“The Force Awakens” Hollywood Premiere Was A Blazing Success

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“The Force Awakens” is finally here, and Disney made sure to give it a proper welcome. The Hollywood premiere occupied an entire four-block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, arguably one of the biggest movie premieres of all time. The proceedings were long on security and short on spontaneity. They were also very precisely planned, lasting from the visitor check-in at 5 PM on Monday to the end of the post-film party which took place sometime after midnight. The entire happening was full of reverence for the Star Wars franchise and had a ritualistic feeling to it. After all, we’re talking about fans who’ve been into the franchise for more than 20 years, mostly.

What sets this premiere apart from the others is the awe that could be felt – for the universe in which the franchise takes place and most of all, for the man who created it all. It goes without saying that George Lucas was there, accompanied by family and best friend Steven Spielberg. Before the show itself started, the premiere-goers were sent to the main Dolby Theatre to attend the pre-game festivities as well as Disney’s El Capitan and the Chinese Theatre, where they were treated to an introduction from Disney CEO Bob Iger.

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The evening continued with Iger bringing out Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn and Kathleen Kenedy from Lucasfilm, along with JJ Abrams. Kennedy told a short story about her collective experience with Lucasfilm and Lucas himself, along with how she met Abrams when he was only 16 years old and was restoring old Super-8 films that Spielberg had shot when he was a kid. She praised the film and Abrams’ work, saying that he “exceeded our loftiest dreams and expectations.”

Costumed Star Wars fans were camped out for several days, waiting for Tuesday night’s official first screenings and were adequately rewarded for their devotion. A hundred of them were allowed to get into the red carpet area, and some of them scored some prized ducats to the premiere screenings. More than five thousand seats were taken for the first screenings of the film in the Chinese Theatre, the El Capitan and at the Dolby. The screening was supposed to start at 6:30 PM, but due to logistics inconveniences, it was delayed until 8 PM.

All in all, it looks like the premiere was a marvelous success. Hats off to Disney for hosting a proper recognition for the continuation of one of the greatest film franchises ever. We can’t wait to watch the movie!

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