Community members dressed up as jedi, Rey, Princess Leia and other popular “Star Wars” characters and put their knowledge of the series to the test before the premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Thursday at the Rowland Theatre.
The theater invited guests to participate in a trivia contest and a costume contest before watching the highly anticipated movie.
Jonah Porter, 9, was the youngest participant in the trivia contest and emerged victorious. In addition to a movie pass, Porter received a basket of popular concession stand items. When asked what it was like to win the contest, Jonah simply said, “Maximum level.”
Jonah was most excited to see Rey and Finn, key characters from “The Force Awakens,” on the big screen. Coincidentally enough, Mia Koptchak, 11, was dressed as Rey when she was selected as the winner of the costume contest.
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“She is my favorite character. I like her attitude,” Mia said.
The idea behind the trivia and costume contests was to get people to come to the theater early so that they could enjoy the atmosphere that comes with a “Star Wars” movie release. Rebecca Inlow, on the board of directors at the Rowland, said that a new “Star Wars” movie acts as a holiday for fans of the series.
“The ‘Star Wars’ release is usually one of our biggest nights of the year. We usually get a lot of people. The theater is a great place to see it. We seat 1,000 and have a great balcony,” Inlow said.
“We know how important the ‘Star Wars’ franchise is to ‘Star Wars’ fans and that’s why we wanted to make it fun. We just wanted to make it a special night.”
Bret Pallotto: 814-231-4648