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Pictures from the Line
Wars: Episode I Premiere Screening
Mann's Westwood Village - 12:01 AM
Well, the Star
Wars fans were out in force last night all across the
country, and Westwood, CA was no exception. The Mann's Westwood
Village theater, nestled next to the UCLA campus, was bustling with
anticipation as 12:01 AM approached. Outside, the line to get in
stretched well around the block, filled with at least a couple
thousand fans, who had come to see not only the first show, but also
the 3:30 AM show as well! And lots of those who left the 12:01
screening got right back in line for the 3:30, and the 6AM, and so
on.... They're still going strong over there.
The theater packs more than 1200 seats, and the show was absolutely
full. Best of all, the crowd was fully rowdy after 16 years of
waiting. I half expected Kiss to walk out on stage - it was a
definite rock concert atmosphere. There were beach balls going, a
couple attempts at the wave, and a gauntlet of TV cameras. The crowd
even went nuts for the previews, cheering Austin
Powers, Chow Yun-fat (Anna)
and South Park's Cartman, and
loudly jeering John Travolta (The
General's Daughter) and Leonardo DiCaprio (The
Beach). A hush came over the crowd when Fox's animated
Titan A.E. trailer ran. And,
naturally, all hell broke loose when the words, "a long time
ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." appeared on-screen.
All in all, it as great fun. We even met a bunch of regular Bits
readers in line, including a pair of X-Wing pilots. And I'd like to
say a quick hello to our new friends over at videogame maker
Novalogic - the whole company it seems was at the show. Can't wait
to see that new space-shooter, guys! There were some definite
costumes in evidence, and more lightsabers than you could shake a...
well, a lightsaber at. We've posted a few of the more interesting
pix here for you to see. Enjoy!
About the first
one-fifth of the line...
...and the last
one-fifth of the line, on the other side of the block.
been taking hormone treatments apparently. Darth Maul and an
unidentified female Jedi were also in attendance.
Darth and the
unknown Jedi put on a show for the crowd...
...for quite a
while (I think the result was a tie).
A pair of Rogue
Squadron's finest (Joe D'Angelo and Greg Perrine).
They asked us to add the saber blade - who were we to turn them
The crowd going
out... and getting back in line!