Can you imagine openly smoking pot with friends while watching a movie in a public theater? Well, if you visit Denver, you’ll be able to do just that later this week.
According to ImFromDenver, after over 6,000 requests were received last year by the management of the Zebulon Pike 16 Movie Theater Complex in Denver to open a theater where smoking pot would be allowed, the owners took action.
Lance Swanee, manager of the facility, stated that the theater was expected to open Aug 15th of this year according to Westword.com.
The theater, known officially as Theater 13, will be renamed Pot Palladium and will only be showing R-rated movies.
While the government officially claims you’re not likely to get a contact buzz from second hand marijuana smoke because it contains so little THC (the ingredient that makes you feel high), I’m wondering if an entire movie theater filled with a Mary Jane cloud would do the trick?
But this brings up a few questions:
Do you have to be a marijuana enthusiast to work there?
Is there such a thing as on-the-job discrimination if you don’t want to be high your entire work week?
Are employees allowed to eat from the snack bar and popcorn machine to stave off the munchies? Wouldn’t that be considered “on the job hazards” and be a necessary work-perk?
Is the theater going to allow outside foods or are they just going to jack the prices of snacks to capitalize on the after-movie munchies of patrons?
While you wait for Pot Palladium to open, how about watching these marijuana-friendly movies online?
Movies for Marijuana Lovers
|1. REEFER MADNESS|
|Reefer Madness, also known as Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, is a 2005 American made-for-television musical comedy film adapted from the musical of the same name based on the 1936 exploitation film also of the same title. The film, directed by Andy Fickman, written by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, and produced by the three, premiered on Showtime on April 16, 2005. The film stars Kristen Bell, Christian Campbell, and John Kassirreprising their stage roles, with the notable addition of Alan Cumming and Ana Gasteyer in other lead roles, with Campbell’s sister Neve making a cameo appearance as Miss Poppy. Robert Torti, who played the characters of both Jack and Jesus onstage, portrays only the latter in this version.|
|2. HALF BAKED|
|Half Baked is a 1998 American stoner comedy film starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz. The film was directed by Tamra Davis, co-written by Chappelle and Neal Brennan and produced by Robert Simonds.|
|3. PINEAPPLE EXPRESS|
|Pineapple Express is a 2008 American stoner action comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring Rogen and James Franco. Producer Judd Apatow, who previously worked with Rogen and Goldberg on Knocked Up and Superbad, assisted in developing the story, which was partially inspired by the bromantic comedysubgenre. The film was released on August 6, 2008. Franco was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance in the film.|
|4. CHEECH & CHONG’S UP IN SMOKE|
|Up in Smoke, directed by Lou Adler, is Cheech & Chong’s first feature-length film, released in 1978 by Paramount Pictures. It stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams, Strother Martin, Stacy Keach, and Tom Skerritt. Cheech & Chong had been a counterculture comedy team for about ten years before they started reworking some of their material for their first film. Much of the film was shot in Los Angeles, California, including scenes set in Tijuana, while scenes set on the Mexican border were actually filmed at the border in Yuma, Arizona.|
|5. THE BIG LEBOWSKI|
|The Big Lebowski is a 1998 crime comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler. After a case of mistaken identity, The Dude is introduced to a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski. When the millionaire Lebowski’s trophy wife is kidnapped, he commissions The Dude to deliver the ransom to secure her release. The plan goes awry when the Dude’s friend Walter Sobchak schemes to keep the full ransom. Julianne Moore and Steve Buscemi also star, with David Huddleston, John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Tara Reidappearing in supporting roles. The film is loosely inspired by the work of Raymond Chandler. Joel Coen stated: “We wanted to do a Chandler kind of story – how it moves episodically, and deals with the characters trying to unravel a mystery, as well as having a hopelessly complex plot that’s ultimately unimportant”. The original score was composed by Carter Burwell, a longtime collaborator of the Coen Brothers. The Big Lebowski was a disappointment at the U.S. box office and received mixed reviews at the time of its release.|
|6. HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE|
|Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is a 2004 American stoner comedy filmand the first installment in the Harold & Kumar series. The film was written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, and directed by Danny Leiner. The story follows Harold Lee and Kumar Patel as they decide to go to the fast food chain White Castle after smoking cannabis, but end up on a series of comical misadventures when they cannot find the restaurant. The film also features Fred Willard, Paula Garcés, Anthony Anderson, Dan Bochart, Ethan Embry, Jamie Kennedy, Bobby Lee, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Reynolds, Shaun Majumder, David Krumholtz, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Malin Åkerman, and Neil Patrick Harris, who plays a fictionalized version of himself.|
|7. DAZED AND CONFUSED|
|Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming of age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including Matthew McConaughey, Jason London, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Cole Hauser, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Joey Lauren Adams, Nicky Katt, and Rory Cochrane. The plot follows various groups of Texas teenagers during the last day of school in the summer of 1976. The film grossed less than $8 million at the U.S. box office but later achieved cult film status. In 2002, Quentin Tarantino listed it as the 10th best film of all time in a Sight and Sound poll. It also ranked third on Entertainment Weekly magazine’s list of the 50 Best High School Movies. The magazine also ranked it 10th on their “Funniest Movies of the Past 25 Years” list. The title of the film is derived from the Led Zeppelin version of the song of the same name. Linklater approached the surviving members of Led Zeppelin for permission to use their song “Rock and Roll” in the film, but, while Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones agreed, Robert Plant refused.|
|8. SUPER HIGH ME|
|Super High Me is a 2007 documentary film about the effects of smoking cannabis for 30 days. The documentary stars comedian Doug Benson. The documentary’s name and its poster are plays on the 2004 documentary Super Size Me.|
|9. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH|
|Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone magazine, Crowe went undercover at Clairemont High School in San Diego, California, and wrote about his experiences. The film was directed by Amy Heckerling and chronicles a school year in the lives of sophomores Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner, and their respective older friends Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, both of whom believe themselves wiser in the ways of romance than their younger counterparts. The ensemble cast of characters form two subplots with Jeff Spicoli, a carefree stoned surfer, facing off against uptight history teacher Mr. Hand, and Stacy’s brother, Brad, a senior who works at a series of entry-level jobs in order to pay off his car, and who is pondering easing out of his relationship with his girlfriend until she dumps him. In addition to Penn, Reinhold, Cates and Leigh, the film marks early appearances by several actors who later became stars, including Nicolas Cage, then billing himself as Nicolas Coppola, Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz, and Anthony Edwards.|
|10. JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK|
|Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a 2001 American comedy film directed, written by, and starring Kevin Smith as Silent Bob, the fifth to be set in his View Askewniverse, a growing collection of characters and settings that developed out of his cult favorite Clerks. It focuses on the two eponymous characters, played respectively by Jason Mewes and Smith. The film features a large number of cameo appearances by famous actors and directors. The title and logo for Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back are direct references to The Empire Strikes Back. Smith originally intended for it to be the last film set in his View Askewniverse, or to feature Jay and Silent Bob, and thus features many characters from the previous View Askew films. Five years later, Smith reconsidered and decided to continue the series with Clerks II, resurrecting Jay and Silent Bob in supporting roles. Smith has also decided to make another sequel to Clerks, and as of 2013 is in development.|