Wyatt Werner has an offer that he hopes you, and 249 others, can't refuse. He doesn't want to have to resort to putting a horse's head in your bed or anything, but he needs 250 movie fans to pony up to watch The Godfather at the Egyptian Theatre on Thursday, June 14.
"If Ignite Boise taught me anything, it's that people love to spend time together at the Egyptian Theatre for all kinds of reasons," said Werner, co-founder of Ignite Boise, the highly successful frenzy of five-minute rants, ideas and dreams, now in its ninth cycle. "I approached [Egyptian booking agent] Joy Hart in April with my idea."
Werner's idea is something he calls Boise Classic Movies, a monthly series of vintage films, some silly, some deeply serious. And not much is more serious than Francis Ford Coppola's mobster masterpiece.
"It's pure magic," said Werner, referring to the epic considered by many as one of the greatest films of all time, ranked second only to Citizen Kane by the American Film Institute.
Werner's first challenge is to get 250 people to commit to paying $9 to see a film that has been shown countless times on television.
"But it's been hacked to death on TV," he said. "This is a digitally mastered edition with perfect sound. I started asking everyone I know that if they could spend an evening at the Egyptian with friends, how much would they pay. Most told me $12-$15. So I was pretty sure people would go for $9."
But Werner needs 250 to commit at boiseclassicmovies.com by Friday, June 8, in order to secure the rights to the film in time for the June 14 showing.
After the premiere event, Werner wants to get a little less serious.
"For July, we're asking the audience to decide whether they want to see Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Breakfast Club or the Big Lebowski," he said. "Any of those should be a blast."