'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Here's Where to See the First Teaser

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This weekend visit a galaxy far, far away

This weekend, prepare for theaters to become hives of scum and villainy — or, at least, havens for Star Wars fans eager to see the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

After an accidental leak and a signature Abrams tease, Disney has confirmed that the teaser trailer for next year's Star Wars sequel will be playing in approximately 30 theaters over the coming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. (According to the studio, the footage will also "be seen in theaters around the world this December.")

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Those theaters are:

Phoenix, AZ: Harkins Tempe Marketplace
Los Angeles, CA: AMC Century City
Los Angeles, CA: El Capitan
Irvine, CA: Regal Spectrum Irvine 21
San Francisco, CA: AMC Metreon 16
San Jose, CA: Cinemark Oakridge 20
San Diego, CA: Regal Mira Mesa 18
Toronto, Canada: CPX Younge & Dundas
Vancouver, Canada: CPX Riverport
Denver, CO: AMC Westminster 24
Washington, D.C.: AMC Tysons Corner 16
Miami, FL: Carmike Parisian 20
Atlanta, GA: Regal Atlantic Station
Chicago, IL: Regal City North
Boston, MA: AMC Boston Commons 19
Detroit, MI: Cinemark Showcase 20
Minneapolis, MN: AMC Southdale
Kansas City, MO: AMC Studio 30
New York, NY: AMC Lincoln Square 12
New York, NY: Regal Union Square
Cleveland, OH: Cinemark 24
Philadelphia, PA: Regal Warrington 22
Nashville, TN: Carmike Thoroughbred 20
Knoxville, TN: Regal Pinnacle
Dallas, TX: Cinemark Plano 20
Houston, TX: Regal Marq*E Stadium 23
Austin, TX: Alamo S. Lamar
Salt Lake City, UT: Cinemark 24 WJ
Seattle, WA: Regal Thornton Place 14
Milwaukee, WI: Marcus Brookfield 16

With the trailer attached to all movies playing in the theaters for the weekend, theater owners will likely have something more to be thankful for during the holiday; when the first trailer for 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace was released, The New York Times reported “substantial gains … at theaters showing it.”

Interestingly, the footage isn’t being officially described as a trailer; instead, Lucasfilm is calling it “an early 88-second tease” from the movie. Whether this means that what will be shown will be in a different format from teaser trailers as audiences have come to expect them — perhaps the footage consists of merely one scene from the movie, without credits? — is something that will doubtless be the subject of much speculation between now and Friday.

It’s worth noting that at no point has there been any official (or even unofficial) commentary about the “tease” being released online. Could this be something intended solely for theaters? Given the anticipation surrounding the release, it’s not unlikely that fans will end up paying for multiple movie screenings just for a chance to see the footage again — unless, of course, the trailer appears online ahead of time, whether intentionally or via an Avengers: Age of Ultron-style leak.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released Dec. 18, 2015.