Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
An early 88-second tease of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be seen in 30 theaters (20 with IMAX screens, 10 without) across North America beginning Friday morning, November 28th. Because of this I’m getting a ton of questions on Twitter – what movies is it playing in front of, when will it be online, what is in the trailer – so I thought I’d put together a Frequently Asked Questions document to answer your Force Awakens trailer questions.
How Long Is the Trailer?
It is 88 seconds long, according to JJ Abrams’ note. (Seen above.)
Will the Trailer Show New Footage or Is It Just a Teaser?
Technically, it is a teaser trailer as it runs less than 90 seconds in length, but it is expected to show the first footage from the movie, including the new characters and villain and feature new Star Wars music composed by John Williams. It’s a big deal and you’ll want to see it, not in a crappy pirated copy online but on the big screen.
Where Can I See the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer?
Lucasfilm has announced 30 movie theaters around North America which will show the teaser trailer before every screening. The list is below:
- PHOENIX, AZ HARKINS TEMPE MARKETPLACE
- LOS ANGELES, CA AMC CENTURY CITY and EL CAPITAN
- IRVINE, CA REGAL SPECTRUM IRVINE 21
- SAN FRANCISCO, CA AMC METERON 16
- SAN JOSE, CA CINEMARK OAKRIDGE 20
- SAN DIEGO, CA REGAL MIRA MESA 18
- TORONTO, CANADA CPX YOUNGE & DUNDAS
- VANCOUVER, CANADA CPX RIVERPORT
- DENVER, CO AMC WESTMINSTER 24
- WASHINGTON D.C. AMC TYSONS CORNER 16
- MIAMI, FL CARMIKE PARISIAN 20
- ATLANTA, GA REGAL ATLANTIC STATION
- CHICAGO IL REGAL CITY NORTH
- BOSTON MA AMC BOSTON COMMONS 19
- DETROIT MI CINEMARK SHOWCASE 20
- MINNEAPOLIS MN AMC SOUTHDALE
- KANSAS CITY MO AMC STUDIO 30
- NEW YORK NY AMC LINCOLN SQUARE 12 and REGAL UNION SQAURE
- CLEVELAND OH CINEMARK CINEMARK 24
- PHILADELPHIA, PA REGAL WARRINGTON 22
- NASHVILLE, TN CARMIKE THOROUGHBRED 20
- KNOXVILLE, TN REGAL PINNACLE
- DALLAS, TX CINEMARK WEST PLANO 20
- HOSTON TX REGAL MARQ*E STADIUM 23
- AUSTIN TX ALAMO ALAMO S LAMAR
- SALT LAKE CITY UT CINEMARK CINEMARK 24 WEST JORDAN
- SEATTLE WA REGAL THORNTON PLACE 14
- MILWAUKEE WI MARCUS BROOKFIELD 16
Is the Trailer Playing Just on Friday?
No. The trailer will be playing at these theaters beginning Friday morning November 28th through end of day Sunday November, 30th 2014. (No midnight screenings Thursday).
What Happens After Sunday November 30th 2014? Will the Trailer No Longer Be in Theaters?
StarWars.com has confirmed that the trailer will “be seen in theaters around the world this December.” The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a near guarantee.
Which movies and showtimes will have the trailer attached?
The trailer will play in front of every showtime of every movie at these 30 theaters on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. AMC Theatres has confirmed this. This trailer debut is unprecedented.
Which Movie Should I See to Watch the Teaser Trailer?
Tickets in most cities are not yet on sale, but the early rumor is that theaters would have to agree to put Disney’s Big Hero 6 as their earliest showtime, so the early matinee screening of the Disney Animation film might be your earliest bet. But if that’s sold out, anything will work.