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Seattle's iconic theater gears up for new Star Wars premiere

“We live for this," said Ethan Caldwell from Cinerama. "We start planning months in advance."

Caldwell is, of course, talking about the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Last year, Cinerama's "Star Wars: Rouge One" premiere was a Stormtrooper-studded event - even Darth Vader made an appearance. And, Caldwell says they'll undoubtedly be back for the December 14, 2017 premiere.

“You walk in the door, at least on opening weekend, and you’re going to be greeted by screen accurate Stormtroopers, members of the 501st legion that are paying us a visit," he said. "Add into that the whole building looks like a spaceship - the projection and sound, it’s the perfect place to see Star Wars.”

About 20 years ago, a re-run of "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" was almost the last movie to play at Cinerama. Ever. The theater had been slowly deteriorating for years and was finally about to go out of business for good.

Then, after an outpouring of support from Seattle movie-fans, local entrepreneur and movie buff Paul Allen stepped in to save Cinerama from the wrecking-ball. He restored the badly-aging cinema from top -to-bottom and when it re-opened in 1999, it was once again Seattle's deluxe movie-going experience.

Now, after another theater refresh a few years ago, Cinerama boasts top-of-the line projection and sound. All wrapped in an irresistible retro-cool package.

“In 2014 we renovated and we reduced our seat count from 800 to 560," said Caldwell. "We could add larger seats, more legroom, and once the curtain opens, you're seeing our laser projection - really incredible colors - it's hard to find a better picture to be honest, and the Dolby sound system is on point as well. We have 120 speakers in here, ten sub-woofers for omnidirectional sound - so it kind of puts you in the picture."

And if you just can't get enough Star Wars, Cinerama is running a special double feature. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" followed by the premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi".

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