Episode 1: Going to the Movies

Published on December 10th, 2010

In this spoiler-free episode, the MacGuffin Men discuss all of the elements of a trip to the movies. The theatre itself, sloppy makeouts, fried chicken, and guerilla anti-popcorn factions are all discussed. Just click the link below to take a listen, or right-click and Save As to download it. We’re working on getting on iTunes, but for now you can subscribe to our RSS feed in the top right corner to keep updated on further podcasts and posts.

Episode 1: Going to the Movies

And, as discussed in the podcast, below you will find some supplementary materials. Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments section or e-mail us at themacguffinmen@gmail.com

Below you’ll find a projection room setup for the typical multiplex. Note how some of the projection rooms control multiple screens in order to cut down on operator costs.

Here is an example of stadium seating in a movie theatre.

Here`s a really interesting article from Video University about a few of the things we touched on the podcast.  It has some good information on the real costs of advertising at the movie theater, both through commercials and trailers.  There is also great stuff on the technical production and exhibition of these ads.  Check it out it here.

And finally, the Levi’s commercial we discussed at length. Since recording the podcast, we learned that John Hillcoat (director of the Road and the Proposition) was the man behind the commercial. So I guess that explains why Alex likes it so much.



  1. Posted by O G on February 11th, 2011, 09:26 [Reply]

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i was tuning in to your podcast and i couldn’t help but notice how little you mmmmmmmmmmm say mmmmmmm. very dissapointed, i thought you lived in mmmmtoronto, where all of the posh people come to play.

    • Posted by james on March 14th, 2011, 20:31 [Reply]

      Dear O.G.,

      First, lovely name. That is my mother’s name, too! Small world.

      Second I’d like to thank you for your comments. It is thoughtful criticism like this that makes the internet the place it is.

      Keep em comin’!


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