I recently attended a showing of “Wonder Woman” exclusively for women and women-identifying viewers at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn, New York. When the Alamo Drafthouse announced its female-only screenings in May, the theater got backlash from men who were offended about the exclusion, as if they forgot that the 19th Amendment wasn’t ratified until 1920, among other things like the wage gap.
While there was a man in attendance who began to ruin the experience for me and those around me, the hurt feelings got lost once the movie started. We were in this together, and we all united over our shared excitement for this amazing female-led and -directed superhero movie that means so much to us for so many reasons.
I could feel the camaraderie throughout the entire film, and have never felt more connected to dozens of strangers before. Not even when I saw “The Fate of the Furious” in 4DX, during which I made memories that will last lifetimes.
Here’s what it was like to watch a women-only screening of “Wonder Woman”:
Warning: Mild spoilers for “Wonder Woman” below.
The Alamo Drafthouse had entirely female staff work the screening.
I didn’t see anyone dressed up, but there was a “Nasty Woman” T-shirt, and I saw a woman with a Wonder Woman koozie.
Since this screening was on a weeknight and more than a few days after the film’s release, the hype to get dressed up for it wasn’t there.
We had a host who led chants of “I am Wonder Woman!” and “We are Wonder Women!”
The host also asked the audience if we were excited for “Justice League,” which got a faint applause followed by a much louder laugh.