How to Survive a Movie Theater Marathon:TFA

I was able to attend the Star Wars Marathon event held at theaters December 17 2015, when Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens was being released. I had not been to such an event before even when they only play a couple of movies back to back. There have been many times I wanted to go to them but this one finally came to pass. I almost missed out on the opportunity due to trying to be a responsible adult but that I will save for later. I wanted to share my steps on how to get through a movie marathon. I am aware the Marvel Movie Marathon was even longer then this but this was a great start and know what to do and what not to do for the next time I attend one.

Buying tickets
Do not wait till the last minute buy in advance, I was not originally planning on going and didn’t think to buy tickets in advance. I saw a posting in a Facebook group and was reading the excitement of something I would be missing out on. Someone said there were tickets that became available, being the responsible adult that I sometimes am asked myself do I really need to go it. Not minding it was at least a hundred times I asked myself, by the time I came to the decision of purchasing tickets they were gone. I knew it was meant to be. I still called around and finally about four hours before the showing near my base of operations there were tickets available.

Get some sleep
The event started at 230am on a Thursday, I was up since Wednesday at eight o clock in the morning. After arriving at the theatre about 11pm I was wound up with excitement, I flew solo and though it was good to get some rest. If you are really struggling get some shut eye when you can even if its during a break; but then again who really needs sleep?

Food and coffee runs
I was not sure about the food runs, all I knew was the food in the theaters were pricey. There were half hour breaks between each of the episodes which was nice. Get up walk around, go outside, get food, stretch your legs, use the restroom, and catch up on social media. Have a friend bring fuel, I had Parents bring me some outside food and a Starbucks I needed the coffee. I paced myself on popcorn and soda as we had free vouchers for them both but I had a long way to go.

Enjoy the reaction from the audience
In the theater there seemed to be the Star Wars is my life fans, to the ones that just enjoy the movies. At the beginning of each episode there was a reaction. As soon as Star Wars came up with the music and the crawl everyone cheered. It would made me even more excited and would get you hyped up for what you are about to watch. The best reaction and the loudest was the Star Wars logo popping up and the music playing and a new Star Wars crawl that had never been seen before.  During the movies there were moments that would get the cheers, but again the best were during the newest episode. The original characters making their debut back in the saga, and some parts that were pretty awesome with the main characters such as Rey. These moments have never faded even after the 4 times I have seen it, all the emotions from the Star Wars Crawls to the reactions in the movie, I hear it every time I see it.  

Take a friend
I flew solo to this event but in all honesty I wish I had someone to go with, all my friends had other obligations such as a life and was not able to be at the theatres that much. I was not to concerned with the stuff I left at my seat I always kept my wallet and phone with me but had nothing valuable and wasn’t to concerned with fellow Star Wars members taking things that do not belong to them. Doing a food run or taking turns, and having someone to talk to about all the awesomeness that I just watched on the screen. I could have made more friends as we all had something in common there but that is when my introvert social skills was a fail.
Bring reading material/phone charger
When I headed in the theatre I did not think my phone was going to last the whole marathon, especially since I was going to be on social media talking about it when I can. Down by the movie screen was a phone charging station. When Mom did the Starbucks run I had her bring my phone charger as well. A couple days before I bought the Entertainment Weekly Star Wars special and took it with me I did manage to read some things but my focus was short.

Wear comfy clothes/ jacket or bring a blanket
As much as I would have loved to wear my Star Wars pajama pants to this event I couldn’t bring myself to, although I could have changed before the theatre actually opened to the public but that seemed like a lot of work. Wear comfy clothes I wore jeans and my Star Wars The Force Awakens shirt that the parents bought for me. It can get cold in theatres so I also took a jacket and a blanket. I don’t get cold in theatres to often but would rather have it and not need it then need is and not have it. I also was going to be there a long time and wanted to be comfy it also double as my chair saver!


Plan on seeing said movie multiple times on opening weekend
I saw The Force Awakens 4 times since it within the first week it was released I have legit reasons however. Once for the marathon which was probably the best, once with the sister, once with Dad from tickets from the day job and again with dad but in 3D. Two times in 3d and 2 times in regular version I had to keep it even. 

Take pictures of memorabilia & standee
The thing I love about theatres is there standees and props and has always been one of the reasons why I have always wanted to work at a theatre. The standees these days are even better due to picture taking and sharing such as Instagram. I had to roll the selfie way since I was flying solo but what better day to get your picture taken with Star Wars gear and the memorabilia and standee?

Remain Spoiler Free
This was pretty hard for me to do, and by the time I thought it would be appropriate to write about it, the hype was already gone and still seemed to early. Social media was not to bad and didn’t even know how to talk about the movie with coming close to seeing it. I will probably do a post on what I loved about the movie or dislikes and will be weary of spoilers but I will just put the disclaimer in there because I can guarantee nothing. The Fan community was very respectful as I did not see too much as far as spoilers anywhere. My friends was the hardest because I talk to them often.

Tell Everybody
Tell everyone the experience you just had, some will judge but those people you do not need to be around anyways. Share with them [while trying to remain spoiler free] your experience. How it was watching so many movies in order with fans of all kinds. Experiencing the films again on the big screen or for the first time. That was a bonus for me as I had only seen the prequels in theaters and none of the originals so for me that was pretty fun to experience.

I enjoyed my first movie marathon on the big screen and was glad I was a apart of the group that got to see The Force Awakens opening night with the first showing. I wouldn’t have changed anything this time around but will seem like a pro the next time

Have you seen Star Wars the Force Awakens? How many times so far?


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