Indy ‘Star Wars’ fans turn out for special screening

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It’s finally here: the moment in a galaxy far far away we’ve all been waiting for.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened in theaters Thursday night and the party was just getting started at the Indiana State Museum early Friday morning. Star Wars fans there had a special showing ahead of them — one of only 15 in the world.

The Indiana State Museum IMAX was showing the movie from a 70 mm film projection. That’s double the size of a normal 35 mm movie reel, which also means it’s twice as heavy as a normal movie reel.

Some experts say 70 mm is worth seeing on the big screen because from an audience standpoint, it’s a much crisper, brighter, and ideally more uniform and stable image.

Essentially, the difference between 35 mm and 70 mm is similar to the difference between DVD and Blu-Ray. With more than 6,000 tickets and $100,000 in box office revenue pre-sold for the film, it’s become the highest grossing pre-sale film in the theater’s history.

The IMAX at Indiana State Museum has pulled out all the stops to welcome the film. They’ve brought in costumed Star Wars characters and commissioned an expansive Millennium Falcon mural in the theater lobby. If you haven’t got your seats yet you can still do that here.

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