AMC Running Special Family-Oriented 'Phantom Menace' 3D Events

January 23, 2012
Source: Collider

Star Wars Phantom Menace 3D Glasses

"Now this is pod racing!" If it's not obvious the demographic they're aiming for with that photo, it will be by the end of this. AMC has announced that 10 of their movie theaters around the US will be hosting special events for the release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 3D starting February 10th, though the events will be on Saturday, the 11th. While I don't expect every Star Wars fan to be there that weekend, these events are family-focused and include special Anakin Skywalker Podracer 3D glasses (seen above) with every ticket, as well as collectible toys and other fun fan events all day long. Star Wars is back!

Here's the info on the event (via Collider) from the press release: To mark the return of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace to theatres, now in immersive 3D, kids, collectors and Star Wars fans of all ages will receive an all-new Hasbro Star Wars Fighter Pod with the purchase of each RealD 3D ticket for Episode I, all weekend long, February 10th-12th. Additionally, 10 AMC theatres will host exclusive event screenings in RealD 3D to bring the fun of Star Wars in 3D to life for families and fans. Starting Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11AM, select theatres will offer activities, giveaways, and interactive experiences. Here are the 10 theaters:

Atlanta - AMC Southlake 24
Boston - AMC Loews Liberty Tree Mall 20
Chicago - AMC South Barrington 30
Denver - AMC Highlands Ranch 24
Los Angeles - AMC Tustin 14 at The District
Ontario, CA - AMC Ontario Mills 30
New York - AMC Empire 25
New York - AMC Garden State 16
Phoenix - AMC Mesa Grand 24
San Francisco - AMC Emeryville Bay Street 16

For more information or to book tickets at any AMC theatres in advance, visit their official page for the Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace re-release. I'm very curious to see how well this does and how many people/kids actually go out to see this re-release in theaters. Unfortunately they're starting with the first prequel, which is one movie that most of the fans of the original trilogy don't like much. I'm still debating on going out to see this myself, as I'm not sure a 3D conversion is enough to make me actually go spend more money on The Phantom Menace. But those podracer 3D glasses do look pretty damn cool. Anyone going?

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    Those glasses are pretty cool. May go just for those.
    • Ajeffrey7
      Yeah, that's exactly what I'm thinking. I don't really care about the toys and other stuff, but man, those glasses are sweet! Do you know or anyone else reading this know if you get the glasses with a ticket purchase at any AMC theater, or is it just at those select 10. Thanks!
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  • Anonymous
    Gotta have a gimmick... Episode I is such a lackluster film, gimmicks are the only way to get butts in the seats for this re-release.
  • Xerxexx
    yuck. On a side not that kid seems to be enjoying his time...kind of how I felt after seeing Empire for the first time...minus the glasses of course.
  • Meow
    Boycott Lucas.
  • Phantomrockcity
    that's why they're focusing on kid/family focused. because kids haven't developed into the nit-picking pricks we have all become with movies. they still hold onto the fact that a movie is still cool. Period.
    • Rpotter1000
      If I may, I think your comment had power until you added "period." Free advice for the future. Drop the period!
      • Phantomrockcity
        thank ya sir.
  • Freevegan
    I'm too excited to see this!! And, I ain't a kid.
  • ManWithAPlan
    Unless Luca$ has hired an outside editor to extensively recut 'The Phantom Menace' into a tighter and more focused 120-plus minute version, I'll give this a miss... I saw it in 1999 a total of SEVEN times (don't ask me why), now I can't sit through more than five minutes of it, why would anyone want to shell out for the same movie all over again!?  If Jorge Luca$ is going to re-release the 'Star Wars' movies, how about remastering the OT's theatrical versions and re-releasing them on anamorphic widescreen DVD and Bluray, but I'll not hold my breath...
    • Vegan
      Blueray was released last year.
      • ManWithAPlan
        Not the unaltered theatrical versions, I refuse to reward Luca$' further gratuitous tinkering with the OT, period!
  • Anonymous
    I've been re-watching the pre-logy on bluray for weeks and I must say while not as ambitious content wise, visually these films are stunning and the transition/conversion to 3D would at least prove so. I agree with you Alex the # of people who actually attend and the reasons behind starting with the prequel is curious very curious Sweet glasses though
  • TheOct8pus
    That movie isn't too bad as long as you smoke a lot of pot before seeing it...I mean A LOT of pot....
    • Max Renn
      Or get really drunk beforehand and make a loud slurring speech halfway through, pointing out how shit the movie is to the rest of the audience.
  • ... I loved The Phanton Menace... true it is the weakest of the six, but that's because is the prologue. In the end it has a lot going on for it like the pod race scene, the lighsaber duel and Qui-Gonn "fucking" Jinn and Darth Maul are among the coolest characters in the whole saga. I also like Jar Jar Binks, I get it he's stupid but doesn't every animated movie has a character way more annoying? People just complain about Jar Jar because he's in Star Wars... no one would ever make such a deal if he was on a Dreamworks movie...
    • I agree, but for me, Attack of the Clones was so much worse. They better be giving out George Lucas autographs for me to even consider going to see that movie in 3d! ha




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