Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Opens Thursday With Events for the Fans

Catch a set by Wookiedelphia, watch a Star Wars-themed burlesque or play Star Wars Quizzo, hosted by the Philadelphia Film Society.

Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios, LucasFilm

Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios, LucasFilm

Star Wars fans are serious about these movies. The latest installment in the hugely popular sci-fi series is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, set long before the last film, which was set after the first three, labeled episodes four, five and six, but largely unconnected to the newer prequel trilogy containing episodes one, two and three. Got that? Either way, rest assured there will be a Death Star, evil villains and scrappy heroes saving the day.

Rogue One opens tomorrow, December 15th, and the Philadelphia Film Society is heralding it with much fanfare, starting with a performance by Wookiedelphia, a Star Wars-inspired brass brand, before the 7 p.m. screening at the Prince Theater. The bar will be serving up themed cocktails from a galaxy far, far away.

Theatergoers heading to the 10 p.m. show can come by early to play Star Wars Quizzo in the Prince Theater Black Box, hosted by Geekadelphia.

On Friday, December 16th, before the 9:30 p.m. screening, catch a Star Wars-themed burlesque show, courtesy of Dottie Riot, with Flirt Vonnegut, Renee Rebelle, Honeytree Evil Eye, Sharp Robert and Holly Ween. That one’s also in the Black Box.

It gets more family-friendly on Sunday, December 18th, with Star Wars Kids Day in the Prince Theater lobby before the matinee, complete with a costume parade.

The Prince is showing the movie in both 2D and 3D.

The film opens at other area theaters tomorrow too, including the IMAX at the Franklin Institute. The folks at the Franklin recommend showing up at least 30 minutes before the movie’s start time, adding: “We won’t tell you the odds of getting good seats after the time printed on your ticket, but they are approximately 3,720 to 1.” Rogue One opens in wide release on Friday.

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