I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if an entire theatre full of Star Wars fans threw their popcorn at the screen…
Last night was the night that Star Wars fans have been waiting years for with the theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (you can find our full review here). Movie theatres all over the world were packed to the brim last night with people ready and looking forward to seeing Star Wars come back for the first time since 2005 (although some might argue since 1983). However, it looks like the film-going experience might not have been as smooth as some fans had hoped.
After reports came of a theatre being evacuated from a fire alarm pull at the Grove in Los Angeles, CA last night, it looks like one 3D screening of the film at none other than the ArcLight Hollywood had one MAJOR mishap occur as well. During a screening of the film, audience members began to notice a green band hovering near the top of the screen, and after management had been alerted, the house lights came on and the screening was stopped. Unfortunately, the film wasn’t just recalibrated and fixed five minutes later…
Instead, when the film restarted, it began during a HUGE climactic moment near the end of the film, that the audience members had not gotten to yet, meaning the film had not only been interrupted, but also skipped forward. As you can probably imagine, fans in the crowd were not happy, and if you want to see a video of the madness that ensued, check out the one provided below (credit to Michelle Rubio):
(Note, the video does contain minor spoilers and shots from the film, so those of you who haven’t seen it yet – might want to avoid checking it out!)
Coincidentally enough, a friend of GeekNation, Marc Pattavina (Editor at Fox TV, ABC TV, and Warner Bros.) was at said screening of the film with his fellow audience members including Andy Francis, Rachel Cellinese, Ken Garduno, Harvey Doggins, and Michelle Rubio. He said this of the experience:
“I’ve been going to the ArcLight for years. I worked as a film assistant for years and have been spoiled with a high standard for screening rooms and the Arclight is the place I always considered to hold itself to a higher standard for quality but last night they really dropped the ball. I understand hardware failures happen but the handling of it was pretty questionable. When they restored picture and restarted later in the film at what looked like a climactic moment that could have very well been the end bedlam ensued. If you want to hear the collective sound of hundreds of fanboys having their hearts broken watch the YouTube video my friend Michelle Rubio posted from the back row. That was after the big screw up. It was worse, way worse.
In the end it made for a long night but a strangely fun experience. But there’s people who were really hyped to see this and have been anticipating this for a very long time that had to be very let down. Afterwards the arclight handed out vouchers for a free screening. Some fanboys were mobbing around the manager demanding more.”
Again, it sounds like this is just one of a few mishaps that happened last night during the thousands of Star Wars screenings happening, and I wouldn’t be surprised by more stories coming out in the next few days as well. Just goes to show that if a movie theatre screws up a screening of Star Wars – the movie theatre might want to watch its back.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is playing in theatres worldwide now!
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