The approximate 200 people in the theater were offered refunds and free tickets by management, but many were so exasperated at the three-and-a-half hour experience, they left well before they were handed out: "When the movie was over people were really pissed, the managers were standing outside handing out passes and apologizing but after going through all that to get to the end of the movie and to have that happen was surreal."
Mostly, the tipster was angry that there was nobody there to watch over the film when it initially broke: "Tickets were $18 for this movie. Regal deserves to get shit for it. Maybe they can actually start putting projectionists in the booth."
To be clear, that is one hell of a crappy theater experience; it's the sort of thing that makes all the hand-wringing over declining attendance a moot point. And the irony of it happening to a film that's a love poem to the magic of moviemaking, and of the movie-watching experience -- well, if you made a movie about this, no one would believe you. Unless, of course, you saw it on YouTube.
We've reached out to Regal and to Scorsese's reps for comment. In the meantime, here's the funniest comedy that Martin Scorsese never made.