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If all goes according to plan, the first showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will sell out faster than a parsec once advance tickets go on sale Monday night in the U.S., two months before the film officially opens in theaters.
Lucasfilm and Disney announced Sunday that tickets will become available to buy after the first full trailer for J.J. Abrams‘ movie debuts Monday night on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Lucasfilm and ESPN are both owned by Disney. The trailer will air around 10 p.m. ET during the halftime show. (As it turned out, someone jumped the gun early, and tickets went on sale closer to 7 p.m. ET.)
It’s not uncommon for a big Hollywood title to go on sale weeks out. Additionally, advance ticket sales for Force Awakens have commenced around the globe.
Here’s what you need to know if you live in the U.S.:
Tickets can be purchased on a multitude of websites — and in person.
Consumers can use individual websites for theater chains to purchase tickets, or use online services such as Fandango and Movietickets.com. They can also physically buy tickets at theaters. Sources in the exhibition community say Lucasfilm and Disney began notifying cinema owners last week that advance tickets would go on sale Oct. 19 so that that they could prepare and draw up their schedules.
For now, tickets could only be available for the weekend of Dec. 18-20, as well as late-night shows on Dec. 17.
If moviegoers want to buy tickets now to see Force Awakens on Christmas Day or at another later date, they could be out of luck. Again, exhibition sources say consumers will initially only be able to buy tickets for the first weekend Force Awakens plays. That’s because cinema owners haven’t yet drawn up schedules beyond the Dec. 18-20 weekend.
Thousands of theaters are participating.
Advance tickets will be available for thousands of theaters across the country, including Imax locations, premium large-format screens and regular cinemas.
Star Wars marathon.
Advance ticket sales also will go on sale for the Star Wars Marathon Event at participating theaters. On Dec. 17, the first six Star Wars movies will be in 2D, followed by a 3D screening in the evening of Force Awakens.
Advance ticket sales crippled some cinema websites in the U.K. earlier on Monday.
Odeon and Picturehouse cinemas in the U.K. both admitted that their websites had been affected Monday, while CineWorld also said there had been issues for some customers. A Picturehouse spokesman claimed there had been “unprecedented” demand for Force Awakens, while Vue, which is the U.K.’s third largest theater operator, said it had sold 10,000 tickets in the first 90 minutes of going on sale.
Below is the official Star Wars poster released Oct. 18.
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