First, a brief history. The first time I saw Ghostbusters, I didn’t know what it was. My older sister was doing some high school event, and I snuck over to the Commons where the girls were watching a movie. It was the “Get her!” scene from the library, and watching the librarian ghost turn into a monster ghoul scared the crap out of me as a kid, and I went back to my mom’s classroom. The second time I watched Ghostbusters, it was the edited for television version. I didn’t know Ray got a blowjob from a ghost until I watched the movie on DVD for the first time.

In 1989, my dad let me watch Ghostbusters II every time we went to the Cinemark in Stephenville while it was playing. No one else would go see it with me. The soundtrack was the first cassette tape I ever picked for myself.

And a few years ago, I went to go see the third one while it was in theaters, but just the one time. Haven’t watched it since.

Thanks to yesterday’s Fathom Events screening at the Regal Longview, aka Hollywood Theater, I have now seen all three Ghostbuster movies on a theater screen.

Because it was a Fathom Event, there was a bit extra. First, a cast introduction featuring Sigourney Weaver & Annie Potts by themselves, and director Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray & Ernie Hudson all together. There were also two alternate take scenes, both master shots, from outside the Sedgwick Hotel’s ballroom and inside the Mayor’s office. I didn’t notice any major differences from what wound up in the movie, aside from Venkman’s response when the Mayor asks what they need from him, he says, “What do you got?” instead of the film version that cuts to the National Guard & NYPD escort for the Ecto-1.

The movie itself is still great, and I’m glad I went out to Longview for it.

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