Newswire: Texas theater to test Star Wars fan devotion with a marathon screening

Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens is nearly upon us, as evidenced by the glut of television spots, merchandising, and junk-food-cross promotions. Even independent auteur George Lucas was permitted to attend a preview screening. Channelling our collective near-violent giddiness at the proximity to opening day, Texas-based movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse is celebrating the countdown with a Star Wars marathon. Entertainment Weekly reports that, starting at 4:45 AM on December 17, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar in Austin, Texas will play all six episodes, concluding with the premiere of Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens.

Some A.V. Club readers may scoff at this challenge. After all, what’s 18 hours or so of viewing? Here’s the catch: Upon conclusion of The Force Awakens, the newest entry will be screened on repeat, for as long as necessary, until only one contestant remains conscious (and possibly …

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