On Monday evening, the red carpets will be rolled out for the world premiere of the hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The seventh installment of the popular Star Wars franchise will premiere Monday night at the TCL Chinese Theater. The Star Wars premiere could be the largest Hollywood premiere ever. The Force Awakens opens nationwide on Friday.
Many of Hollywood’s top stars will join hundreds of costumed fans for the first screening of the movie. A giant opaque tent now lines four blocks of Hollywood Boulevard. Fan bleachers are up and spotlights are everywhere. The Los Angeles Police Department says that additional vehicle patrols and officers on foot are being assigned to the area.
The LAPD has issued a traffic advisory amid a number of street closures for the Star Wars premiere tonight. Hollywood Boulevard has been closed between Sycamore and Highland avenues since Saturday and will remain closed until midnight. Hawthorne Avenue, between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue, will also be closed Monday from noon to midnight. The LAPD has warned of possible travel delays as a result of the closures.
The iconic TCL Chinese Theater also hosted the original Star Wars premiere in 1977. Lucasfilm’s then-head of marketing and distribution, Charles Charles Lippincott, revealed later that he felt they were lucky to be able to premiere the movie in a top Hollywood location, only scoring the spot because another movie wasn’t ready yet. Star Wars went on to become a global phenomenon, scoring millions of fans around the world.
Roughly 130 dedicated fans are currently camping out outside the TCL Chinese Theater and two of them are planning to get married tonight. Australian Caroline Ritter and her fiance Andrew Porters will get married in front of the theater, just before the premiere begins. The wedding was agreed in advance with the theater and friend “Obi” Sean will officiate. The bride will be wearing a dress embellished with handmade crystal x-wing starfighters and Lord Vader will walk her down the aisle.
Fans of the franchise can now get Star Wars ice cream in flavors made to tie in with the new release. In conjunction with Disney, ice cream company Ample Hills Creamery has made two flavors that capture the chocolateness of the dark Side and the marshmallowiness of the light side. The Dark Side flavor, emblazoned with a lightsaber-wielding Kylo Ren on a black background, is made of ultra-dark chocolate ice cream with espresso fudge brownies, cocoa crispies, and white chocolate pearls. The Light Side flavor, featuring Chewbacca and droid BB-8 on the packaging, is marshmallow ice cream with crispy clusters and cocoa crispies.