Maiden Alley Cinema executive director Landee Bryant was only sitting at a table on Market House Square for a few minutes before an acquaintance walked up, obviously excited.
“When is trivia night again? I can’t wait,” the man said.
Bryant was only too happy to answer. Maiden Alley’s first movie trivia night is Thursday, she said, and teams can even register that night. That conversation has happened countless times since MAC announced the trivia night, which will focus solely on testing a trivia buff’s cinematic knowledge.
“Trivia nights around town are always fun,” Bryant said. “But you see most of the same people there. They are on the trivia circuit. So we decided to get in on that, and let’s face it, there are no shortage of movie trivia questions. The film genre is huge, and at some point we started asking ourselves why we weren’t doing it.”
Thursday will feature 10 rounds of 10 questions which will touch on nearly every movie genre. One round will include movie scenes that will be acted out by Paducah Improv. Quiz master Corey Greene has spent almost a month coming up with questions that are the challenging, but appeal to a wide fan base. Bryant said the questions hit on all aspects of film, from different genres to actors to directors and behind-the-scenes knowledge.
Perhaps the most important part of Thursday night is the spoils that comes with winnings. Second and third place teams will get Maiden Alley swag and movie passes, but first place winners get a private movie screening for themselves and 100 friends.
As of Tuesday, there were still open spots for trivia teams. Doors open to Maiden Alley at 6 p.m., and Bryant recommends coming early to secure a spot in the competition.
The theater will also have space for those who don’t want to answer questions and would rather watch the show.
Bryant said the hype around the event has MAC thinking about making trivia night a reoccurring event, whether it is bi-monthly or even yearly.
“We started to work on questions, and what we found was that there is more than enough movie trivia to go around,” Bryant said. “If it goes well, I can definitely see doing it again.”
Call Corianne Egan, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652 or follow @CoriEgan on Twitter.