Ask any movie fan what will be the biggest movie of the year and you’re likely to hear them reply Star Wars: The Last of the Jedi. Expectations are high that Star Wars: The Last of the Jedi will give Wonder Woman a literal run for the money and will close out 2017 with a bang. Not only do many expect Star Wars: The Last of the Jedi will be the biggest movie of the year, but many fans are so excited to see the film, they are standing in line, one week early.
The Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California was the site for the original Star Wars 1977 premiere and limited run for two weeks, and for many fans, the sentimental value of seeing Star Wars: The Last of the Jedi in the same theater makes it worth the wait.
There’s more to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi lines than simply wanting a great spot once the theater’s doors open on December 15, 2017. According to the site Lining Up. Net, that regularly oversees Stars Wars lines at the Chinese Theater (this is a regular thing), the movement has taken on a charitable focus.
The movement has partnered with Starlight U.S. (a charity that grants wishes and creates special moments for critically ill children) and regularly raises money for their assistance. Celebrities are also participating and on Dec 7, 2017, Kevin Smith helped create awareness by hosting his Fatman on Batman podcast live from the line.
You can see photos from the event, Kevin Smith’s podcast, and Starlight U.S. below.St
#JediLine starts forming up tonite at 6pm! So join in the #StarWars #TheLastJedi fun w/ @LiningUpNet @ThatKevinSmith & @SVCantina & help raise funds for @StarlightUS too! And Don't Miss Kevin's LIVE PODCAST #FatManOnBatman @ 8:30pm recording? on the forecourt @ChineseTheatres!? pic.twitter.com/jduO9GVdRy
— Stephen Stanton (@Stephen_Stanton) December 8, 2017
Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagine a @LiningUpNet event starting this big. Already great money raised for @StarlightUS come see what it’s all about in #JediLine at @ChineseTheatres https://t.co/t9gTZjaKBl
— Ric The Lab Guy (@OpticalJedi) December 8, 2017
— LiningUp.Net (@LiningUpNet) December 8, 2017
— #SpaceGary??? (@paul_mcq) December 8, 2017
The Hollywood Reporter shared a black and white photo from 1977 when theaters didn’t want to show Star Wars and the movie found a home at the Chinese Theater.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 25, 2017
By December 9, 2017, the hashtag #JediLine was trending on Twitter and Star Wars fans were sharing photos, videos, and memes from their experience.
The Jedi Line is more of a social hangout and party with like-minded friends who want to celebrate everything Star Wars.
Variety caught up with the first two people to head this year’s Jedi line. They are couple Andrew Porters and Caroline Ritter.
Star Wars Fans Begin Lining up at Chinese Theatre for ‘The Last Jedi’ https://t.co/BEAdmzTBGa
— Variety (@Variety) December 9, 2017
Andrew Porters and Caroline Ritter were first in line last night for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at the TCL Chinese pic.twitter.com/52P2Gnls9E
— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) December 8, 2017
— LiningUp.Net (@LiningUpNet) December 7, 2017
Are you going to the Jedi Line or are you waiting for the movie’s official release date of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15, 2017, to watch in your local theater?
If you are not going to the Chinese Theater, are you going to support the Starlight U.S. charity?