Ahern was joking, but she and her fellow celebrants from Alpha Base (the “good guys”), Garrison Titan (the “bad guys”) and the Jet City Saber Guild (for lightsaber-wielders of all stripes) certainly had the vestments for the occasion. About 20 club members showed up at the Cinerama looking the parts of Jedi knights, Imperial stormtroopers, X-wing fighter pilots, Ewok warriors and Jawa traders.
This cosplay is for a charitable cause: The members make their own costumes to screen-accurate specifications, with Lucasfilm’s blessing. Then they show up at benefits, comic-book conventions and the occasional movie premiere, in return for donations to charity.
“We may not do this every day, but we do it at least once a week,” said Caitlin Jacques, who came to the show dressed as a pilot for the Resistance.
They’ll be doing it way more often this weekend at the Cinerama: The costumed rebels, Jedi knights and Imperial troops will be part of the theater’s “Last Jedi” showings through Saturday. “We give them movie tickets, and when the movie isn’t on screen, they’re in their gear and hanging out,” said Ethan Caldwell, the Cinerama’s general manager.
Check out these scenes from tonight’s premiere at the Cinerama: