'Star Wars' Excitement Takes Over the Triangle
Triangle residents young and old are making plans to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" this weekend, with some undoubtedly attending early screenings that start Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at select theaters. Members of the Baby Boomers generation on up through Generation Z (born after 2000) have already purchased tickets and are structuring their weekend plans around this big event.
Advance ticket sales of the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" series had already exceeded $50 million by Nov. 20, which broke Fandango's presale record, according to Variety. Theater chains have been forced to add more showings to keep up with demand, and most IMAX screenings have sold out.
In anticipation of large crowds, theaters around the Triangle have planned exciting premiere events. Marbles IMAX will show "Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D" for 33 consecutive hours beginning Thursday at 7 p.m., and tickets to 32 of the 40 show times through Christmas Day are already sold out (at the time this post was published). The theater will provide "Star Wars"-themed preshow entertainment in the “Marbles Spaceport” beginning 2.5 hours prior to each show time. Activities include do-it-yourself droids, board games, blaster practice, photo opps and more.
Frank Theaters Cinebowl & Grille in Cary still has tickets available on its FDX X-treme screen, which features a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen, as well as a superior projector and sound system.
Silverspot Cinema in Chapel Hill is catering to an older audience by offering "Sabery" cocktails from a nearby lounge such as Cantina Punch and the Emperor's Elixer. Star Wars fans will be "galactically greeted" by Stormtroopers, Mandos, Siths, Juno Eclipse, a Tuscan Raider, Princess Leia and of course, Darth Vader.
Safe Haven for Cats has cleverly given punny "Star Wars" names to 11 cats being sheltered there, appealing to potential owners by saying, "You are their only hope." Adopt cats by the name of Purrincess Leia, Luke Furwalker and Mewbacco, to name a few. Learn more here.
Wake County Schools have also jumped into the fun with a "Star Wars Hour of Code" this week, during which 30 schools participated in a "Star Wars"-themed coding science initiative. This not only tied into the movie, but gave students an opportunity to learn about the magnet theme Powell Elementary will implement next year when its name changes to the Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity Magnet Elementary School.
Facebook is even getting in on the action by offering a "Star Wars" light saber filter you can add to your profile picture. My oldest son didn't waste any time adding that to his Facebook profile picture! (See photo at right.)
Of course, all of this "Star Wars" mania may lead to "Star Wars" toys on your child's Christmas list, so be sure to check out our out-of-this-world "Star Wars" gift guide.
What "Star Wars"-themed premiere events are you excited about? Our family is heading to Marbles IMAX on Sunday for the 4 p.m. show, which we bought tickets for back on Oct. 20! My sons get so excited about seeing this movie, they turn into giddy 8- and 6-year-olds again — even though they are now 18 and 16. One son has made several predictions about the plot, while another says he doesn't want to overthink it so it doesn't detract from the experience!
Share your Star Wars movie-watching plans with us below. And may the force be with you!