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June 28th, 2004 12:27 AM

America's Movie: Photographs from the Opening Weekend

All across the country this weekend people headed to the movies, packed the theaters and watched Fahrenheit 9/11. Last week we asked that people take pictures of their opening night experiences, but we never expected to see pictures like these. In every town and every city, long lines and sold out shows. Yesterday we posted the stories we were receiving and below we have posted the photographs. If you don't have much time, we encourage you to quickly skip down to Texas and check out the scene there. We'll be posting more pictures and more stories in the coming days, but for now, take a look at what America did this weekend--and what you did alongside your fellow Americans.

Also, a HUGE thank you to everyone who sent in photographs this weekend. We apologize for not being able to write back to each and every one of you. If we used your pictures below, thank you! And if we didn't use your pictures, we still thank you! It is an amazing collection and it boggles the mind. Thank you!


Anchorage: Front of the line, and back around the corner, the end.


Tucson, a nice panoramic shot, and a shot spliced together from video.


Berkeley | Burbank | Del Mar

Emeryville: The people wait to get in and the shows are sold out!

Escondido | Eureka! |Glendale | Hollywood | Irvine | La Jolla | La Mesa | Lodi

Long Beach: Day | Night

Los Angeles: Waiting to get in.

Manhattan Beach | Mill Valley | Modesto

Monrovia: #1 and #2.

Mountain View

Oakland: The Grand Lake Theater... where the R rating is ignored and the lines are long!

Orange County: Sold Out! | The Line | The Voter Registration

Pleasant Hill

Redwood City:


Sacramento and the Tower Theater and the voter registration!

San Diego and more San Diego!

San Francisco: The line that will not stop... #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7

The same stories in Santa Cruz and Santa Monica.

In Santa Rosa, they got tired of standing.

Sonoma, and the beautiful Sebastiani Theartre.


Broomfield: The line starts here...

Colorado Springs | Reverse Angle

Denver | The crowd lines up down the block... and across town, the same scene!

The theater's inspired artwork:




Aventura | #2. The lines (the unceasing lines!!!) are driving people crazy in Miami

Fort Lauderdale | Fort Meyers | Jupiter

Naples... where the line just kept going.

The end of the line in Sarasota? Nope... Katherine Harris's district does us proud!


Champaign by day and by night and sold out

Chicago: The line , and a very excited crowd in the theater | SOLD OUT | The theater | More lines!

Highland Park



And in Lafayette, another full house!



Cedar Rapids: All shows...

Des Moines

Iowa City


The scene in Maui

and in Honolulu




Lexington: An endless line, a mob scene, and a special guest:


Annapolis | Baltimore | Columbia | Gaitherberg


Cambridge | Dedham | Hadley | Springfield



Ann Arbor | Port Huron | Royal Oak | The Royal Oak marquee | Lansing | Lansing | and Lansing!


Minneapolis: The line at the Lagoon, and the view inside the theater.


Columbia | And in the parking lot... a tailgate party!

St. Louis


Lincoln: People mingle outfront, pack the hallways, and inside, get comfortable.


Deptford Edgewater Voorhees, and Voorhees at 11 AM.

Washington Township:


"No! Thank YOU Montgomery, NJ!"


Brooklyn: Standing in the rain in Cobble Hill


In Rhinebeck, people were foced to line up down an alleyway:

But everyone seems to be having fun.

In Rochester, after waiting in line, everyone in the theater poses for a photo for

Syracuse and Utica and Woodstock!



Raleigh: Shows sold out, sold out, sold out!

Asheville: The line by day and by night. Yes... that means it's time to get comfortable. There's even entertainment!

Chapel Hill: The line inside, the line outside, and the resulting sign.

In Durham, the sign, the rush for seats, a packed house, the voter registration, and the scene outside:


To our friendly cameraman in Wilmington who shot this picture of the packed house, we're sorry you missed the first five minutes of the film, but at least you got to yell at the "President":


North Canton

Cleveland | Inside | Heading in


Ashland and Hillsboro


Allentown | Conshohocken | Erie | Oaks

Something is amiss in Philly




Sioux Falls


We're told Johnson City sold out.

Nashville: The line from back to front.



Austin: Opening Night, 9:30 Show | Sold out shows galore!

Houston turns out in force... and this is Bush country? Oh, who are we kidding... they love George!

Dick Cheney showed up in Houston, giving away $100 Hallibacon bills to bribe people out of seeing Fahrenheit. All in all, a good night for Dick.

It's the same scene at the matinee.

Demand is just as strong in Lubbock and in Dallas and in Frisco (#2) and in Grapevine and in Hickory Creek and in Pasedena

And hey, just look at El Paso:


Alexandria Richmond... sold out! And the crowd at night.

Roanoke in the rain.


Bellevue: Voter Registration!

Seattle: The Line | More of the line | The Neptune | The Neptune's line! Seattle voter registration.

In Tacoma, Spc. Edward Cruz--on leave between deployments to Iraq--takes in the movie on opening night and a local paper gets his reaction (you can read the article here).

Olympia and Woodinville


Appleton | Milwaukee | Eau Claire | Madison | And in Green Bay:


London | Toronto | Vancouver | Vancouver #2 | Halifax:

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