STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will have its official premiere roughly a couple of hours from now. The film will unspool simultaneously at 3 of the 4 big houses on Hollywood Blvd: the Dolby, the Chinese and the El Capitan. (I wonder how the Egyptian missed out — is it a Disney thing?) Hollywood Elsewhere‘s Jeffrey Wells runs the numbers, and tells us that the three venues have a total of 5653 seats. I’m sure every one will be filled. Wells also takes note of this interesting tidbit from a Disney-issued email to the press and participants in tonight’s big event: no phones with cameras will be allowed in any of the theaters.
I predict there will be an unprecedented riot on Hollywood Blvd tonight as underpaid, overworked security teams attempt to confiscate 5600+ phones from Hollywood movers and shakers. May the Force be with them. (Forgive me. I kind of had to say that.)