These guys are lining up at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood in anticipation of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, which doesn’t open until May 19 – only 41 days to go!
Why? Besides being raving Star Wars loons (in a good way), they are raising money for charity. As of yesterday they had raised $7,800 for the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, which works to brighten the lives of over 100,000 hospitalized children and their families per month.
But there’s one little problem: although all five previous Star Wars films have opened there, George Lucas’s “darker and more emotional” third prequel to the original ’77 classic isn’t going to be shown at the Grauman’s, according to executives from 20th Century Fox and ArcLight, who told Variety that Revenge of the Sith would be showing at the Arclight Cinemas at the Cinerama Dome a few blocks away.
“We’ve heard all this before,” fan Sarah Sprague said, noting there were plenty of rumors in 1999 and 2002 that previous Star Wars movies weren’t opening at the Chinese Theater. “This is still the epicenter for ‘Star Wars’ fans. For the big iconic pictures of the 1970s, people lining up were here. They weren’t at the Cinerama Dome,” Sprague said.
This post from the group’s blog seems a bit less certain, but no less resolute:
- Liningup.net is staying in the spot where we have great relationships with the theatre, the local businesses, and the Hollywood Division of the LAPD. We are lining up at the theatre where the first Star Wars premiered in 1977, where all of the prequels have played, where George Lucas, R2D2, Harrison Ford, and Darth Vader have their footprints in the world-famous “Forecourt of the Stars”.
…Twice before we’ve lined up at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre without confirmation that the films would play there. Twice before, we’ve been told it was going to play somewhere else. Hopefully, our luck holds out for a third time. If not, we’ll still have an incredibly fun time relaxing with other Star Wars fans and raising both funds and awareness for the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation.