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Star Wars nerds begin premiere campout — outside the wrong theatre

The May 19 premiere of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith has the hardcore Star Wars lovers doing their customary seven-week sleepover awaiting the big day.

But according to this BBC Online story, they're waiting outside the wrong theatre.

An excerpt:

Dedicated fans are lining up outside the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood but have been told it will open on 19 May at a cinema a mile away.

Producers opted to open the film at the ArcLight cinema, making it unlikely other cinemas in the area will show it.

But the fans are refusing to move, believing the news to be false.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith will open at the ArcLight complex, which is adjacent to another Hollywood landmark, the Cinerama Dome.

“We've heard all this before,” said Sarah Sprague, one of the small group already queuing.

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She said similar stories were circulated ahead of Star Wars releases in 1999 and 2002 – but the films had eventually opened at Grauman's.

“This is still the epicentre for Star Wars fans,” Ms Sprague added.

“For the big iconic pictures of the 1970s, people lining up were here. They weren't at the Cinerama Dome.”

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