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In Chicago? Wanna see IRON MAN with Capone?

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here, with a mega-event planned for those of you in the Chicago area (and even maybe a few of you willing to travel to Chicago) next week. In so many ways, this is the AICN event I've been trying to make happen in Chicago for all the years I've been hosting early screenings and inviting the readership to watch them along with me. On a fairly regular basis, I've experienced a condition known in the medical community as "Alamo Drafthouse Envy." The sad fact is that there just isn't a venue like the Drafthouse in Chicago, so I've done everything in my power over the years to bring those in Chicagoland a taste of the special guests and film events that the folks in Austin love and appreciate. The month of April has been the first time where I feel like I've fulfilled my duties as AICN's Chicago representative to the best of my ability. Last week, I had the creators of SON OF RAMBOW on hand to watch and discuss their movie to a packed house; this week I've got a post-screening Q&A with the star (Seann William Scott) and director of the very funny film THE PROMOTION. But next week, I've got the mother of all AICN events in Chicago. Thanks to the lovely folks at Paramount Pictures, we've got an early screening of the film that officially kicks off the summer movie season (who cares if spring just started?). We've got motherfucking IRON MAN, and we've got the whole theater--all 212 seats--to ourselves. This is the biggest event AICN has ever held in Chicago, and I couldn't be more excited. The screening takes place the evening of Monday, April 28 at the AMC River East 21 theatre at 7:30. That's right, we're seeing this baby a full four days before opening day. Hell, we're seeing IRON MAN before a lot of the critics in Chicago are seeing it! So how do you score yourself a ticket (for you and a guest)? Obviously, I've got many seats to give away, but these are going to go fast. So read this very carefully; if you stray a single letter from the rules, you won't get in. The contest is open until midnight on the evening of Thursday, April 24 (which means you have a little less than two-and-a-half days to contact me). I'm going to keep this simple and fair, but I need proof from you guys that I'm letting in the 200-plus folks who care the most about seeing and experiencing IRON MAN. Send me an email to: with the Subject Line: IRON MAN Contest. For the body of the message, I won't set a word limit, but keep it brief and direct: Tell me why you deserve to see this movie before the rest of the world. Bribes will not work, but sincere flattery might. I'm just saying… I'm not looking for begging or sob stories about how rough your life has been lately. I want to hear from die-hard comic book and superhero geeks who have been waiting decades for this film to get made, who have been searching for and eating up every image and video clip of this film that has surfaced over the last few months, who have memorized Quint's interviews with Jon Favreau, Terrence Howard, and Robert Downey Jr. I'm going to have hundreds of entries to choose from, so your job is to convince me that you are worthy of sitting in the same theater as me as I watch this film for the first time. Those who win will get an email from me with screening details, but I'll also post a list of winners on the site before the screening. If you are a confirmed winner, you need to show up and check in (IDs will be checked) no later than 7:15, or your tickets will go to… Stand-by People! For those who don't sway me with your written words, there's another way to see IRON MAN on March 28. Although I don't anticipate any no-shows, I'm sure there will one or two dorks who actually don't show up, and we're going to fill in those last few seats (probably all in the front few rows) with stand-by people. This will not a be a first-come/first-serve situation. I'll devise something to separate the die-hard fans from the usual screening goers (I used to be one of you, so I know how to spot you). There is a slim chance that none of the stand-by people will get in, so please keep that in mind. But if you're feeling lucky, show up and hope for the best. This is a relatively slow week for me, so I plan on spending a great deal of time reading over these entries. I will trash any I feel are lame or insincere; and I will cherish those that dazzle me. I cannot wait to see all of you, and collectively have our minds and bodies rocked by IRON MAN. Brace yourself, people. It's going to be a busy summer. Capone

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  • April 21, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Iron what?

    by Baron Karza


  • April 21, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Yes Please

    by desmond1918

  • April 21, 2008, 8:21 p.m. CST

    I'm Not in Chicago


    You suck.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Even though I live Chicago-ish...

    by cripeman

    I would probably get weirded out seeing this ouside the regular movie setting....cause I kind of think of you guys as figments of my imagination.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by welsh12uk

    Hulk not in Chicago to watch puny tin man's movie. Hulk's move will be better cuz Hulk looks better in jeans than stupid tin boy. Actually the Iron Man Movie looks fantastic-make Hulk sad.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:49 p.m. CST

    relatively slow week?

    by CherryValance

    What, are you only going to 50 movies? You're like a reviewing machine lately. Sounds like fun but I live no where near Chicago.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST

    I'm there!

    by oisin5199

    Capone willing. Gotta brush up on my contest skillz.

  • April 21, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    if it's a slow week...

    by Jubba

    can u pick a winner for the vince vaughn contest on this site?

  • April 21, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Cool?

    by Slartybartfast8

    I felt compelled to sign up on AICN just so that I could write in the talkback that its stuff like this that makes this site so great. Unfortunately I won't be able to make it so I won't even try to apply, (besides GTAIV comes out that day) but I just hope Capone sees people do appreciate all the hard work and dedication they put into this site. I check it like ten times a day, and I'm sick of people being dicks in the talkbacks. You don't like them? Stop coming here. These guys work hard for the stuff they are most passionate about, the same things we all are. FILM. This guy is going to sit and read all of these applications and find the people who really care the most, and that is rare and special. I hope you read this Capone, so you can forget about all these A-holes saying theyd spit in your mouth. Some of us appreciate the work. Fuck the rest.

  • April 21, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Last time Capone"hosted" an event- the theatre was 1/2 empty

    by Jugdish

    That was for Monster Gose- Lets Hope for the same!!! - I hate gettign Sardined in

  • April 21, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST

    My Bad..Monster House

    by Jugdish


  • April 21, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST

    hey now...

    by blackthought

    block e isn't entirely horrible, neither is the lagoon.

  • April 21, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    So, does Tony Stark get Drunk?

    by ironburl

    Or did they save that for the sequel?

  • April 21, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Repulsors as a means of flight thrust...

    by MisterE

    I'm pretty excited for this film, but Iron Man using his hand-mounted Repulsors as a means of flight thrust really bothers me. It seems like it would make it difficult to carry a person or object, or to engage in any air-to-air, hand-to-hand combat. Are the Repulsors used like this in the Ultimate Universe? <p> The Iron Harry animation is super-cool, by the way!

  • April 21, 2008, 9:52 p.m. CST

    You'll get an email from me!

    by Cpt. Arnoldo

    And I'll see you at THE PROMOTION screening tomorrow, Capone! Thanks for all this great shit

  • April 21, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    And yeah...

    by Cpt. Arnoldo

    Son of Rambow was definitely not 100% full, but it was still a lot of fun. I really hope tomorrow is more packed.

  • April 21, 2008, 10:29 p.m. CST

    The King of Kong...

    by KarmicRelief

    screening was fairly full and I had a blast attending. Hopefully, I'm in on this as well. Iron Man, Iron Man...does whatever an Iron can!

  • April 21, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I, too , have Drafthouse Envy

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    for years I've been hoping a place like that would open up in the Chicago area. Hell, I even started looking into how I could start one up. But alas, no startup capital. <br><br>On a more positive note: I'M IN CHICAGO AREA!!! E-mail Sent!!

  • April 21, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    RIP Bebe Barron

    by landrvr1

    Not even a mention @ Ain't It Cool... And this place calls itself a fanboy site. Shame, shame, shame.

  • April 21, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    p.s. Capone:

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    I'd make it to every Chicago Event you have, but unfortunately I work a weekday night-shift job, and most screenings wouldn't have me back in time. But any of these things get scheduled for Fridays or Sundays, and I am THERE! (but im willing to use up a vacation day for the Monday IRON MAN!)

  • April 21, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Bebe Barron

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    IMDB has him credited as score composer for 3 flicks ive never heard of. Was that a joke, or is there a different Bebe Barron I'm forgetting?

  • April 22, 2008, 12:37 a.m. CST

    I'd try...

    by ZeroCorpse

    But lately, Chicago's been rather deadly (32 shot this past weeked, 6 dead so far) and I'd rather just wait a few days and stay here in Michigan where people aren't going apeshit. <p> Besides, I have to go there in May for a concert, and one trip to the Windy City is enough for me this spring. <p> Good luck everyone. Remember to duck!

  • April 22, 2008, 12:40 a.m. CST

    We can't let Harry one up us

    by chaseguy17

    Were in the greatest city in the world...and unless i'm mistaken...we are also in a theater with a built in restaurant/bar. Hell, with enough cordination, we could have an iron man drinking competition before or aftr the movie (preferbly after to take in the movie). Who needs flyin Iron Men when you can drink to the moon and talk about old comic storis while your girlfriend/date watches and learns how much of a dork you truly are. Priceless. Capone. We need a new title on this page to compete with Harry's. How bout, "Capone's Underground Prohibition Iron Man Chicago Film Premiere?"

  • April 22, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    "There's another way to see Iron Man on March 28"

    by filmcoyote

    in a time machine presumably?

  • April 22, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    ShiftyEyedDog2: Bebe Forgives You From The Grave

    by landrvr1

    You've never heard of Forbidden Planet? Pathetic.

  • April 22, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    This is great; perfect way to start the summer!

    by lantern48

    Man am I excited to see this! I really do believe this is gonna be the best comick book movie yet. Good actors, good director and a an actual respect for the source material. Hopefully I'll see you guys at the screening with Capone.

  • April 22, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    another vote for Hollywood Blvd theater!

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    great place....good food and stiff drinks. I saw the Animal House 30 year reunion there a few months back. The cast was there too...and let me just say, Karen Allen is still hot.

  • April 22, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by rutgerman

    About time! This is really great news. Even if I'm not picked (and I hope I am), I'm thrilled to know this is happening.

  • April 22, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Re: Hollywood Blvd

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    Well, I had no idea. I can't connect to the site right now (apparenly server problems), but I found some other info online. First of all, seems I moved out of the suburbs a year or so before it opened (I'm now about an hour and a half from Chicago), and whenever I've looked since then, I've only been looking at Chicago, didn't think to check outside areas like Woodridge. THANK YOU for the heads up! I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for more happenings there!!

  • April 22, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Heavy boots of lead

    by mr_lopez

    Fills his victims full of dread Running as fast as they can Iron man lives again!

  • April 22, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Hollywood Blvd.

    by rutgerman

    Yep, that's about 20 minutes from me. A GREAT place. But it's nothing like the Drafthouse. Trust me - you have to GO there to see what it is truly about. Don't get me wrong - it's a great place to see movies here in Chicago. E-mail sent! I hope I see you guys at the screening!

  • April 22, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I hope to see you all there too!

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    I figure since we each can only put in for our own single ticket (as far as I can tell), the chances of me AND someone I know both making it in are slim, so if I gotta rely on total strangers for company, it might as well be people I've chatted with on here!

  • April 22, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    i was wondering the same thing. lol<br>i was able to eventually get through. I just had to refresh the page a couple times whenever i went to a new page. Thanks again for the info and the link.

  • April 22, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    there's also the Music Box

    by oisin5199

    good for event viewings, and if you want to add the extra nostalgic bit, with a live theater organ player, it's your place. Great for Rocky Horror, late night scifi, Buffy musical, etc.

  • April 22, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Chicagoland theaters

    by Rich Malone

    I grew up here in Chicago(not the burbs/no disrespect to person's from the burbs/it's a Chi-Town thing), and I grew up going to cheap-1980's style theaters(I'm 26)...I saw plenty of our beloved movies of the past two decades at 'The Logan', 'Portage', and the 'Davis' theater. And while we don't have anything that seems as cool as the Alamo(gotta see this theater, it must be the Mecca, there's a certain cool factor about going to a therater where there's popcorn under your chair, a slightly broken door, and old-school suround sound. Plus, it's probably $3-$4 cheaper than the giant chains, and the concessions aren't as expensive. I guess it's just nostalgia, I remember seeing Die Hard 3 for $2 when it came out. But my favorite theater in the Chicagoland area is The 'Lake' in Oak Park, right outside of the Chi. Theater two on a warm-Spring night is still a thing of beauty. If ever in Chicago people, check it out!

  • April 22, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Chicagoland theaters...P.S....

    by Rich Malone

    Hey Capone.....does that little 'wax nostalgic' get me into the Iron Man screening?(Ha-ha)

  • April 22, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Rich Malone: Talkbacks for Passes

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    No, I'm sure it doesn't get you in, but I will say this: I really hope these passes will go to people who are active participants in the AICN community. I would hate to see them instead go to lurkers who are just here for the free stuff, or people that heard about this elsewhere and just flocked here purely looking to get into an early screening.

  • April 22, 2008, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Hollywood Blvd. will seem extremely mediocre after you've seen..

    by chaseguy17

    Muvico. Hollywood Blvd. was nice. It basically tried to accomplish what many of the premium cinemas in other states (namely California and Florida) had started. The problem was, the budget clearly wasn't as high to match those other cinemas. A few months ago, one of those Florida chains hit Illinois, and its located in Rosemont, near Ohare, and it's called Muvico. Trust me. It blows Hollywood Blvd. out of the water. Free popcorn, vip leather seating, full service bar and restaurant. The fancy restaurant quality, which tops the medicore (but still good) food you'd get at Hollywood blvd. Ha, obviously if I lived by a hollywood blvd., i'd go there all the time. But muvico, made hollywood second best in Illinois. I highly reccomend it.

  • April 23, 2008, 1:36 a.m. CST

    It's almost here...

    by Guyver1138

    Personally I can't wait for this film. I'm taking the day off and taking my sons to the first showing. I hope it will be in IMAX. For a California Private Investigator visit:

  • April 23, 2008, 3:13 a.m. CST

    chaseguy17 - you're missing the point, i think

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    we're (or at least I'm) not looking for the fancy plush seating and the restaurant and bar, so much as it's the events and atmosphere of fandom. Muvico seems like its more catering to "high class moviegoing" rather than just fans who love seeing movies. I want somewhere that's really in touch with people like us, and hosts events like the ones we always hear about at Alamo.

  • April 23, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Ever since I started reading Iron Man as a boy

    by V'Shael

    Ever since I started reading Iron Man as a boy, I always wanted to grow up to be an alcoholic.

  • April 23, 2008, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Iron Man looks pretty fake in the trailers

    by chien_sale

    I hate that CGI crap

  • April 23, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    I kinda agree with ShiftyEyedDog2

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Yorktown cinema has a premium theater, with leather seats and high-end food and cocktails, yet I prefer Hollywood blvd. I'm more with the notion that people in theaters want Long Island Iced teas and beers, with burgers and hotwings, rather than fine wine and crab bisque. Hollywood Blvd is not ghetto'y by any means, but it's a good place to get fucked up on liquor, laugh your ass off at a movie, and not feel selfconscious about a "serious" crowd around you. It's also nice that it's 5 minutes from my house.

  • April 23, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Why would I wanna see Iron Man w/ some dork with a notepad?

    by GibsonUSA

    No offense capone.

  • April 23, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I got passes for April 29th

    by Rocklover79

    in Raleigh. Can't friggin' wait!

  • April 23, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I defintely agree about better moviegoers at Hollywood

    by chaseguy17

    and to the comment about Yorktown cinema, they are totally different things. I remember when Yorktown was remodeled, I think it was like 10 years go. So there's quite a huge difference. But yea...Muvico s quite expensive. 19 bucks if you do premium. But the difference between muvico and hollywood blvd and yorktown is night and day. But yea...I totally agree you won't find the true movie fans at a premium cinima. I just thought it would be funny to take this classy cinima and fill it with a couple hundred of hardcore iron man fans. defintely would be ironic. But i see what you mean. Definitely a lot of yuppies who pay just so they can have the "I'm the best" feeling, rather than really caring about the film.

  • April 24, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST


    by rutgerman

    Well, I live across from Yorktown - it's not bad, and neither is Muvico. But we're talking about an experience with people who LOVE movies. People who work at places like Hollywood, or more appropriately the Drafthouse are more often than not PASSIONATE about movies. People at Yorktown couldn't give a rat's ass.

  • April 24, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Hollywood Blvd had Zuzu AND Neidermeyer in person

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Can you beat that, Muvico?

  • April 24, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I miss McClurg Court

    by strosmer

    The proximity of River East actually caused it to close down. The main screen there was huge and had a great sound system. Fortunately caught a few event movies there before it closed. I am surprised Chicago does not have an old school movie palace in operation. Portage Theater may qualify, but I've yet to see any movies there and see what it's actually like. It is a rentable, 2000 seat venue, I know that much. Capone, maybe for a future screening? May want to look into it.

  • April 24, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Portage Theater

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    If I'm not mistaken, that's where they hold the Chicago edition of the annual "Can't Stop the Serenity" charity screenings. So it seems like they're good to work with for special events and such.

  • April 24, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Yes, Shifty

    by strosmer

    You're correct on that point. I haven't been to any of the charity screenings myself, but an acquaintance of mine actually spearheaded the first Serenity screening there. I think they have a good-sized screen, but like I said, haven't been there yet myself. Don't know if the screen and image are impressive. Would like to think it is.

  • April 24, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    McClurg Court

    by lantern48

    Yeah... saw all the Star Wars prequels and the first Matrix there. I saw Empire Strikes Back at the Esquire as a kid,so I miss that one too.

  • April 24, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST


    by lantern48

    Well, I actually hoped to see ROTS at McClurg and at the last minute, they said they wouldn't be showing it and I saw it at River East 21.

  • April 24, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Did anybody

    by Cpt. Arnoldo

    get in yet?

  • April 24, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Cpt. Arnoldo

    by KarmicRelief

    No word as of yet...fingers crossed.

  • April 25, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    I GOT IN!!!

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    SWEEEEEET!! I am positively psyched! Hope I see you guys there!

  • April 25, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    See ya all there!

    by lantern48

    Thanks again Capone!

  • April 25, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Did he send out a mass e-mail?

    by Wooby111

    Or is this just one at a time? Maybe I just didn't get in. I guess getting your tooth broken for defending Iron Man in junior high against an elitest Spidey/Supes/Hulk fan doesn't account for much. Nor does naming a homebrew after the character (Iron Man Stout). Poo.