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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 9, 2009 at 3:23 PM

A surprise “Star Trek” premiere in Austin — with Mr. Spock

I’m no Trekkie (sorry, Trekker), but this story’s irresistible nonetheless. Earlier this week, as some of you might know, the new J.J. Abrams “Star Trek” movie had its world premiere in Australia. Except that wasn’t the world premiere: Three hours earlier (on Monday night), Leonard Nimoy made a surprise appearance at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, to a crowd gathered for what they thought would be a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” with the added attraction of a ten-minute sneak peek of the new movie. In the first moments of “Khan,” the film “caught fire like the engine room of the enterprise” (according to the cinema’s blog) — and a dark-raincoat-clad Nimoy, who seemingly appeared out of nowhere (Spock moves in mysterious ways, apparently), asked the crowd if they wouldn’t just rather see the whole new movie instead. You can imagine the response — or you can watch it on the video on this NY Times page. Check out the cinema’s blog, too. Made me wish I’d been there.

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