A sold-out showing of all seven of the “Star Wars” movies at Cinerama was one way Seattle-area fans got ready for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” See how hundreds of fans spent the rest of the day.
The wait is over.
Five hundred and fifty die-hard fans gathered in the wee hours of Thursday for a 21-hour “Star Wars” marathon at downtown Seattle’s Cinerama, which culminated with the long-awaited release of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Starting at 1 a.m. with the first of the prequels (1999’s “The Phantom Menace”), followed by the original trilogy (Episodes IV, V and VI) during the day, and continuing into the evening when the new film would be screened, fans like Marc Morin subsisted on little else besides popcorn and images of Stormtroopers.
“I also know the Cinerama partnered up with Tom Douglas, offering some ‘Star Wars’-themed specials. So I’m going to check those out,” he said.
Though Morin was catching a few winks before the screening began, he said, “The excitement of being there of watching all the movies will keep me going.”
Also on hand at the theater were members of the 501st Legion, a volunteer organization authorized by Disney and Lucasfilm to do public appearances as “Star Wars” characters for charity.
Members from around the state were on hand throughout the day to pose for pictures. Matthew Brown, the commanding officer of the garrison, who says he dresses as a Stormtrooper, Boba Fett or Darth Vader depending on his mood, said, “We’re really excited to be part of it.”
Tickets to the marathon, which cost $75, sold out in less than 24 hours, and ticket sales for “The Force Awakens” were stellar.
“It’s our biggest presale number in our theater history,” said Vulcan marketing manager Josh Lackey. (Paul Allen’s Vulcan bought and renovated the theater, in danger of being demolished, in 1998). In fact, it’s sold out at Cinerama through Dec. 27.
“The way it’s going at this point, it’s going to break many, many records,” Lackey said.