The Pristine Movie-Going Experience with the Mysterious Academy

The Capricious Narrator

Of the elusive pursuits of the world, being able to go to a movie where you don’t get pulled out of the experience every few minutes by your fellow theater patrons’ talking, texting, or kicking your seat is as frustratingly difficult as catching a chupacabra on film. Equally as mysterious is the identity of the folks that voted Shakespeare in Love best picture over Saving Private Ryan in 1998. So in the course of one fall evening I set out to see if I could accomplish both the goal of a perfect movie experience with an actual audience and lay my eyes on members of the shadowy Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

I received a friend’s invitation to see a screening of Ridley Scott’s The Martian at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California. George Lucas knows how to build a theater. The 300-seat Stag Theater is the bleeding…

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