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Old 05-13-05, 01:21 PM
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Man, they are seriously stubborn (people in line at the Grauman's Chinese Theater)

Some 'Star Wars" fans reject Lucas' escort offer

By Fred Shuster
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"Star Wars" creator George Lucas has offered to send Imperial stormtroopers to escort the fan encampment at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood to the ArcLight cinema complex for the first screening of "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

But there are refuseniks in the ranks.

The fan line, which numbers some 200 of the most ardent "Star Wars" devotees, is holding forth at Grauman's in hopes Lucas' latest and final installment will screen at the theater there, where the five previous episodes opened. But Lucas has contracted to unveil the film at the ArcLight, a mile away on Sunset Boulevard.

About 50 actors dressed in the black-and-white uniforms of the series' Imperial Army will depart from the ArcLight around 4 p.m. Wednesday to escort fans waiting at Grauman's back to the ArcLight to wait for the curtain to rise. While the crowd waits for the first sold-out screenings just past midnight, lightsaber battles will play out in the ArcLight courtyard, according to Los Angeles-based JS2 Communications, which represents ArcLight theaters.

But not all the Grauman's die-hards will join the march. The 200 registered place-holders represent some 600 fans, of which about 150 are refuseniks who will either remain on Hollywood Boulevard in a candlelight vigil or plan to catch a midnight screening in Westwood or elsewhere in Hollywood.

"A lot of us are set to go with the stormtroopers, but some decided to politely say no thank you," said "Star Wars" camper Jerry Anderson, 27, a Los Angeles college student who's been on line since April 2. "It's heartbreaking. The series opened here (in 1977) - why not end it here?"

The ArcLight has set "Sith" screenings to run continuously for the first 24 hours, including those at the complex's historic 900-seat domed venue. Tickets for the 6:30 a.m. Thursday showing are still available. Fans from the Grauman's line were offered tickets at $14 each.

Still, even with the offer of an Imperial procession, the most committed of the Grauman's crew have launched a new campaign and Web site (www.chinese.liningup.net) to spread word of their dissent.

"We're protesting because we feel 'Star Wars' fans of the world are being deprived of the ultimate 'Star Wars' experience," said Gianennio Salucci. "Everyone should have a chance to see the film at Grauman's. It's the 'Star Wars' Mecca."

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I believe most of them are only staying in line for tradition's sake and they actually do have tickets for the ArcLight. At least that's what some people who're in the line have told me.
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Oh my god... there are actual stormtroopers alive..... ahhhhhh(jumps out the window)
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Well, honestly I wouldn't want to be escorted by Stormtroopers anywhere.
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Well, honestly I wouldn't want to be escorted by Stormtroopers anywhere.
Obi-Wan/ "These aren't the tickets I asked for." /Obi-Wan
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i'm a member at The Arclight (reserved tickets to the first screening in the cinerama dome) and i got the following email this morning...


STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH at ArcLight
Our members are the first to know...

THE DOME GOES DIGITAL! State-of-the-art 2K resolution projection will fill the big screen with clarity and detail. All Dome shows of Episode III will be in digital presentation.

MORE MIDNITE HOUR SHOWTIMES ADDED! Be one of the first to see the last episode of the saga. Purchase tickets now before we announce these extra shows to the general public on Saturday night.

24 HOUR CONTINUOUS SHOWTIMES! In addition to more midnite shows, we've added a 4am digital presentation. And seats are currently available in the 6:30am and 9:30am Dome shows. Our Café will be open, serving munchies for the middle-of-the-night diehards and offering continental breakfast items for the get-there-before-work crowd. Our coffee cart will be going full blast and we'll have our signature chicken sausage baguettes, hot dogs and critically-acclaimed popcorn and caramel corn at the snack stands.

LIGHTSABER DUELS AND STORMTROOPERS! Martial artist sword masters from Master Replicas will present live lightsaber duels in the plaza every hour after dark, Wednesday through Saturday, May 18 - 21. The 501st Legion Stormtroopers will oversee the duels. On Wednesday, May 18th, the 501st Legion, led by Darth Vader, will march through Hollywood to celebrate the opening of the film, returning to ArcLight around 7pm. Let the celebration begin and may the Force be with you.

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Cygnet74, sounds very cool. It would be really nice to have even a fraction of the cool stuff they'll have for your showings. All we're likely to get are a bunch of overweight Uberfans whose uniforms are far too small and far too revealing.
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Damnit! I'm leaving for Costa Rica on Saturday and would loved to have seen at least the imperial march/lightsaber duels. First ultra-cool thing about LA since I got here. They're even having USC-only screenings on Sunday with Ben Burtt. Never enough time...
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This changes some things. I don't know who's responsible for this, digital projection isn't even supposed to look good or work on a curved screen from what I've heard, but the fact is that Fox or Arclight or Lucasfilm or someone up there obviously likes us.

That being said, the commentary we have in the F.A.Q. about the dome not being digital are now a moot point. The cut that is 10 minutes longer will be showing at the dome. They're giving us free stuff. The 501'st is escorting us from the Chinese to the Dome on Wednesday.

When this website was launched, it seemed as though Fox were screwing us and had forgotten about us. Now, it seems as though they're trying to accommodate us as best as possible.
haha, they sold out...and don't say that they didn't. The original point from what i can understand was to have the series end at the same theater as it started in way back in the 70's. They waved a good transfer, 10 extra minutes and stormtroopers walking them there and they caved and completely forgot about their original reasoning. Sellouts haha

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Not sellouts just not morons.
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The best thing is that even if the movie did play at that theater, they are not even going to be the first to see it on the 19th. People on the East Coast will see it 3 hours sooner than them. THey will be out of the movie before California gets in to sit down. They should have flew to NYC to see it.
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Originally Posted by darqleo
"It's heartbreaking. The series opened here (in 1977) - why not end it here?"
If I waited to see it in the original theater I first saw Star Wars, I'd be sitting in front of an auto parts store.
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Originally Posted by glassdragon
Editor's Note:
This changes some things. I don't know who's responsible for this, digital projection isn't even supposed to look good or work on a curved screen from what I've heard, but the fact is that Fox or Arclight or Lucasfilm or someone up there obviously likes us.

That being said, the commentary we have in the F.A.Q. about the dome not being digital are now a moot point. The cut that is 10 minutes longer will be showing at the dome. They're giving us free stuff. The 501'st is escorting us from the Chinese to the Dome on Wednesday.

When this website was launched, it seemed as though Fox were screwing us and had forgotten about us. Now, it seems as though they're trying to accommodate us as best as possible.
haha, they sold out...and don't say that they didn't. The original point from what i can understand was to have the series end at the same theater as it started in way back in the 70's. They waved a good transfer, 10 extra minutes and stormtroopers walking them there and they caved and completely forgot about their original reasoning. Sellouts haha
Wow.

Way to stand by your convictions.
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If I waited to see it in the original theater I first saw Star Wars, I'd be sitting in front of an auto parts store.
now that would be impressive
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Hands down the biggest losers on the planet.

I hope Triumph the Insult Comic Dog pays them a visit. Oh wait this is LA, not NY...too bad.

If I was so desperate enough to see a movie, camping is the last thing I'd do. There are so many less costly ways of guaranteeing yourself a seat....
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If they really wanted to see 1st. in all that time they spent camping out they could have worked at a fast food place. And then take that money and pay the hundreds of dollars to that advance charity screening they had.
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Geeks who have no convictions are the worst kind. If you are going to geek out for something, well Ok, you are just a moron. If you give up that something just for stupid parade, then you are a complete loser
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Wow.

Way to stand by your convictions.

not sure if that was a slam at me or them lol. I do believe though that they should have stuck to their guns. Makes them look like sellouts when they do this.
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If I waited to see it in the original theater I first saw Star Wars, I'd be sitting in front of an auto parts store.
i'd be at Rite Aid.
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Oh my god... there are actual stormtroopers alive..... ahhhhhh(jumps out the window)
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What i'm really tempted to do is first wait until midnight so that only the most stubborn and close-minded people remain there (some smart individuals would just leave beforehand) and in a van chock full of waterballoons, completely unload in water-strafes on that line.
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I am a Star Wars nerd without much money, so I can't pull this prank, but...

I think it would be really funny to buy as many tickets as possible to the four screens showing Episode III tonight at midnight in Cheyenne so no one else could go!
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so what happened w/ these nerds?
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In a shocking turn of events, none of them got laid.

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