Disney Warns 'Rogue One' Premiere Traffic "Will Be as Challenging as a Death Star Trench Run"

Nearby shops  — and The L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition — will remain open during Saturday's festivities.
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Rogue One focuses on the rebel plot to steal the plans to the Death Star, which may be an easier feat than trying to navigate Hollywood Boulevard this Saturday night.

In anticipation of the world premiere for the Gareth Edwards-directed Star Wars standalone, roads surrounding the Pantages Theater have been closed since Monday night, including several blocks of Hollywood Boulevard (from Cahuenga Boulevard to Gower Street). 

Road closures will last until 6 a.m. Tuesday, but sidewalks have remained open to foot traffic, save for the day of the actual premiere.

"We anticipate that traffic and parking around the premiere will be as challenging as a Death Star trench run," warned Disney in an email to premiere attendees.

The Rogue One premiere carpet does not appear to be as big as last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere, which took place a little further down Hollywood Boulevard at the Dolby Theatre, El Capitan Theatre and the TCL Chinese Theatre — and prompted street closures that were bigger than the Oscars ceremony.

A covered tent, which takes up both lanes of traffic, already has been set up in front of the Pantages, as well as a large stage and black carpet. Security officers are posted at every cross street and at various places along the sidewalk on the boulevard.

On Tuesday night, a life-sized X-Wing was brought in and placed at the entrance to the carpet. On Friday afternoon, pedestrians were stopping to take selfies in front of the starfighter, which sat behind two metal barricades.

"There are always throngs of people after shows get out [at the Pantages], but I feel like this will be way different," says an employee who will be working Saturday night. 

Many of the surrounding shops and restaurants plan to maintain their normal business hours on the night of the premiere. 

People can still get their sushi fix Saturday at the Katsuya on Hollywood Boulevard, but valet parking will not be available due the closure of Vine Street (Vine will be closed from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard on Saturday night).
 
For those interested in Scientology, the L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition (on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue) will remain open throughout its regular hours, until 10 p.m., the night of the premiere.

Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna, and blasts into theaters nationwide Dec. 16.

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