Philly Man Saw 316 Movies at Regal Last Year, More Than Anyone Else In the Nation
When we advocate for people to turn their local movie theater into a home away from home, we don’t exactly expect anyone to take it literally!
Tell that to Glenn Miller, who saw a whopping 316 movies last year at Regal UA Riverview Plaza in Philadelphia. “There are only 365 days in a year!" he responded when Regal informed him of the news.
In fact, Miller, 65, of West Philadelphia, saw more movies in 2018 than any other Regal Crown Club rewards member in the country. In turn, Regal feted the dedicated cinephile with a private screening at Riverview Plaza and a $500 gift card.
“I knew he came quite frequently but when they told me the number I was completely blown away,” said Gary Dailey, general manager at the theater.
Miller’s viewing habits are … unique … to put it politely. He used to consume more television than movies, once stacking three TV sets on top of each other—a 19-inch set on top of a 25-inch set on top of a 35-inch set—and watch three different programs at the same time.
But last year he began renovating his house and “not being much for the bars or for the streets” he needed a new place to hang, and a new form of entertainment.
Miller had tried several theaters closer to his West Philly home over the years, but none were as comfortable for him as the Riverview in South Philly. So he’d hit the theater up on his way home from work as an electronic technician at Philadelphia International Airport.
“It’s my comfort zone. I do a little praying in there, a little meditation,” Miller said. “I may not even always go into the movies every time. I may just stay in the lobby and do a little prayer.”
Miller estimates he saw ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Creed II’ “25 times each, at the minimum,” and he considers ‘Black Panther’ to be his favorite movie of all time. He is generally open to all types of cinema, but will usually skip horror flicks. “There’s enough horror living in this life,” he said with a laugh.
For his private screening, Miller chose ‘Kingdom Men Rising,’ a documentary about “exploring what it means to be a real man in the midst of cultural trends where there is confusion about masculinity,” according to IMDB. He chose the film with his pastor and invited members of his congregation at Calvary Baptist Church to the screening.
“I’m also going to dinner every other night too, so I’m treating myself,” Miller said. “I’m very blessed at this point in time.”