People Have Already Started Lining Up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 1:38PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 1:38PM
People Have Already Started Lining Up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
We wrote earlier this year about the history of Star Wars fandom, which has traditionally included countless lines outside movie theaters amid a clamour for opening night tickets. With the ability to reserve seats online, weeks in advance, those famous lines were meant to be a thing of the past when Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released. But some traditionalists are looking to throwback to the days of waiting in line for the next installment of their favorite movie franchise, and they've already started the process.

On Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles right now, dozens of Star Wars fans have already started lining up for a movie that is still over a week away. Their endeavor is, understandably, drawing looks of confusion from tourists and locals alike. After all, this isn't a necessity anymore. But these fans don't give a hoot about necessity. 


The line formed on December 5th, a whole 12 days before the movie initially opens, and has since grown to a considerable number with people joining in from as far away as Australia. So why are these people getting in line when they could simply roll up to the theater minutes before the screening starts? As the official website for the line states, it's a matter of tradition.

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We could reserve our seats online, and show up 5 minutes before midnight. For the vast majority of moviegoers, that will be their experience: sterile, passionless, and without any human interaction. But that is not what the Star Wars experience is all about.

If The Force Awakens is indeed a throwback to the original trilogy, then surely the fan experience for opening day tickets should be the same - and not just reduced to a click on a web page or the hum of a laser printer.
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This is more of an experience than a procedure. While fans must register before joining the line, they aren't expected to spend a whole 12 days waiting for the movie. All that is required is that they log a cumulative 24 hours in-line, taking breaks as and when they please, after which they are free to go if they so wish. However, some are in it for the long haul, looking for a sense of companionship and achievement to accompany their experience of cinematic history. 

Those who join the line will receive a special badge to commemorate their involvement, while people who pay a visit to the hardy group can purchase special T-shirts, with all proceeds being donated to LiningUp.net.
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