"Tenet," the highly anticipated new film from "Inception" director Christopher Nolan, opens in select Austin theaters today. And some superfans have said they are flying in from other U.S. cities to catch a screening.
California resident Tyler Tompkins told Variety that he and three friends booked $220 Spirit Airlines flights from Los Angeles to Austin to watch the film at AMC Barton Creek Square.
"My friends think I'm crazy, going all the way across the country to watch it, but we want to show support for this film and we'll do anything to see it," Tompkins told the entertainment news magazine.
The sci-fi thriller stars John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson and had a budget of around $200 million.
The Warner Bros. film was originally scheduled to open in mid-July, but its release was delayed multiple times due to the pandemic. It opened internationally last weekend and earned a reported $53 million ahead of its domestic release.
Some cinemas, including Austin Film Society and Violet Crown, remain closed due to health concerns, but others have reopened in time for the release of blockbusters such as "Tenet."
Alamo Drafthouse reopened select locations, including its Slaughter Lane cinema, on Aug. 21. "Yes, that means we'll be right on time for 'BIll & Ted Face the Music' and 'New Mutants' … and the mind-bending widescreen action of Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet,'" the company said in a recent press release.
Christopher Nolan would like to welcome you back to the cinema. TENET. Only in theaters. https://t.co/Q7yWZJ6fAo https://t.co/bYnaBvEDzI— Alamo Drafthouse ATX (@Alamo Drafthouse ATX) 1598749207.0
Reopened Alamo locations will check guests' temperatures on their way inside the theater, provide two empty seats between parties and "dramatically" increase the frequency and thoroughness of theater cleanings, according to the company's website.
Other Austin cinemas that are screening "Tenet" include Galaxy Highland, with showtimes starting Monday, and the Bullock Museum's IMAX theater, which will reopen on Thursday for limited screenings.
Excited to head back to @drafthouse on Sept 1st for an early screening of #Tenet https://t.co/WftCsYnod4— Will Townsend (@Will Townsend) 1598665243.0
But not every fan feels it is worth the risk, with some Austinites tweeting that they still feel uncomfortable returning to their seats.
@Mighty_Meng @ya_girlmeg Now here in Austin we got one of them but I don't see anything about spacing seats out for… https://t.co/ZQXGLcOkAN— Javier (@Javier) 1598541973.0
I live in Austin and will not be risking it for Tenet. That said, I likely would have done this exact same thing f… https://t.co/TAjjZL3zrF— Alex (@Alex) 1598485727.0
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Nicklaus Pereksta says he loves photographing enthusiastic people, and it’s why his latest gig offering pictures to people out on Lady Bird Lake’s hike and bike trail is going smoothly. He sets up his gear on the Pfluger pedestrian bridge and puts out a sign: Photos, $10.
“Overwhelmingly, this has been a really positive experience,” Pereksta said. “I get excited when I wake up in the morning and I can't wait to go to work.”
Bikers and joggers are excited about it too. On the pedestrian bridge leading to downtown Thursday morning, a man on an e-bike rode up and posed, wanting more photos.
“I posted the last pictures on Instagram and people loved it. They asked, ‘where is this guy?’” the biker told Pereksta. Bashfully, Pereksta, who also photographs landscapes and at weddings and other events, said he was happy to hear that.
Pereksta started these photos about a month ago, after the strenuous runs required in his valet job started causing pain in his legs. And though he has a passion for photography, he wasn’t so sure when he started working independently if it would work out.
He felt uncertain about the demand for it and was also worried about having lots of expensive equipment out in the open.
“Then like the first day was nothing but high praise and people are like, this is so awesome. This is great. I've never seen anything like this before. I was like, Wow, this was really good, like positive turnout. So I got encouraged.”
Now, he wants to expand and is thinking of contacting the Mueller Farmers Market about how to become a vendor. Still, he'll carry a connection to photographing on the bridge since the word bridge is related to his last name.
“It's a name my great, great, great grandfather came up with when he was marrying somebody. It's actually quite a romantic name. It means a joining of two bridges," Pereksta said. "So, I thought it was ironic that I'm set up on a bridge. I'm kind of representing my last name right now.”
Austonia talked to Pereksta about life in Austin, where he’s lived for eight years after living in Boston doing band photography.
What was your first experience with Austin?
I came here to visit some friends and they took me to Barbarella. So we went to Barbarella and I was like, ‘wow, this place is great.’ And then the restaurants and the food and going to Barton Springs. I was like, ‘this is amazing.’ Because there's nothing like that in Boston. If you want to go to a natural spring, you got to go to New Hampshire. There's no pools in the city at all. So there's lots of swimming out here.
What do you like best about Austin?
You go to any little quiet bar and there's a band playing that should be like onstage for a sold out show. Yeah, they're playing to 10 people, right? Like, one of the best bands ever and they're playing for 10 people, right? And just little magic moments like that are pretty fun. You just run into little random weird things.
What do you think makes Austin different from other places?
There’s no fall.
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