[UPDATE] First Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Debuting In Theaters Friday

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A lucky few theaters will be the first to show the initial trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it debuts this Friday. Regal Cinemas announced the trailer will be played prior to every movie in the nine theaters listed below.

CA Irvine — Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
CA San Diego — Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
GA Atlanta — Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
IL Chicago — Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
NY New York — Regal Union Square Stadium 14
PA Warrington — Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX
TN Knoxville — Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
TX Houston — Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX
WA Seattle — Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX

This seems like a weird premise today, with the internet and social sharing dominating how we see movie trailers, but it’s a way for Disney to guarantee the most cinematic experience possible for fans seeing the trailer first. The last time Star Wars made a return to the big screen after an extended absence, with 1999’s Star Wars Episode I: The Phatnom Menace, Lucas Films did the same exact thing with some interesting repercussions. There were reports of people lining up in droves to see A Bug’s Life, paying full price for a ticket, then leaving en masse when the trailer was over – until inevitably a bootleg appeared online. Trailers for Star Wars Episode II were shown before Pixar’s Monster’s Inc, and Star Wars Episode III were shown before The Incredibles. 

Despite a few leaks from props on set and some intentional promotional teasers, Disney has done a good job of keeping the project under wraps. For the most part, this will be the our true first glimpse into the post-George Lucas era of Star Wars films.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to release December 18th, 2015.

Source: Regal Cinemas

UPDATE: Star Wars has released the complete list of theaters nationwide, which includes 21 additional locations from the list above. Thanks to Brian Baumlin for the tip!

AZ PHOENIX HARKINS TEMPE MARKETPLACE
CA LOS ANGELES AMC CENTURY CITY
CA LOS ANGELES Indep EL CAPITAN
CA IRVINE REGAL SPECTRUM IRVINE 21
CA SAN FRANCISCO AMC METREON 16
CA SAN JOSE CINEMARK OAKRIDGE 20
CA SAN DIEGO REGAL MIRA MESA 18
CAN TORONTO CINEPLEX YOUNGE & DUNDAS
CAN VANCOUVER CINEPLEX RIVERPORT
CO DENVER AMC WESTMINSTER 24
DC WASH D.C AMC TYSONS CORNER 16
FL MIAMI CARMIKE PARISIAN 20
GA ATLANTA REGAL ATLANTIC STATION
IL CHICAGO REGAL CITY NORTH
MA BOSTON AMC BOSTON COMMONS 19
MI DETROIT CINEMARK SHOWCASE 20
MN MINNEAPOLIS AMC SOUTHDALE
MO KANSAS CITY AMC STUDIO 30
NY NEW YORK AMC LINCOLN SQUARE 12
NY NEW YORK REGAL UNION SQUARE
OH CLEVELAND CINEMARK CINEMARK 24
PA PHILADELPHIA REGAL WARRINGTON 22
TN NASHVILLE CARMIKE THOROUGHBRED 20
TN KNOXVILLE REGAL PINNACLE
TX DALLAS CINEMARK WEST PLANO 20
TX HOUSTON REGAL MARQ*E STADIUM 23
TX AUSTIN ALAMO ALAMO S LAMAR
UT SALT LAKE CITY CINEMARK CINEMARK 24 WEST JORDAN
WA SEATTLE REGAL THORNTON PLACE 14
WI MILWAUKEE MARCUS BROOKFIELD 16

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