Earlier I posted about a line of people outside of Graumans waiting for Star Wars tickets and almost immediately there after the comments started filling up with people questioning if the movie was even going to be playing there. Turns out it’s not. Ataki just posted the link to the offical news (on the liningup.net message boards) confirming that this info is in the hands of the people in line. From the post:
I just got off the phone with my contact at Mann Corporate. It is indeed officially NOT booked and with no plans for booking, as the GM had told me earlier today.
She said that our line actually came up in their meeting today, but the decision had been made about a week ago. She then forwarded me to the CEO of Mann where I spoke to the CEO’s secretary as he had already left.
She said that they didn’t have too much say in it and that the ultimate decision to play the movie at the Arclight came from 20th Century Fox.
When I called this morning the guys in line I talked to said they’d heard the rumors but someone from Graumans told them there was a 70% chance it would be playing there so that’s why they were lining up even though all the reports were screaming Arclight instead. I’ve been trying to call the payphone for the last 10 minutes and getting a busy signal non-stop which means either tons of people are asking them the same questions I want to, or they’ve left and someone forgot to hang up the phone. More news when I get it.
UPDATE: Just got through and talked to a guy in line who said they did not know that it wasn’t happening (they don’t have wifi there – guess star wars geeks are clued into the laptop to bluetooth connections like us tech geeks) and if it was indeed official that was news to them. He said he’d pass that info along and see what the people wanted to do.
UPDATE 2: There are now Arclight employees commenting in the thread and responding to attacks that the theater isn’t nerdy enough or something. As someone who has watched the original Triology more than 200 times (at least) has seen Episode I & II opening days even after knowing about Jar Jar’s existance I have to say I’m way more excited to see it at Arclight if that’s where it ends up. It’s a much better movie watching experience, by a long shot. One of the Arclight employees says:
What I do know is that Arclight as a company is excited to having ROTS play there. For reasons monetary and not. We’re planning some cool things that I cannot say because it hasn’t been finalized yet. I was asked to come up with ideas. I’m personally excited about the possibilities.
So.. will there be a line at Arclight? I just called the line (which despite what is being said in the comments is still there and in full effect) and they said “The same thing happened in 99 and 2002, we’re all vetrans of this and haven’t decided if we should move the line or not yet – but we’re still here for sure.” If the line is symbolic, I’m guessing it will be more symbolic if it’s in front of a theater where the movie will actually be playing. Just my thoughts.