Force is with fans
By RACHEL SCOLLAY
ANDY MCMILLAN planned to be tearing tickets dressed as Darth Vader last night as he and other Byron Cinemas staff worked the late shift for Star Wars: Episode III.
The film was released internationally today, so cinemas across the region had showings at one minute past midnight this morning, allowing fans to be the very first to see it.
Andy said cinema staff were all excited about the premiere and he wasn't the only one planning to get dressed up for work.
He said staff were also hoping the audience got into the spirit.
"It will be a bloody good laugh, he said.
"I got the costume from a friend of mine who's thinking of opening a costume business."
With no marketing budget, Byron Cinemas staff created an R2D2 robot out of an old popcorn drum, and cannibalised an old Will Smith stand to create Darth Vader, complete with robes and light sabre.
"A lot of time and effort went into them," he said.
"We just wanted to do something.
"We've been practising our light sabre manoeuvres out the back ? just in case we have any trouble with the crowds."
Andy said the first midnight screening had sold out, but with a bit of technical wizardry the projectionist had rigged the set-up so the 35mm print travelled through the roof and on to the projector next door, before returning back to the original projection room.
If the second screening also sold out, then the print would be rigged to travel into a third cinema as well, he said.
"There's a one minute delay between them.
"So if there's a bit you really like, you can run between cinemas and catch it again," he joked.