12:37pm PT by Graeme McMillan
How Many Times Can a Fan Watch 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' In a Row?
Many people are excited about the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but are they excited enough to sit through the movie on an endless loop in the hopes of being named the most hardcore of all Star Wars viewers?
That's the challenge awaiting seven fans at a contest at the Alamo Drafthouse's Austin, Texas locations as it celebrates the first new Star Wars movie in a decade.
It's not just J.J. Abrams' revival of the franchise that the potential Star Wars uberfan will have to survive. Contestants will begin at 4 a.m. on Dec. 17 with a sequential viewing of the six Star Wars movies to date: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars (AKA A New Hope), The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — before settling down for what's officially described as "an endless, round-the-clock screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens until one final fan is left to claim their mantle of intergalactic super fan supremacy."
The last fan standing will also get to claim a seven year movie pass to Alamo Drafthouse theaters, a theater seat named in their honor and additional Star Wars merchandise, including a series of prints from Mondo.
If this sounds a little insane, that's OK; the Drafthouse itself describes the contest as "the most insane Star Wars marathon competition in the galaxy." Thankfully, the rules state that "Participants will be given breaks between movies to stretch their legs and channel their inner Force," although "sleeping, illegal drugs and talking & texting during the movies (of course) will result in disqualification and a swift trip to the Sarlacc Pit."
In order to become one of the seven lucky entrants, fans have to prove their love via social media, sharing whatever pictorial proof they want via Instagram using the hashtag #AlamoJedi. "Photos may not contain sex, nudity or violence," the official rules explain, adding that they also "cannot disparage Star Wars or cast it in a negative light."