virgin River (Netflix): Yes, it’s soapy as hell, but this warm, comforting Martin Henderson-led US drama might just be the best show on TV right now.

Persuasion (Netflix): Don’t let the Dakota Johnson-haters “Prejudice” you, see “Sense” and take a chance on this Fleabag-esque adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel.

The Old Man (Disney+): Jeff Bridges’ first foray into TV is a terrific thriller about a former CIA operative with a murky past.

Before he was a reviewer, James Croot worked at a multiplex for three years in the mid-1990s.

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Before he was a reviewer, James Croot worked at a multiplex for three years in the mid-1990s.

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