It has been 10 long years since the world last saw a Star Wars movie — and that movie was Episode III, so it’s best forgotten anyway.
But we’re quickly getting close to D-Day, December 17th; that’s when Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the Star Wars saga, will premiere in cinemas around Australia and around the world. Tickets for the movie’s screenings went on sale at 8AM today, and theatre websites are getting hammered.
At the moment, the IMAX website is down, although Event Cinemas is doing just fine. As far as I can tell, tickets are selling fast If I’m being honest, it’s a little bit silly to be queueing up online for movie tickets — it’s not like they’re going to run out. But, if you want to see The Force Awakens at a midnight premiere screening, there’s only one way to do it.
As you’d expect, tickets to the George Street, Sydney premiere are sold out — so are the four Gold Class sessions after that.
The IMAX website is getting hammered. IMAX theatres are going all out with the movie — the Melbourne screen is showing it every three hours for four days.
IMAX Sydney isn’t committing to only showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it is going to take up a lot of its silver screen time. An IMAX spokesperson told Gizmodo:
“While we do not have any new releases lined up in January, we are not committing to 100% of the screen time to be dedicated to Star Wars.
“As a single screen theatre, Star Wars will indeed get a good run here at the theatre and will heavily dominate our programing from its release on December 17, however there may still be room for other films (such as our traditional IMAX films) to also screen during the Christmas break. It’s too early to tell at this stage and it will be determined by the demand and success of the film.”
Did you get yours? Are you going to a midnight premiere? Are you going to dress up as Jar-Jar Binks? Let us know in the comments below.