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Star Wars: The security awakens.
Ahead of Monday’s premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney is taking multiple precautions to ensure the safety of cast and crew of the film, as well as the guests attending the night’s event.
Hollywood Blvd. has been shut down from Highland Ave to La Brea Ave., with the street behind the El Capitan theater also completely shut down, all of which is quartered off with heavy metal dividers.
The Hollywood and Highland parking garage is closed to anyone who is not a guest of Monday’s event.
In order to get onto the Boulevard, foot traffic has to pass through metal detectors, which are posted at every cross street, including Orange and Sycamore. Large lines of tourists have begun to form at these outposts, while security officers with wands check several people pulled from the crowd.
“There is no crossing the street. You have to go all the way around,” a security officer told The Hollywood Reporter, when asked if there was any way to traverse Hollywood Blvd., without having to walk to quarter mile stretch from Highland to LaBrea.
Bomb sniffing dogs check the perimeter of a large white tent that has been erected in the middle of the street, where talent will walk a red carpet held inside and talk to press before entering Monday night’s screenings.
A thin red carpet leads from the press tent into the Dolby Theatre, where the movie will be screened, along with the El Capitan and TCL Chinese. If all three theaters — TCL Chinese Theater (1,152), Dolby Theater (3,401) and the El Capitan Theatre (1,100) — are filled, this means that more than 5,000 guests are attending the premiere.
Outside of the tent, there are a set of bleachers set up, which will likely be filled with fans who will have to opportunity to watch the night’s festivities from and ideal vantage point.
People have posted up in folding lawn chairs on the sidewalk outside of the metal barricades in the hopes of sneaking a peek at stars like Carrie Fisher or John Boyega.
“Sidewalks will be open all day,” a LAPD officer tells THR.
Businesses on Hollywood Blvd. are also to remain open during the premiere. There is already a long line to get into the Disney store, where Kylo Ren and BB8 toys decorate the front window.
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