Seen a Film at the Variety Screening Room (333/366)

King Candy: [puts on glasses] You wouldn’t hit a guy with glasses would you?
[Ralph smacks the King with the glasses]
King Candy: You hit a guy, with glasses. Well played.
~ Wreck-it Ralph

Last year, Nick became a member of the Visual Effects Society, which is a prestigious organization representing the full breadth of visual effects artists in all aspects of the entertainment industry: film, television and commercials, to music videos and games.  Along with cool things like receiving studio screeners for his consideration in voting on entries in the VES Awards, we also got to attend a special event at the Academy of Sciences last year.  In addition, he gets invited to some Motion Picture Academy screenings (as many of them are up for VES awards as well) and tonight we got to go to a screening of “Wreck-it Ralph” in a place called the “Variety Screening Room.”

Here’s the trailer for Wreck-it Ralph:

We’ve gone to screenings at the Premiere Theater at ILM, the Century 9 at the San Francisco Center, and even both studio theaters at Pixar, but we had never heard of the Variety Screening Room before.  It’s at 582 Market Street which is super convenient by public transit, so we decided to check it out.

The screening room isn’t a movie theater in and of itself, and we learned it’s actually a part of the Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California, which support the needs of disabled, critically ill and disadvantaged children without proper access or coverage by insurance, hospital services or government agencies.  The screening room and lounge is operated to further generate funds for their operations, and is in the Hobart Building.  Just after you walk in, the lobby/lounge to the screening room is past the elevators, to the right.

They have a statue of Kung-Fu Panda!  Rad.  There is also beautiful artwork on the walls that people can purchase to help support the organization.

The screening room itself is a cozy, 47-seat theater, with Dolby surround sound, and as we discovered tonight, Dolby 3D capabilities – our invite had led us to believe this screening was only 2D!  Score!

We thoroughly enjoyed watching Wreck-it Ralph at the Variety Screening Room.  The smaller theater with superb sound and visual setup made this experience all that much more engaging – the immersive atmosphere actually made it feel like we were “in” a video game machine at times – it worked so well with this film!  I’m really glad we had to pass on an earlier screening of this film (in a different location), so that we got a chance to see it here.  The rental rates for the screening room are a ridiculously great deal for the quality of the space, the location, and the wonderful cause you support by holding an event here.  I highly recommend this place, and can’t wait to visit again.

Related Links:
Variety Children’s Screening Room

2 Responses to “Seen a Film at the Variety Screening Room (333/366)”
  1. Ying says:

    You’ve also seen a movie in the Dolby theater too, right?

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