Popular ‘Pirates’ opening Friday
May 23, 2007
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Landlubbers at Navy bases in Japan can “bast their eyes” on the third chapter of a swashbuckling pirate yarn on the same day as their stateside hearties.
“Blow me down,” you say?
Yokosuka, Atsugi and Sasebo movie theaters will start showing “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” on Friday. What’s the hook? The time difference, says Yokosuka’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Entertainment Director Earl Murray.
The movie is a “FROST” — a first run overseas theaters movie — meaning the print was purchased directly from the studio. With “Pirates,” Buena Vista sold the print and authorized the play date.
“We were fortunate enough to be given the same May 25 start date as the commercial release date,” Murray said. Disney originally scheduled a Friday release date for the States, but moved it up to Thursday.
Through FROST, MWR theaters get new Hollywood releases within two weeks of their commercial release dates. Yokosuka has several FROST releases planned this summer, including “Spider-Man 3” which sold out shows Friday in Yokosuka, Murray said. Non-FROST movies usually run overseas about six weeks after the stateside release.
Movie timesFollowing are the planned times for this weekend’s showings of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” Check with your base theater or MWR Web site to confirm:
Yokosuka Naval Base
Advance tickets for Friday and Saturday’s showings went on sale Monday and will be sold through Thursday at the Benny Decker ticket booth from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Opening day tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m.
Benny Decker Theater: Friday at 4 p.m., 8 p.m. and midnight. Saturday at noon, 4 p.m., 8 p.m. and midnight.
Negishi Theater: Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Naval Air Facility Atsugi
Plans to show the film Friday night but has not yet received the print. Check https://www.atsugi.navy.mil/ATSUGI/Mwr/index.html for updates.
Sasebo Naval Base
Playing at the Showboat Theater on Friday at 6 p.m.