Rating: 8 stars
Seen 8 times
The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.
Rated PG | Length 124 minutes
Mark Hamill | Harrison Ford | Carrie Fisher | Anthony Daniels | Kenny Baker | Julian Glover | Peter Roy | Billy Dee Williams | Treat Williams | Joe Johnston | John Ratzenberger | Frank Oz | Bruce Boa | Kenneth Colley | Alec Guinness | James Earl Jones | Clive Revill | David Prowse | Peter Mayhew | Milton Johns | John Hollis | Jeremy Bulloch | Mac McDonald | Michael Culver | Denis Lawson | Christopher Malcolm | Peter Diamond | Michael Sheard | Kathryn Mullen | Tony Smart | Ian Liston | Tom Egeland | Norman Chancer | Marjorie Eaton | Jack Purvis | Des Webb | Jason Wingreen | Tony Clarkin | Burnell Tucker | Shaun Curry | Bob Anderson | Mike Edmonds | Alan Harris | Richard Oldfield | Jack McKenzie | Stuart Fell | Maurice Bush | Oliver Maguire | Terry Richards | Mark Jones | Paul Jerricho | John Cannon | Ralph Morse | Ray Hassett | Jerry Harte | Lightning Bear | Martin Dew | Walter Henry | Jim Dowdall | Alan Flyng | John Dicks | Robin Scobey | John Morton | Norwich Duff | Brigitte Kahn | Jane Busby | Richard Bonehill | Mark Capri | Doug Robinson | Ralph McQuarrie | Alan Austen | Trevor Butterfield | Mercedes Burleigh | Steven Meek
Reserved a seat for the re-opening day for select AMC theaters since it was a free ticket (15 cents for non members). Was worried bc all the screenings for all the films showing on opening day (today) were selling out. They added another ESB showtime bc it was the first sold out movie for all times. That allowed me to get a ticket but I was concerned all week… like is this even worth it? Sitting in a modestly full theater to see a movie I’ve seen a dozen times?
So my plan was to show up and check the sitch; if it looked the least bit sketch I was gonna bail, my only loss would be my time & effort to get to the Schaumburg cinema. When I walked into the AMC was surprised that there were not many patrons in the enormous lobby area. Where were all the ppl for an entire days worth of soldout screenings? Expected the joint to be buzzing but it was dead. Of course AMC does state they are only selling 40 percent capacity yet I still thought I’d see more ppl. I took a photo of the main hall with screens 1-9 bc it was completely empty.
So I headed down to screen 4 anticipating a lively crowd for ESB even at only 40 percent would’ve been ~27 folks for this particular screen. Walked in and quickly added up the 3 ppl sitting in seats (one couple and one guy in the last row up top). This was literally 2 minutes before the showtime. So I went up to my seat (also last row so I wouldn’t be breathing anybody’s air from behind me) and waited. Previews came on and still only the four of us.
Eventually a small family of 3 came in and sat two rows down on the opposite side. Another couple sauntered in and sat in the middle first row. Then the movie started. About 15-20 minutes into the film another couple came and sat in the row in front of me a seat over (I’ll never understand ppl that show up that late or even later but I guess this being a free admission to an old classic it really doesn’t matter to them).
That was it. Hardly “soldout” as billed on the app so I’m guessing the other screenings were probably the same. Of course most of the movies on opening day were old films plus a few that came out at the beginning of the year so I can’t see there being a huge appeal beyond the free admission (or 15 cents). New films go up tomorrow so I’m more curious about the attendance for these. That said I still won’t bother going in the evening or weekend. As of now I’m undecided if I want to resume my AList. I do want to see a few of the new films but not sure if the AList is worth it over just paying the matinee price (or going at all).