‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: What You Should Know For Opening Night

Source: Lucasfilm

Source: Lucasfilm

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is fast approaching, and anticipation is building every day. Disney and Lucasfilm have skillfully leaked out just enough information over the last few months to keep us intrigued, without giving away anything big enough to spoil the whole movie. Meanwhile, we’ve known for awhile that October 19 would mark the first day for opening night tickets going on sale online. What we didn’t know was how expansive and celebratory they would make that day.

Yes, tickets are still going on sale. Additionally though, there’s a whole lot of other reasons to be excited, including full-day Star Wars movie marathons, and exclusive gear and memorabilia. We have all the information you could possibly need to ensure you don’t miss out on The Force Awakens when it premieres on December 18.

Movie theater exclusives

Star Wars 3D Glasses - The Force Awakens

Source: Lucasfilm

Virtually every major theater is pulling out all the stops to get fans in the front door, offering a whole host of exclusive giveaways and gear. The choice is really up to you, the viewer, in terms of how many times you want to see The Force Awakens in order to capitalize on all this.

AMC Theaters: Following the release on December 18, every Sunday between December 20 and January 1 gives you the chance to score an “AMC-exclusive” Star Wars poster designed by Dan Mumford. Every weekend will mark the release of a new poster and comes free with the purchase of a ticket for that day.

Regal Cinemas: Following the release on December 18, every Saturday between December 19 and January 9, the first 500 tickets purchased will be a collectible Force Awakens version complete with exclusive artwork. The one caveat: It only applies to IMAX tickets, so plan accordingly. A new ticket design will be released every Saturday during the designated period.

Cinemark: It was announced a while back that 3D screenings of The Force Awakens would include special collectible RealD 3D glasses (pictured above). For Cinemark theaters, fans can score the glasses in three ways: attending one of their marathon Star Wars events (more on that soon), attending the opening of The Force Awakens December 17, or purchasing a special Star Wars concession combo.

Alamo Drafthouse: Any fan purchasing advance tickets at Alamo Drafthouse locations to The Force Awakens gets an officially licensed pint glass and a collector’s issue of BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH. featuring a special Star Wars spread.

El Capitan Theatre: It’s not quite a gear giveaway, but what El Capitan lacks in free swag is made up for by its presentation. The Force Awakens will be presented with a “state-of-the-art laser projection system,” which is salesman speak for “it’ll be in super duper hi-def.” For maximum Star Wars cheese, they’ll also feature an “all-new laser lightsaber curtain show,” making us wonder what the problem was with the old laser lightsaber curtain show we assume existed before.

Fandango: Many of you will likely go through Fandango to purchase tickets anyway, automatically entering you into a sweepstakes where the main prize is a trip to the world premiere of The Force Awakens. Purchasing within the first 24 hours of availability affords you additional entries as well. There will be 10 runners-up that will instead win a “Dark Side” or “Light Side” prize pack.

The Star Wars Marathon Event

Star Wars Marathon - The Force Awakens

Source: Lucasfilm

Marvel did something similar leading into the release of Age of Ultron: One theater, a whole bunch of movies, and the relative loss of your sanity should you find yourself unprepared for the occasion. For Lucasfilm the fun kicks off on December 17, with 2D screenings of every Star Wars film beginning with Episode I: The Phantom Menace. 

The night closes out with the premiere of The Force Awakens in 3D, giving fans the full 14-hour experience (about half the run-time of Marvel’s marathon for reference). Purchase of a ticket also includes a lanyard with exclusive Force Awakens artwork.

Participating theaters:

REGAL CINEMAS TIKAHTNU 16 Anchorage, AK
COLONEL GLENN 18 Little Rock, AR
AMC WESTGATE 20 Glendale, AZ
HARKINS SUPERSTITION SPRINGS 25 Mesa, AZ
MARKETPLACE 16 Tempe, AZ
CINEMARK PARK PLACE 20 Tucson, AZ
MAYA BAKERSFIELD 16 Bakersfield, CA
AMC BURBANK 16 Burbank, CA
REGAL HACIENDA CROSSINGS 20 Dublin, CA
EDWARDS FRESNO 22 Fresno, CA
EL CAPITAN Hollywood, CA
CENTURY 20 Huntington Beach, CA
EDWARDS SPECTRUM 21 Irvine, CA
CINEMARK 22 Lancaster, CA
MONTEREY 13 Monterey, CA
EDWARDS STADIUM 26 North Long Beach, CA
AMC ORANGE 30 Orange, CA
AMC ONTARIO MILLS 30 Ontario, CA
CENTURY RIVER PARK 16 Oxnard, CA
REDWOOD DOWNTOWN 20 Redwood City, CA
AMC METREON 16 San Francisco, CA
CENTURY 20 OAKRIDGE San Jose, CA
ARCLIGHT 16 Sherman Oaks, CA
CARMIKE THOUSAND OAKS 14 Thousand Oaks, CA
CENTURY 16 GREENBACK LANE Sacramento, CA
AMC MISSION VALLEY 20 San Diego, CA
EDWARDS MIRA MESA 18 San Diego, CA
HARKINS NORTHFIELD 18 Denver, CO
AMC WESTMINSTER PROMENADE 24 Westminster, CO
AMC LOEWS DANBURY 16 Danbury, CT
BUCKLAND HILLS 18 Manchester, CT
CONNECTICUT POST 14 Milford, CT
AMC AVENTURA 24 Aventura, FL
CINEMARK PALACE 20 Boca Raton, FL
CINEMARK PARADISE 24 Davie, FL
DELRAY MARKPLACE 12 Delray Beach, FL
AMC REGENCY 24 Jacksonville, FL
REGAL KENDALL VILLAGE 16 Miami, FL
REGAL WATERFORD LAKES 20 Orlando, FL
AMC TALLAHASSEE MALL 20 Tallahassee, FL
AMC VETERANS 24 Tampa, FL
MUVICO PARISIAN 20 West Palm Beach, FL
UNIVERSITY 16 Athens, GA
REGAL ATLANTIC STATION 18 Atlanta, GA
WARD 16 Honolulu, HI
EDWARDS BOISE 21 Boise, ID
ADDISON CINEMA Addison, IL
AMC RIVER EAST 21 Chicago, IL
REGAL CITY NORTH 14 Chicago, IL
CENTURY 12 EVANSTON/CINEARTS 6 Evanston, IL
AMC SHOWPLACE NAPERVILLE 16 Naperville, IL
ROSEMONT 18 Rosemont, IL
AMC SHOWPLACE SCHEREVILLE 16 Schererville, IN
GOODRICH HAMILTON 16 Noblesville, IN
CEDAR RAPIDS GALAXY 16 CINE Cedar Rapids, IA
CINEMARK 20 JORDAN CREEK West Des Moines, IA
AMC STUDIO 30 Olathe, KS
CINETOPIA OVERLAND PARK 18 Overland Park, KS
13TH AVE. WARREN Wichita, KS
CINEMARK FAYETTE MALL Lexington, KY
CINEMARK TINSELTOWN USA Louisville, KY
AMC NEWPORT 20 Newport, KY
REGAL LOUISIANA BOARDWALK 14 Bossier City, LA
AMC BATON ROUGE 16 Baton Rouge, LA
AMC ELMWOOD PALACE 20 Harahan, LA
AMC WHITE MARSH 16 Baltimore, MD
CINEMARK EGYPTIAN 24 Hanover, MD
REGAL CINEMAS MAJESTIC 20 Silver Spring, MD
AMC LOEWS BOSTON COMM 19 Boston, MA
SHOWCASE CINEMAS DE LUX REVERE Revere, MA
NCG TRILLIUM CINEMAS Grand Blanc, MI
CELEBRATION! CINEMA Grand Rapids, MI
NCG EASTWOOD CINEMAS Lansing, MI
AMC FORUM 30 Sterling Heights, MI
MJR SOUTHGATE 20 Southgate, MI
MARCUS OAKDALE Oakdale, MN
AMC ROSEDALE 14 Roseville, MN
SHOWPLACE ICON St. Louis Park, MN
RONNIES 20 CINE Sappington, MO
TWIN CREEK Bellevue, NE
REGAL STONECREST AT PIPER GLEN 22 Charlotte, NC
AMC SOUTHPOINT 17 Durham, NC
AMC GARDEN STATE 16 Paramus, NJ
CENTURY RIO 24 Albuquerque, NM
REGAL CROSSGATES 18 Albany, NY
UA SHEEPSHEAD BAY 14 Brooklyn, NY
COLLEGE POINT 12 College Point, NY
ISLAND 16 CINEMA DE LUX Holtsville, NY
AMC EMPIRE 25 New York, NY
REGAL UNION SQUARE 14 New York, NY
AMC LOEWS PORT CHESTER 14 Port Chester, NY
CINEMARK TINSELTOWN USA Rochester, NY
AMC LOEWS RACEWAY 10 Westbury, NY
REGAL RED ROCK 16 Las Vegas, NV
AMC LENOX TOWN CENTER 24 Columbus, OH
CINEMARK AT VALLEY VIEW Valley View, OH
WARREN THEATRES Moore, OK
AMC QUAIL SPRNGS 24 Oklahoma City, OK
AMC SOUTHROADS 20 Tulsa, OK
REGAL BRIDGEPORT VILLAGE 18 Tigard, OR
AMC NESHAMINY 24 Bensalem, PA
UA KING OF PRUSSIA STADIUM 16 King of Prussia, PA
AMC LOEWS WATERFRONT 22 West Homestead, PA
PROVIDENCE PLACE CINEMAS 16 Providence, RI
THOROUGHBRED 20 Franklin, TN
REGAL PINNACLE 18 Knoxville, TN
MALCO PARADISO Memphis, TN
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE SOUTH LAMAR Austin, TX
AMC NORTHPARK 15 Dallas, TX
CINEMARK 17 Dallas, TX
CINEMARK 20 El Paso, TX
AMC GULF POINTE 30 Houston, TX
EDWARDS HOUSTON MARQ’E 23 Houston, TX
CINEMARK TINSELTOWN 20 Pflugerville, TX
CINEMARK WEST PLANO 20 Plano, TX
SANTIKOS PALLADIUM 22 Richmond, TX
SANTIKOS PALLADIUM San Antonio, TX
MEGAPLEX 20 AT THE DISTRICT South Jordan, UT
CINEMARK TINSELTOWN 17 Spring, TX
PARAGON VILLAGE 12 Fredericksburg, VA
AMC TYSON CORNER 16 McLean, VA
AMC LYNNHAVEN 18 Virginia Beach, VA
AMC LOEWS ALDERWOOD MALL 16 Lynnwood, WA
LINCOLN SQUARE Bellevue, WA
CENTURY FEDERAL WAY Federal Way, WA
SEATTLE CINERAMA Seattle, WA
AMC RIVER PARK SQUARE 20 Spokane, WA
MARCUS PALACE CINEMAS Sun Prairie, WI
MAJESTIC CINEMA OF BROOKFIELD Waukesha, WI
SCOTIABANK THEATRE TORONTO Toronto, ON
SCOTIABANK THEATRE VANCOUVER Vancouver, BC
CINEMA BANQUE SCOTIA MONTREAL Montreal, QC
CINEPLEX ODEON SOUTH EDMONTON Edmonton, AB
SCOTIABANK THEATRE CHINOOK Calgary, AB
LANDMARK CINEMAS 24 KANATA Kanata, ON

Teasers and trailers

Leading up to the main event in December, Lucasfilm and Disney have released a series of short teasers as well as several domestic and international full-length trailers to whet our appetites. Check each one below and see for yourself:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teasers

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Trailers (U.S. and Japan)

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