If the Force hasn't already awoken, it will come Friday. That's when the first trailer for the series' seventh installment is set to premiere.
Disney and Lucasfilm have been touting "big plans" for the trailer's reveal. Instead of dumping it on our online doorstep, America will have to leave Black Friday sales and enter an actual movie theater to see the first glimpses of "The Force Awakens." The trailer will premiere at select Regal Cinema locations across the country. It will play ahead of every movie, so whether you take the kids to see "Penguins of Madagascar" or catch an Oscar contender like "The Theory of Everything" or "Foxcatcher," rest assured the new "Star Wars" trailer will be there too. The special rollout will continue from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, with no word on when it will hit the Internet.
Here's where you can find it:
Irvine, California — Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
San Diego, California — Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Atlanta, Georgia — Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Chicago, Illinois — Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
New York, New York — Regal Union Square Stadium 14
Warrington, Pennsylvania — Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX
Knoxville, Tennessee — Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Houston, Texas — Edwards Houston Marq'E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX
Seattle, Washington — Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX
The news is reminiscent of the attention "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" received back in 1998, when longtime fans would rush from theater to theater hoping to catch multiple glimpses of the prequel's trailer. A New York Times piece from November of that year chronicles the bedlam surrounding its premiere, citing a 26-year-old fan who'd caught the trailer 20 times and wasn't done yet. Many weren't even sticking around to watch the movies they'd paid to see (namely "Meet Joe Black," which the "Phantom Menace" promo first accompanied).
Speculation indicates the new trailer for J.J. Abrams' film will clock in at about a minute and comprise shots that introduce the characters without dialogue.
UPDATE: Bad Robot, Abrams' production company, tweeted a handwritten note that reveals the trailer will be 88 seconds long.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) November 24, 2014
UPDATE: AMC Theatres announced it will also screen the trailer at select locations.
— AMC Theatres (@AMCTheatres) November 24, 2014
UPDATE: Apparently it took a while for the Force to get out of bed this morning. Cinemark tweeted that it, too, will premiere the trailer. "Star Wars" for everyone!
— Cinemark Theatres (@Cinemark) November 24, 2014
UPDATE: Here's the full list of theaters where the trailer will screen:
Phoenix, Arizona -- Harkins Tempe Marketplace
Los Angeles, California -- AMC Century City
Los Angeles, California --El Capitan
Irvina, California -- Regal Spectrum Irvine 21
San Francisco, California -- AMC Meteron 16
San Jose, California -- CInemark Oakridge 20
San Diego, California -- Regal Mira Mesa 18
Toronto, Canada -- CPX Younge & Dundas
Vancouver, Canada -- CPX Riverport
Denver, Colorado -- AMC Westminster 24
Washington, D.C. -- AMC Tysons Corner 16
Miami, Florida -- Carmike Parisian 20
Atlanta, George -- Regal Atlantic Station
Chicago, Illinois -- Regal City North
Boston, Massachusetts -- AMC Boston Commons 19
Detroit, Michigan -- Cinemark Showcase 20
Minneapolis, Missouri -- AMC Southdale
Kansas City, Missouri -- AMC Studio 30
New York City -- AMC Lincoln Square 12
New York City -- Regal Union Square
Cleveland, Ohio -- Cinemark 24
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Regal Warrington 22
Nashville, Tennessee -- Carmike Thoroughbred 20
Knoxville, Tennessee -- Regal Pinnacle
Dallas, Texas -- Cinema Plano 20
Houston, Texas -- Regal Marq'e Stadium 23
Austin, Texas -- Alamo S Lamar
Salt Lake City, Utah -- Cinemark 24 WJ
Seattle, Washington -- Regal Thornton Place 14
Milwaukee, Wisconsin -- Marcus Brookfield 16