The force has GOT to be strong with these ones. While we all love the Star Wars franchise, it takes much more than love to be the victor of this contest. Alamo Drafthouse, a movie theater company, has announced a crazypants movie-marathon contest that will take place in one of its Austin establishments. The contest, in short terms, is to watch the Star Wars films non-stop until possibly losing consciousness. That’s not even an exaggeration. Alamo CEO Tim League has stated:
It’s a trap! Jeez, Tim you’re not kidding around.
The marathon will begin with the first (and worst) episode, The Phantom Menace and will then go through the first six Star Wars films consecutively. From there, they will debut the highly anticipated The Force Awakens, which will then play over and over again until a winner is found. Sounds fun right?
While the original idea of screening all of the Star Wars films in order sounds pretty awesome, there are a lot of catches in this marathon. Aside from not beginning with A New Hope and the first trilogy before moving backward (which I think is the only way to do it), the conditions for this marathon will not exactly be ideal.
To start, there will be very brief restroom breaks for the participants. That means that you’ll have to monitor how much of your gallon-sized movie theatre soft drink you enjoy while watching the space opera. Not too bad right? Well it gets worse. Alamo Drafthouse is notorious for it’s very strict no speaking, no phone policy. While this seems awesome if you’re seeing one movie, it’s going to be a bit uncomfortable for the 24+ hours the participants will be sitting in a dark theater. Surely they have loved ones and jobs that might need to contact them. Well, if being a Jedi Superfan was easy, everyone would do it.
Additionally, there will be no sleeping allowed, and they will be forced to only consume food and beverages that are available in the movie theater. That popcorn is going to get real old, real quick. Being without healthy food, coffee, or electrolytes is going to only make the eye and mind fatigue of watching Clones become Troopers, and then become Finn even more exhausting.
So what glorious prizes does the audience member with enough midi-chlorians to survive get? Entertainment Weekly reports the champion will receive free movie admission for 7 years, a selection of posters, as well as a theater seat named in their honor.
Honestly, this seems like like a lot for kinda measly prizes. Not even a skype with Carrie Fisher or a George Lucas signed… something? Oof. I certainly couldn’t handle this but good luck to the participants who are trying to win.
Then again, we all know there is no try, right Yoda?
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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