The final trailer, and tickets sales for Episode IX have landed!

by Darth Danno
on 2019-10-24, 06:11:20

We interrupt our regularly scheduled report on my visit to "Galaxy's Edge" to talk about the above. Now if there's anyone who may not know by now, there are actually different ticket packages available for the premiere, depending on where you live and participating theaters.

  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (standard screening) - If you just want to see Episode IX without any frills and/or hoopla, there will be showings of the film beginning on Thu, Dec 19th starting at 6:00 pm.
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (opening night fan event) - you get an exclusive pin and concession offers, and this begins at 5:00 pm on Thu, Dec 19th.
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (mini-marathon) - I've heard some theaters will only be showing Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, but I'm not sure where, or what time they'll actually be starting.
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (9 movie marathon) - Starting at 4:15 pm on Wed, Dec 18th, you can see Episodes I-IX on the big screen back to back to back to back to... Includes a commemorative pin and a blanket. The event is supposed to run for 27 hours. I believe that includes breaks between films for people to use the facilities, get more food, get more drink, stretch their legs, and essentially try to do whatever it takes for them to stay awake.

I'm sure you're all asking yourselves; "Which one is Darth Danno doing?" Well, that's a very interesting story indeed.

Before any of this was even announced, I had talked to my friend Eric about doing a marathon if one was offered, and he was interested in that. But when they actually announced theaters were going to be doing a 9 movie marathon, I asked him about it and he said he was unable to because he had to work on Wed. So we were going to do the opening night fan event instead. I was bummed we couldn't do the marathon together, even more bummed by the fact I couldn't find out what theaters were actually going to be having the marathon. I didn't want to tell him to NOT buy me a ticket for the ONFE for fear no theaters in Illinois would be doing the marathon, then I'd be out of luck on both fronts. I posed the question to AMC Theaters on Twitter, and got no reply. So I posted the question to others on the site, and one guy came back saying it was only going to be at Disney Springs in Fla. Believe it or not, I actually looked into taking a trip to Florida at that time. Flying down Mon the 16th, going to "Galaxy's Edge" at WDW on Tues, doing the marathon Wed afternoon-Thu evening, then flying home sometime Fri. But flights and hotels the week before Christmas are so expensive! But at least I had the opening night fan event here.

Monday afternoon I kept checking social media to see if they posted any other theaters were going to do the marathon, yet found nothing. I saw others on Twitter had asked AMC Theaters about it like I had done, and for whatever reason they actually got a response, but they couldn't give any info out yet, and to keep checking their site and the app. for updates. But no matter what, I knew Eric was buying tickets for a huge group of us to go to the opening night fan event.

I had martial arts practice Mon evening, so I was busy when the tickets actually went on sale. When I got home after 9:30 my time, I saw a text from Eric stating; "Got our tickets!" to which I replied; "Awesome!" I then went on the AMC website, looked up the Disney Springs location, and saw the tickets for the marathon were pretty well sold out except for a few "handicapped accessible" seats. But then I saw something on AMC's site that gave me pause. AMC Disney Springs wasn't the only theater doing the marathon! There was a link you could click on to find out what theaters were participating in the marathon by state, and there was 1 listed for Illinois, AMC River East in Chicago, so I clicked on it.

The front row, right in front of the screen was pretty open, the next three rows had various seats open as well. The fifth row was completely occupied, and the row behind that was primarily for "handicapped accessible". BUT...in the main section of the theater (rows "G" through "N"), there was one, solitary seat left in row "H"...and so I took it! (Eric, if you're reading this, please know I still plan to pay you in full for the seat you bought for me. It wouldn't be right if I didn't, plus I'd never treat a friend like that.) I just couldn't pass up this opportunity considering I started Episode VII with a marathon (I know that didn't work out too well, when I was already falling asleep in the middle of "Episode II"), but I plan to be better prepared and more rested this time around. How it will all actually play out for me is yet to be seen, we'll just have to wait and see.

I hope everyone else got their tickets and are as excited as I am. I know this December will definitely be a month to remember for all time!





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