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Wednesday, May 18, 2005
The scene over at Lloyd Cinemas
I drove over to Lloyd Cinemas this afternoon to pick up my ticket for tonight's midnight show. At noon a few hundred people were already in line. Some had camped overnight and had tents set up on the sidewalk.
According to a sign on one front door, this is supposedly the theater to catch Revenge of the Sith tonight (at least as far as Portland goes). Four auditoriums will be screening the film and they're all sold out, which means roughly 2,000 fans are probably in line as I type this. Regal also shelled out cash for actors to keep the crowd entertained during the wait.
While I was there, two Stormtroopers were milling around. Up front, a fan was dressed in a X-Wing combat suit and looked like he had been there for a few days. Game Crazy, the video game offshoot of Hollywood Video, had three Xboxes set up, allowing those in a line a chance to test-run the Sith video game. Presumably the theater was going to bring out more and more stuff to keep everyone busy as the number of fans grew throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
By now it's probably pandemonium over there. I imagine it's a Dionysian/Burning Man spectacle complete with female fans dressed in metal bikinis and robot Ton-Ton races in the parking lot.
On second thought, it was probably like this.