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Tickets to see next ‘Star Wars’ go on sale Monday night after trailer airs

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will actually start screening Dec. 17.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will actually start screening Dec. 17. Special to The Bee

Tickets to see “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens” go on sale Monday, Oct. 19, following the debut of the latest film trailer airing during halftime of “Monday Night Football.”

The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on Dec. 18. Tickets for screenings in 15 theaters in the Fresno/Clovis area are being sold initially, but that number is expected to grow. When “The Dark Knight Rises” opened in 2012, it opened in 50 theaters locally.

The next film in the “Star Wars” franchise, directed by J.J. Abrams, is expected to break global box office records. That means long lines to get into the theaters. Making a ticket purchase now assures you a seat.

Tickets will go on sale at theater box offices and online.

Regal Entertainment – owner of the UA Broadway Faire Stadium 10, Regal Manchester Stadium 16 and Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX – will be offering “Star Wars Saturdays.”

On each Saturday between Dec. 19 and Jan. 9, the first 500 audience members to see the movie in IMAX will get a special ticket featuring collectible art.

If you can’t wait until then, Edwards is one of 100 theater complexes nationwide that will be showing a marathon of the six previous “Star Wars” movies – beginning with “The Phantom Menace” – leading up to the new film. The screenings will start at 4 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, leading up to the 7 p.m. screening of “The Force Awakens.”

Although Dec. 18 is the official launch date for the new film, the initial screenings will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

Those who buy their tickets through the online service Fandango will be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip to the film’s world premiere. Ten runners-up can win a collectible “Dark Side” or “Light Side” prize pack.

Not a lot is known about the new “Star Wars” movie except that it will feature the return of some familiar faces. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are reprising their roles from the second trilogy of movies.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1