Purple Rain – on the Big Screen

This past weekend, there were numerous Twin Cities events to remember Prince.

We chose to go to Chanhassen Cinema (which is near where Paisley Park is located) to watch Purple Rain on the big screen on Saturday night. And, as it turned out, it was the same theater where Prince would go to watch movies.

All theater goers were given a free medium popcorn as the theater’s gift to us for attending their special showing of Purple Rain.

Once seated, someone from the theater stood in front of all of us to thank us and tell us this was the exact theater where Prince would watch movies. Calling ahead, they would reserve theater #1 for Prince and 300 of his friends. Choking back emotions, he said Prince would order a medium popcorn with cheddar cheese, a bottle of water – warm, and peanut M&M’s.

Warner Bros. evidently reconfigured Purple Rain so movie theaters could show the 1980s movie on newer theater technology – redoing the movies Thursday night and shipping them to arrive to theaters by Friday night.

Thanks Warner Bros. and especially Chanhassen Cinema for making it possible for us to watch Purple Rain and to help us feel close to Prince.

And, next time I go to the movies, I’ll have a medium popcorn with cheddar cheese, a bottle of water – warm, and peanut M&Ms, please.

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