Earlier today, the Twitter followers of comedian Patton Oswalt (Young Adult, Ratatouille) were privy to a rare skewering of one of the leaders in theatrical distribution as the comic turned to the social media platform in order to vent his frustration with being turned away from a 1 PM showing of Prometheus. The actor took to Regal for a screening of the Ridley Scott-directed film only to find out the venue was having trouble with its projector and they had to cancel the showing. To make matters worse, other screenings were sold out and….well…I will let Oswalt take it from here:
Seeing PROMETHEUS in 47 minutes. Haven’t read anything about it. Are there spaceships in it? I do NOT tolerate spaceships in movies.
Hey, Regal Theaters? Go fuck yourselves. No 1pm PROMETHEUS screening. “Somethin’ with th’ projectah. I dunno.”
“All the other shows’re sold out. Yeah. Sorry.” — Regal Theaters. Take a bow, guys!
Luckily, they have ONE exhausted, confused girl to handle the out-to-the sidewalk line of angry refund seekers.
@dannyhatch: @pattonoswalt The Union Square 14 Regal sucks. If that’s where you are, I feel for you. // Yep. Never coming back.
PROMETHEUS was a washout. Fuck you again, @REGALTHEATRES. A summer rain’s starting outside & I’m drinking tea & watching SHAMPOO.
It is at that point that AMC Theaters offered the comedian a free ticket to which Oswalt replied:
@AMCTheatres That is ridiculously kind, but I am in for the rest of the day. See, @REGALTHEATRES? See how it’s done?
@AMCTheatres I’ll see PROMETHEUS next week in Chicago. I’m hearing nothing but raves about it.
@RegalMovies @kylekinane Sorry.
@AMCTheatres is bringing me home from the PROMETHEUS dance. Maybe invest in a working projector?
Also, I NEVER want special treatment. I want to WATCH THE MOVIE I PURCHASED A TICKET FOR.
.@timheidecker going to see it in 1 hour at arclight. // Fuck
@ArcLightCinemas. With their functional projectors & respect for customers.
.@AMCTheatres Thank you, but I HATE freebies. I pay for stuff I like so more of the stuff I like gets made. That’s how it works.
.@RegalMovies Be happy
@marcmaron & @eddiepepitone weren’t with me when you guys shit the bed. #helterskelter
.@ChrisCollinsNJ Waah, I didn’t get to see a movie. My life is so terrible. // You’re right. BUT IT WILL NOT QUELL MY RAGE. MY RAAAGE!!
The point of all this is that big companies sometime can really screw the pooch, and it is pretty damn entertaining when a celebrity gets pissed off enough to slam them on Twitter. I hope you all enjoyed the skewering.