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A man fell asleep during 'The Exorcist: Believer' and woke up at 3:47 a.m locked inside an empty theater

A composite images of screenshots from a TikTok of a man wearing a hoodie and an empty movie theater.
In his video, Jeffrey Bryant said the theater was totally empty.Screenshot/TikTok - hittaa_jeff
  • A video went viral of Jeffrey Bryant realizing he'd woken up in a closed AMC theater at 3:47 a.m.

  • He said he went to see "The Exorcist: Believer" but his seat was so comfortable he fell asleep.

  • Bryant told Insider he was trapped in a theater in Orange, California, for over five hours.

A 23-year-old said he was watching the movie "The Exorcist: Believer" on October 29 when he fell asleep. He woke up at 3:47 a.m. to find the theater completely empty, he said, with no workers or moviegoers in sight. Jeffrey Bryant documented himself walking around his local AMC theater in Orange, California, baffled as to what happened.

In the TikTok, which has been viewed more than 1.6 million times, Bryant captured himself bleary-eyed right after he woke up in the early morning of October 30.

"I fell asleep in the movies woke up at 3:47 AM not 1 employee on site they closed at 11," he wrote in an on-screen caption.

 

Bryant told Insider this week that he had gone to see a 10:05 p.m. showing of the franchise horror film that evening. He said that he wasn't particularly sleepy at the time but that the first part of the movie was "kind of boring," adding that the combination of the air conditioning and the cozy chairs made him so comfortable he ended up dozing off.

The runtime of "The Exorcist: Believer" is only 2 hours and 12 minutes, so he should have left shortly after midnight.

In the video, Bryant asked himself why he fell asleep in a movie theater while walking through a desolate AMC hallway. "Nobody is in the movie theater anymore, bro. Nobody."

He then showed viewers an empty lobby and snack area with the lights still on. Bryant added that he didn't believe anyone had tried to wake him up.

Bryant told Insider that when he woke up, he didn't immediately realize what time it was. He said he only saw the LED lights for the chairs, so he assumed the movie had ended. He figured out what happened after he picked up his phone and saw it was nearly 4 a.m. the next day.

"The concession stand was fully empty as I walked," he recalled, "so now I'm kind of in shock."

He said the front doors were locked, but he managed to get out through an emergency exit as its alarm went off.

In a follow-up TikTok video he shared last week, Bryant said he didn't see a single person in the theater when he filmed his initial TikTok. He said there was a security guard present when he arrived at the theater, but that person had left by the time he woke up.

"As I walked outside, only my car was there, and the outside lights were off," Bryant told Insider. In total, he said he spent five and a half hours in the AMC theater.

The comments on his videos were flooded with people laughing at the bizarre occurrence and cracking jokes about how the movie theater recliners were "dangerous." Some asked him whether he raided the snack pantry (he said no in the follow-up clip). Other viewers shared similar experiences they'd had, including one woman who said she went on a date with a man who fell asleep during their movie. "When the movie was over, I didn't wake him and just left," she wrote.

Some commenters expressed shock at how he could fall asleep during a movie such as "The Exorcist: Believer," the sixth installment of the horror series about evil spirits and demons.

"The sleep demon took you overrr," one person quipped.

"How in the world did you fall asleep on THAT movie of all movies," another person asked with laughing emojis.

"That AC," Bryant replied to the comment.

Insider has reached out to AMC Theaters for comment.

Correction: November 9, 2023 — An earlier version of this story misstated the location of the AMC theater. It is in Orange, California, not Anaheim.

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