Register for August 9th Chicago Into the Storm RA Fans Viewing Event and Vote for Other Activities, July 27, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #13)

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We–Grati, Sara, & Obscura, etc.–are in the final planning stages for our RA Fans Meet up in Chicago, Illinois (above) to see the film Into the Storm starring the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 (with RA Fans purposely viewing the film its opening weekends around the world to promote a bigger box office dollar ranking as part of our OpeRAtion Into the  Storm 2014 RA Fans grassroots promotion).


1.  So now we are at the point where we really need you to tell us if you will be joining us. So we ask that each person joining us, to please go to this web site’s contact page (either click here or go to the tab above) and complete and submit the following information by Friday, August 1st:

a) please list your name, you may use your pseudonyms/handle; the page will also ask you for your email address (this makes sure that you are not a bot, and no one but Grati sees this, and if I/Grati send out an email to attendees about our event as we get closer to the event, you will be bccd so no one else has your email address); If you are attending the Chicago event with an SO, friend, sibling, etc., you can indicate that in the comment section of the contact form if you wish, but they should register in their own contact form;

b) in the comment section of the contact form, please indicate what city you will be traveling from. Because I/Grati will personally reimburse that person for the movie ticket and popcorn/drink (up to $20 in cold hard cash, Ha!) of the one person joining us from farthest away–other OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 planners/organizers are not eligible to receive this gift; However, you should buy your ticket ahead of time (online if possible). If two or more people join us from cities that are equally far away, the $20 will be split amongst them. Obviously, you must be present to win this. Ha!

c) also in the comment section of the contact form, please indicate if you have any special needs to make your participation more enjoyable/comfortable; however, you are responsible for your own accommodation–bring your own wheelchair, etc.–but if we are made aware of your issue ahead of time, we can choose venues that are easier to navigate, or restaurants that offer a gluten free food option on their menu, etc. (for example, my arthritis means that I choose places that have elevator options in addition to stairs); if you have a care giver who assists you, you are responsible for their costs. Also, if you use a service animal, please check with the venues (movie theatre, stores, restaurants) ahead of time to insure that you will not be caught unawares by their having different rules for service animals than you expect.

Nota Bene: If you are planning to attend the New York City August 9th gathering, please email the organizer at


2. A couple of things to keep in mind for your visit to Chicago and joining us for this OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 (above) RA Fans meet up, to make your experience more enjoyable:

a)       You will not pay this site OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 anything.  We are a bunch of friends getting together for a fun weekend.  Everyone is responsible for their own costs for travel, food, lodging, etc. and for their own costs for seeing the film, Into the Storm.  So be sure to buy your movie ticket ahead of time–either online at Fandango (see below) or earlier in the day on August 9th;

b)      Chicago is hot in Summer, but buildings are well air conditioned–so wear clothing layers that you can adapt for your comfort;  sensible and comfortable shoes are also a good idea;

c)      this event is for adults aged 18 and up; for your reference, the drinking age in Illinois is 21 (in case the lunch and dinner restaurants we go to serve alcohol);  but if you don’t or can’t drink alcohol, don’t feel sheepish,  I/Grati don’t drink either (for health reasons);




3. And, a final poll to help the Chicago event organizers keep your wishes in mind as we make final plans, and hope to please the majority of attendees.  Your preferred OpeRAtion Into the Storm Chicago itinerary is (note that it is the lunch and afternoons that are different in each option):


For reference, here are some venue links:


Lunch and shopping:

The Walnut Room in Macy’s           Navy Pier (w/free trolley service)


Site Seeing:         

Art Institute of Chicago     Navy Pier              The Water Tower & Shopping         Willis Tower (the old Sears Tower)
Field Museum     Shedd Aquarium                Millenium Park


Movie Theatres with a 5pm Saturday Aug. 9th Into the Storm show time:

AMC River East 21             Fandango ticket sales for AMC River East 21


Showplace Icon Theatre at Roosevelt (Fandango has no ITS Aug. 9th movie listings for Icon Showplace at this time)


And just for fun–and to whet our appetites for seeing the film Into the Storm starring Richard Armitage–Sahraobsessed shares her non-spoiler review after having seen an early preview of the film (with more recently released ITS stills here):



And finally, if you would like to let other RA Fans know that you will be joining us for the OperRAtion Into the Storm 2014 Chicago event–in case that encourages others to attend so they can meet up with us–please indicate that below in a comment to this post.  Thanks and Cheers!



11 thoughts on “Register for August 9th Chicago Into the Storm RA Fans Viewing Event and Vote for Other Activities, July 27, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #13)

    operationintothestormchicagoadmin responded:
    July 27, 2014 at 11:43 am

    July 27, 2014–Into the Storm producer Todd Garner tweeted an image of Eilijah Wood using Oculus goggles at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC):

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    July 27, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    July 27, 2014–The SpReAd the Love team (Jazzbaby1 and Obscura) has a new challenge related to Into the Storm by supporting disaster preparedness/relief agencies:

    More info about this new challenge will be shared as it is known.

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    July 28, 2014 at 7:17 am

    July 27, 2014–As informational questions arise via the Contact Form, I/Grati will try to answer them here on this blog’s post (and above in the appropriate city event tab):

    1) Chicago
    Stacie asked: What hotel is Grati staying at for the Chicago weekend? In case others want to book this hotel?
    I have made a reservation (under my real name, ha!) for the Hilton Homewood Suites for that weekend (the hotel is converting over from being called the Hilton Crowne Plaza on Aug. 4th). The hotel is located at 163 E. Huron Street in Chicago (a block from Michigan Avenue. and near Navy Pier). I was able to get a govt employee discount for a small room that is half of what anyone else was charging. Here is their web site and phone (call them since the web site is tricky):‎ (888) 370-0983

    2) Portland, Oregon–Julie is looking for other RA Fans in her area who might be interested in getting together to view Into the Storm its opening weekend there.

    3) Denver, Colorado–Rebecca is wondering if there is anyone in Denver area wanting to do a meet up. I know that over on my other blog (SAL), someone had mentioned they lived in the Boulder area (which is about an hour away).

    If RA Fans in other parts of the country–or the world– want to try to connect to view Into the Storm together on opening weekend, please pose that question in a new comment thread below. As always, you need to be responsible and cautious with sharing your identity, personal information, and travel plans to strangers. We are a lovely RA Fan community, but don’t let an “outsider” (someone who has criminal intent), compromise your safety, finances, etc.

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    July 29, 2014 at 7:10 am

    July 29, 2014–Thanks to Kitty for the Into the Storm video interview with Richard Armitage (he is in character costume, so it was probably done during filming) link below:

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    July 29, 2014 at 7:22 am

    July 29, 2014–Thanks to Herba for retweeting Silent in Flames link to an Into the Storm Featurette

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    July 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    July 29, 2014–We had a question about the running time for Into the Storm. So i will share that with everyone here.

    Please note that Into the Storm runs 1 hr and 29 minutes per the AMC Theatres:

    It is the “Middle Earth movie” of Richard Armitage’s–The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies–that runs 2 hrs and 48 minutes.

    With all the promos for both films airing this week for Mr. Armitage’s films–plus news about his play The Crucible in London–we have a trifecta of Armitage Artistic projects to choose from. Cheers! Grati ;->

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    July 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    July 29, 2014–Thanks to Servetus of the blog (so much good stuff to see and read there) for pointing me to this article link to an onset interview with the cast and filmmakers of Into the Storm:

    Love the blogger’s blurb about the Director Steven Quale, too, Ha!:

    “Although Quale doesn’t shy away from calling his film “found footage,” he recognizes this style of movie can have a nauseating effect on an audience if it’s too jerky. Insisting on viewing all the dailies in large format, and relying on his experience making IMAX documentaries (co-directing ALIENS OF THE DEEP with James Cameron), Quale structured the points of view specifically to accommodate a more cinematic approach that would not require viewers to breathe into a barf bag.”

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    July 30, 2014 at 7:30 am

    July 30, 2014–A couple of things from Grati (your stormy co-admin, Ha!):

    1) If you want to register for the Chicago August 9th RA Fans gathering to viewing “Into the Storm”click on this web site’s Contact Form above and share your intent and city info. So far, we have 7.5 people who have confirmed. So we really need you to let us/Grati know if you are joining us. Thanks!

    2) if you want to register for the NYC August 9th RA Fans gathering to viewing “Into the Storm”, then please email Thanks!

    3) Please be sure to buy your movie tickets ahead of time–either by purchasing them online or by buying them earlier in the day on August 9th (though I suggest the first option to make sure the film time is not sold out).

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    July 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    July 30, 2014–Thanks to Servetus ( blog) for sharing this extended vid site link:

    Here is Servetus’ post link with screen caps and a review about the Brits using American accents:

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    July 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    July 30, 2014–MarieAstra8 is going to the “Into the Storm” NYC Premiere on August 4th! Woo hoo!

    Here is her announcement on her blog:

    She will be sure to share her experiences with everyone. But those who attend the August 9th OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 RA Fans Gathering will have a special opportunity to ask her all kinds of questions. And the most important of all questions? What shoes did RA wear to the premiere? Ha!

    Seriously, if you live on the Eastern Seaboard, don’t miss the opportunity to join Marie on August 9th. Be sure to RSVP to her via email at

    Thanks and Cheers! Grati (stormy co admin)

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