Some of them have been in line at the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. since December 5th. Over 160 super fans of the ‘Star Wars’ movies are camped out in tents and chairs, amongst the foot and hand-prints of the stars immortalized there, waiting for their chance to see the movie ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ early on December 17th. The fans must log at least 24 hours in line to gain entry to the theater’s first public showing of the film, but those who spend more time in line will earn preferential seat selection. Two of them, a couple from Australia will even be getting married right in front, just before the premiere. When they start going in to see the movie, many of the fans will have been in line 12 days. Because of their devotion, a number of them got a chance to be a part of movie history and participate in the biggest red carpet movie premiere event of all time! The event, even by ‘Star Wars’ standards, was an intergalactic spectacular. There was a massive white tent covering four city blocks and the red carpet is said to be four times longer than the one used for the annual Oscars awards ceremony. The movie premiere last night was just for VIP’s; The movie opens to the general public on December 18th.
According to fan Steve Sisoev, he and many others have more than one special reason for being here. “We’re all here for the same reason. We are all big ‘Star Wars’ fans, but there is another main focus for some of us. We are teamed up with a group called the Starlight Children’s Foundation, that raises money to bring joy to children in hospitals.” Steve shared. “The majority of us have sponsors, the more time we spend in line, the more money that gets donated to our charity. We have people here from all over the world, just having fun, raising money and waiting for the movie.”
The 1977 premiere of “A New Hope”, the ‘Star Wars’ franchise’s first film, was also held at the Chinese Theater. “There are guys lined up today that were lined up in the original group here when it was called the Mann’s Chinese Theater in 1977.” Steve said. “There are a couple of people that were only two or three in 1977 when they were in line and are here now with their two and three year olds.” Nearly 40 years later, the ‘Star Wars’ franchise is one of the most successful in history. In 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm, and that included the rights to ‘Star Wars’, for $4 billion. Industry experts say they expect Disney to make back all of that and more, even before “The Force Awakens” finishes its run in cinemas. The film alone is expected to gross between $1.5 and $2 billion worldwide.
More info or tickets for the new movie ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ can be found on: starwars.com
The movie opens to the general public on December 18th.
For more information on donating to the children go to: Starlightfoundation or GIVEactually