‘Star Wars’ Marathon In Theaters Leading Up To ‘The Force Awakens’ Confirmed

Star Wars fans are getting an early Christmas present this year.

After months of rumors, a Star Wars marathon will indeed be offered at select theaters leading up to the first showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, confirms Comicbook.com.

The marathon will screen all seven episodic films in theaters, in chronological order: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and finally, The Force Awakens.

According to the poster for the marathon, which includes the slogan, “All seven movies. One epic journey,” the showing will happen on Dec. 17.

According to the Comicbook.com site, if you sign up for Fandango fan alerts, you will receive a text and/or email the moment tickets for the movie marathon go on sale.

The runtime for all seven films is estimated to be around 15.5 hours, not including breaks between each film. That could prove to be a very long day (and a very early start), especially if you count at least a half hour between films and one hour-long break, similar to what was done for the Avengers marathon.

However, as reported by the Inquisitr, and according to Screen Crush, the Star Wars Marathon will begin at 4 a.m. and will conclude with The Force Awakens at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $50, and they will go on sale on Oct. 19.

It’s been noted that the poster lists the showing as “See it in Digital 3D.” It’s unclear whether that means they have given all six of the original Star Wars films the 3D treatment, or if the 3D option is just for The Force Awakens. The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones have been converted to 3D in the past, but only the former was shown at a Star Wars Celebration convention.

Ticket sales for all opening weekend showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, slated for Dec. 18, are expected to open up after the new trailer debuts during ESPN’s Monday Night Football halftime show on Oct. 19. In fact, Monday Night Football this week is rumored to be a Star Wars themed extravaganza.

In the meantime, Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will launch Season of the Force on Nov. 16, which features several new promotions.

At Disneyland, the following Star Wars events are scheduled:

  • Star Wars Launch Bay: This new area will offer opportunities to visit with favorite Star Wars characters, special exhibits, peeks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens and much more.
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple: coming in December, a twist on the Jedi Training experience will introduce new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars: Rebels.
  • Hyperspace Mountain: for a limited time, guests will join an X-wing Starfighter battle in this re-imagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction.

Other specials will include a compilation of classic scenes from the franchise in the Tomorrowland theater, along with themed foods, beverages and merchandise.

A new, permanent fixture in Florida and California, Star Wars Land, is expected to be opened by 2017.

What an exciting time for Star Wars fans! Who is pumped?

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