Post by happyatmywork on Feb 26, 2012 19:09:13 GMT -5
Living in Knoxville, I have been sad the Titans have not come to Tennessee. I have only been a MSTie for about six months, so I don't know if they have never been here or what, but in the interest of saving gas and the fact that a multi-hour drive would not work with my schedule right now, I want to contact the Tennessee Theater and let them know about CT so they might consider booking them. I'm not sure if this particular theater works that way, but I figured it's worth a try. What I was wondering is if anyone has any advice about how to go about letting a local theater know about CT, and what possible facts/figures I can give to make my pitch a little more convincing.
Sad to say I don't have any facts or figures, but I recently attempted to contact many local theaters that are roughly the size CT usually frequents. I did it through email, going to the "Contact" page on the theaters' websites - all of them I've seen have some sort of email.
If it means anything, the recent Durham NC show sold out, and it was announced a mere week or two after I emailed them asking them to consider CT for an event in the first place. It could very well have been a coincidence (as I don't think bookings happen that fast), but the CT guys keep saying "we don't ask them, they ask us". So who knows.
All I can personally suggest is frequent the CT forums/website for advice on that, and email all the theaters you can that you know would be a good fit for the show. Can't guarantee it'll work, but like Josh told me at the autograph line, "it can't hurt!"
Post by mst3ktemple on Apr 3, 2012 17:34:06 GMT -5
I was glad to hear that CT is coming back to Ann Arbor. I called the theater after the last time (two years ago) and begged them to have them back. I also contacted the Ann Arbor Summer Fest people and begged a little more. I know of some others that did the same. I like to think we had some impact on the CT gang being asked back.
Post by happyatmywork on Apr 4, 2012 12:45:43 GMT -5
You inspired me, Raja. I decided to go for it. Here's the e-mail I sent:
<i>To whom it may concern,
I'm not sure if this is the right place to send this, but I did want to pass along information about a show the would be a good fit for the Tennessee Theater which has not to my knowledge come to Knoxville. It's called Cinematic Titanic, and it's put on by the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. What happens is they provide funny commentary about a B-movie playing on a large screen. The concept sounds simple, but it makes for a great live show.
In case you do no know, Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a show which was on for ten seasons on Comedy Central and Sci-fi Channel. The concept is riffing on bad movies in a humorous way, and had a plot about a man and his robot friends being trapped in space and forced to watch these movies (get more info at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_science_theater). It may have been off the air for more than a decade, but it still has a robust fanbase. I just got into it by watching it on Netflix, and there are bustling online communities still dedicated to it. It has been named one of the 100 greatest shows of all time by Time magazine, and was named one of the 50 greatest cult shows of all time by TV Guide. Many of the folks into it now are people my age (early twenties) who grew up with the show, but a large amount of baby boomers are also familiar with it and consider themselves fans (or MSTies as they're called).
All of the former cast members have moved on to riff bad movies in some form, which shows how much they still enjoy the format. Rifftrax is another project which sells funny mp3 commentaries, but Cinematic Titanic does mostly live shows in venues about the size of the Tennessee Theater. The MST fans are still coming out in droves to see them, as evidenced by the sold out show they played in Durham, NC a couple weeks ago. If you host them, you can guarantee people will come from as far away as Nashville and maybe even Memphis to see them. To my knowledge, we have not had them in Tennessee yet. In fact, I think the closest they have come is Atlanta. I have only been into these guys for about six months, so I can't say I know their entire tour schedule for the last few years, so they might have come here while I was unaware. However, if they have not, I urge you to consider them.
It might have been a mistake to assume complete ignorance on the booker's part, but I figured I made a pretty good case. I had to add in the bit about the twentysomethings since we're a college town, but baby boomers are an important market as well. Also, I don't think people realize how successful MST3K was, so a reminder is always nice. We'll see if it goes anywhere.