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The Jedi’s Guide to Local ‘Rogue One’ Opening Events

Grab your cloak and get ready for the latest installment: Here's where to enjoy the new 'Star Wars' movie.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first of a planned series of standalone films outside of the traditional Star Wars trilogy, comes out in theaters Friday.

 

If you have fanatics in your house (adults and kids), they’ve likely had December 16 in mind for some time. Rogue One is playing at theaters all over the city and suburbs, beginning with Thursday night showings. It’s already selling out at many theaters, so you’d be wise to get your tickets in advance — especially if you don’t want to see it in 3D (and really, you shouldn’t.)

 

But it’s not just the movie: there are all kinds of events commemorating the release. So this week, you may be as likely to run into someone dressed as Darth Vader in public as you are Santa Claus.

 

Some highlights:

 

The Philadelphia Film Society has big plans for the opening weekend, especially at the Prince Theater. On Thursday, the Prince will host a musical performance by Wookadelphia, touted as Philadelphia’s only Star Wars–inspired brass band, in the lobby prior to the 7 pm screening. On Sunday, the theater is hosting a Star Wars Kids Day between 2 and 3 pm, featuring a red carpet and costume parade.

 

(The Prince’s Black Box is also hosting a Star Wars Burlesque show on Friday and Star Wars Quizzo at 8 pm Thursday, but you might want to leave the kids at home for that one.)

 

Franklin Square will host a special Star Wars Night on Friday. From 4 to 5 pm, come for Jedi training, with advice from Kylo Ren and Vader himself, along with trivia and other activities in the Franklin Square Pavilion. Tickets for that are $15. From 5:30 to 7:30 pm, there’s a meet and greet with Star Wars characters. That’s free, and costumes are definitely encouraged.

 

The Tuttleman IMAX theater at the Franklin Institute is one of only 13 theaters in the world showing Rogue One in 70 mm 2D IMAX. Get your tickets now. If you’re going, the theater asks that you skip the masks, face paint, or any type of weapons, even those normally only seen in a galaxy far, far away.

 

Looking for other screenings? You can see it in 3D IMAX, 3D, or standard format at the AMC Lowes Cherry Hill 24 and the UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 theaters, and in the standard format all around the region.

 

Enjoy Rogue One, and may the force be with you.

 

Photograph by Stephen Silver. 

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