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The latest Star Trek movie seemed like a great opportunity to get everyone in the London tech scene out for a geek-out session at a cinema. But despite talking to cinemas about private screenings I drew a blank. But there’s clearly a crowd-sourcing option here which is this: TechCrunch readers all buying tickets at the same cinema for the same day and screening time.

District 9 looks like your classic sci-fi fare (and by endorsed by Peter Jackson no less). So I suggest we get sourcing a good cinema in London where we can all pre-book tickets and (cough) it’s on a day I can come (i.e. not next week please). I don’t know when District 9 comes out but it’s in the “the summer” so I’m guessing August or at least it’ll still be out in early September.

What do you all think?

  • http://www.bookingbug.com Glenn Shoosmith

    I think that sounds a good idea. Did you try the Curzon Soho ? They hire screens out for private showing and things, it’ll depend on if they’re getting that movie though.

    That said – crowd sourcing means you don’t have to stress about minimum numbers and deposits are anything else!

  • Basheera Khan

    I am there! :-)

  • http://www.zensify.com Bastian Lehmann

    I’m in mate!

  • Joanne Jacobs

    IMDB information for District 9
    Release Date: 4 September 2009 (UK)

    Do you have a venue and session time in mind?

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com/author/milo-yiannopoulos/ Milo Yiannopoulos

    I’m in.

  • http://www.interventtech.net claire_w

    Love the flicks. Sounds like an awesome way to consume some sci-fi

  • http://www.zensify.com Bastian Lehmann

    Better trailer without the blurry face:


  • http://www.idiotabroad.com Geoffrey McCaleb


    Awesome trailer….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave_Nattriss/782095485 Dave Nattriss

    Couple of niggles:

    – it’s not ‘by’ Peter Jackson, he’s just endorsing it (like Tarantino did for Hero and Hostel)
    – it’s not out for another 4 weeks, and regular cinemas tend not to announce screening times let alone booking options until a few days before a film will be shown (unless it’s a massive release… which this isn’t)
    – a private screening will cost a fortune, and we’ve no idea if the film is any good (no previous pedigree) to warrant spending that much on going to see it

    However, a meet-up is a fun idea as always, but maybe wait until nearer the time.

    Other suitable hire-able venues, if people want to take the risk, might include The Roxy Bar And Screen by London Bridge and the Electric Cinema at Notting Hill (both have armchairs and sofas and a bar at the back!), and also the various London ones in the Picturehouse chain.

    Lots more info on the film at http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt1136608/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam_Charnock/61303892 Adam Charnock

    Count me in!

  • http://twitter.com/jamesproud James Proud

    I’m there!

  • Dom Sparks

    Great idea. Uk release date is September 4th though :)

  • http://crave.cnet.co.uk Rich Trenholm

    Heck, count me in

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

    Since 4th Sept is a Friday night and lots of people would rather do something else, I’m thinking Sept 8, a Tuesday. What say you all?

  • Basheera Khan

    Sep 8th suits me fine. :-)

  • Ross Tweedie

    sounds like a great idea.

  • http://www.lbangels.co.uk/ Chris Padfield

    These venues are hireable:


    And they are smaller, so should not cost as much, although they are “premium” cinemas so cost more than some on a per ticket basis.

    • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

      screw that, I would rather flood a public place. My experience of trying to organise with these premium cinemas is that they are a pain in the proverbial.

  • Nick Bell

    how many does the hospital club cinema hold?

    • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

      Not enough Nick.

  • http://www.twitter/albertonardelli Alberto

    Sept 8th works well – I’m in!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve_Kennedy/739980633 Steve Kennedy

    Could book an Everyman cinema (the one in Belsize Park is particularly nice and happens to be quite close to me :)

    Soho House has a private cinema if you can find a film to play …


    • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

      I’m thinking more central. And big.

  • http://twitter.com/sgy Grace

    I’m in!

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

    Ok, all we need now is a big central london cinema we can pre-book at. Any ideas?

  • http://www.techchuff.com TechChuff

    I’d love to come but I have to see my auntie that weekend. Do you want to come over to my house and play Guitar Hero on the weekend of the 26th? Don’t ask Mike to come though- he did a smelly in my parents toilet on my birthday.

  • http://www.calvinrobinson.co.uk/ Calvin Robinson

    I’m in.

    You could take ticket fares via eventbrite or something, then book all the seats up front?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hermione_Way/511466982 Hermione Way

    I want to come! Wooop!

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