"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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