Historic Fargo Theatre takes on high-tech blockbuster “Iron Man 2″
By: John Lamb, INFORUM
Adam Gustad set up a chair outside the Fargo Theatre at noon on Thursday, waiting for the midnight premiere of “Iron Man 2.”
The 12-hour wait wasn’t the longest for the 19-year-old Fargo man, but it was one of the most colorful. By 8:30 p.m., he’d already been blessed by a drunken man and mocked by a pair of seemingly intoxicated middle-aged women.
Such was one of the many unique aspects of a blockbuster opening at downtown’s historic theater versus Century 10 or West Acres 14, the first-run cineplexes near the mall.
Comments from strangers didn’t bother Gustad, who got his ticket when they went on sale last week. Still, he was first in line to get the best view, saying that because the Fargo’s screen is set back on its stage and the orchestra pit pushes seats back, front-row seats are prime.
While some movie-goers grumbled about the special effects spectacle opening at the older theater and not a newer one, Gustad was pleased about the setting.