Furries are renting theaters for Zootopia meets, and they’re getting bigger than cons.
by Patch O'Furr
The most anticipated “furry” movie in memory is coming. It’s the #1 reason to call 2016 The Year of Furry. Zootopia is Star Wars for anthro animals.
This is different from other such events. It’s a fandom pulling mainstream media to itself, despite reasons for the media to resist open ties. This isn’t Zootopia fandom taking over, it’s furries doing what they already love.
In the San Francisco Bay area, over 200 furries will stuff a theater to it’s limit. The screening is just for them. It includes not just a movie, but a whole night of fursuiting. There’s a changing room in the theater, and the neighborhood will be inundated with fluffy revelers at bars and restaurants.
It’s the size of a small con. The event was arranged by convincing a theater that it would be well handled and attended. The response exploded beyond expectations. A theater with 145 seats was maxed out within days, and had to be switched for one with 225 spots. That isn’t even enough – the wait list is double digits and rising. It went out through members-only channels and word of mouth, to serve the most dedicated fans and manage demand beyond the limits.
Imagine the fun. You get to strut your stuff in costume, and see audience interplay that happens with few movies short of Rocky Horror. It won’t be surprising to hear fandom references flying at the screen that wouldn’t be heard in any other show.
It’s a strange marriage when subculture gathers around the most mainstream media, while Disney arguably may be using a strategy to spread hype with Furries without admitting it. A furry movie director who just sold his documentary at the Slamdance film fest gave me gossip that Zootopia crew admitted it’s real.
It's an amazing time to be furry. Corporations want to avoid us and get with us at the same time. They don't know how to furry, we do.— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) February 10, 2016
Already-successful events are inspiring many to set up their own. If you haven’t done it yet, don’t wait. Theaters set schedules a few months ahead.
Chance the Dragon, admin of San Diego Furries, writes: “Anyone have any leads for a movie theater that will accept fursuits, even if some negotiation is necessary?” He told me: “I saw your guys’s success up there, and I was like, “If only we had a place like that around here!”
Here’s some other Zootopia furmeets around the USA. Do you know about more? Please comment below!
- Columbia, TN: March 5 fursuit-friendly movie party.
- Kansas City, MO: Alamo Drafthouse theater rental for 38, with fursuits.
- Maryland Furs and NOVAfurs are teaming up to rent a theater just for furries.
- Midwest FurFest: Private showing at a 121 seat theater, with fursuiting.
- Rhode Island furs: fursuit-friendly Zootopia meet.
- Rochester Furs: “I looked into renting a theater on Saturday the 5th. We would need to have about 100 people.”
- Seattle: 32 furries (no fursuits).
- Socal Furs: Zootopia FurMeet at El Capitan on Saturday, March 5th. Fursuits not allowed.
- (Reddit) Furry meetups for Zootopia? “Denver Colorado furries are renting out a showing with fursuits allowed… 96 going”
Fursuit screening of Zootopia at the Studio Movie Grill in Simi Valley is in the works! If interested, sign up here: https://t.co/6a4XclwlPH
— Calicotopia (@ManedCalico) February 11, 2016
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@DogpatchPress Sources say Furry Fiesta's GOH dinner is at a Studio Movie Grill, sold out 160 seat theater.
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