While you’re watching “Monday Night Football” on ESPN and taking in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, you might want to also look up your favorite theater — many will start pre-selling tickets to the biggest movie event of the season tonight right after the trailer is broadcast.
Sorry, Hunger Games, but it’s true. You won’t be No. 1 for long this holiday season.
This Reddit thread is also actively following the ticket pre-sales, including this hot tip: “the company i work for has many of the big theaters as clients ( regal, carmike, amc, alamo, etc ). Ive been given instructions to launch a landing page on the website for one of the above no sooner than 10:00pm eastern monday night.. not much to look at but here it is.”
Of course, one of the best possible places to see it in Seattle is the Pacific Science Center, which shows it as on-sale soon, but does not give any more details than that.
So, here’s what we know so far about special promotions for the movie — not particularly pre-sale tickets — according to the Star Wars official site:
Regal Cinemas will have Star Wars Saturdays, Dec. 19-Jan. 9. The first 500 guests who get tickets to the IMAX experience will get a collectible ticket, new art to be revealed each week.
AMC Theatres will host Star Wars Sundays, Dec. 20-Jan. 10. Guests who buy a ticket in IMAX 3D will get an exclusive print from artist Dan Mumford, new poster revealed each week.
Cinemark is giving 3D Star Wars glasses out. Guests going to the Marathon Event Dec. 17, the first showing of Star Wars on Dec. 17 in 3D, or purchase a Star Wars concession combo, coming in November, will snag the glasses.
Alamo Drafthouse locations are offering two limited collectibles: an officially licensed Mondo-designed pint glass and a double-size collector’s issue magazine BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH.
Fandango will enter ticket buyers into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the film’s world premiere, the best odds going to those who snag tickets within the first day of being on-sale.
There is also a Star Wars Marathon Event on Dec. 17, called the “ultimate fan experience. All seven movies. One epic journey. Guests will see each of the six previously released Star Wars episodes in digital 2D beginning with The Phantom Menace and concluding with the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3D!” according to StarWars.com.
Pacific Northwest theaters participating in the Marathon include the Regal Bridgeport Village 18 in Tigard, Ore., and four theaters in the Seattle area: AMC Loews at the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Century Federal Way in Federal Way, and Cinerama in Seattle.
So, I guess the theme of tonight is refresh, refresh, refresh that browser. And see if you’re going to be one of the lucky few who score tickets opening night. Good luck!