‘The force’ to hit Craig early | CraigDailyPress.com

‘The force’ to hit Craig early

Star Wars fans in Craig will be among the first in the nation to see Anakin Skywalker cross over to the Dark Side.

The West Theatre will show “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the earliest premiere the film company allows.

“Revenge of the Sith” is the last installment in the six-film Star Wars series.

“A lot of people said they wanted to see it,” West Theatre manager Debbie Winder said.

Winder decided Sunday to have a midnight showing for Star Wars.

The Chief Plaza Theater in Steamboat Springs also has a midnight showing.

Winder said she heard about people planning to drive to Steamboat and take Thursday off work to see the film.

“It’s silly to make people go out of town if they want to see it,” Winder said.

The West Theatre has done midnight showings in the past, but not for a premiere and never on a weeknight.

“I’d like to do more,” Win–der said.

Tickets will be regular price and available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no advanced ticket sales.

The last film Wednesday evening ends at about 9:45 p.m., and Winder expects to let people in for Star Wars at about 11 p.m.

“If people want to come in, I won’t make them freeze,” Winder said.

Bridgette Harris, owner of Fun and Games game store on Victory Way, said she’s excited for the release of “Revenge of the Sith,” but she won’t be attending the premiere in Craig. She is going to catch the film on Thursday afternoon in Denver.

The release of the final installment in the Star Wars series brings mixed feelings for Harris.

“It is kind of sad to see the end of it, but I’m not sure this is the end” she said. “We’ll just have to see what (Star Wars creator George Lucas) is going to do.”

Winder doesn’t expect a packed house for the midnight showing, but she hopes for a good turnout.

“If I’m going to stay up, I hope people will go,” she said.

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