By: Dominic Jones
In the build up to release of any major movie that is the latest installment in a franchise, movie theaters have begun a new trend of hosting movie marathons, showing all the prior films in the series before the premiere of the next installment. I attended one of these of the The Dark Knight Rises in 2012 where Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were screened leading up to the screening of the new film at midnight, and just about every Marvel Studios movie that comes out gets one as well (with the largest in scale taking place recently over two days showing all the films since Iron Man  leading up to Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Now, it seems, Star Wars will follow that trend. Arnie from Star Wars Action News is reporting that an AMC theaters manager told that AMC will be hosting a Star Wars movie marathon leading up to the release of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens this December 18th. Lucasfilm/Disney have not yet commented on this story.
Seeing as The Force Awakens is being released in 3D, does this mean the prequels will be screened in 3D as part of this movie marathon as well? That seems a bit unlikely. I doubt the theaters would want to give up one of their 3D theaters (or projectors) to one audience for an entire day (or half a day) when they could be showing other current 3D movies and bringing in more money that way. Which is a shame really, Revenge of the Sith especially looks great in 3D and it would be a nice gesture to fans were disappointed by the cancellation of the 3D re-releases. All that being said, what I really hope, and assuming this is, is that this is a complete saga marathon and NOT just an Original Trilogy marathon. As much as I would love to see the OT up on the big screen, I hope that Lucasfilm will respect the prequels as part of the saga and the fans who love those films too. And for the most part Lucasfilm has done an excellent job of honoring all aspects of the saga (Battlefront being the one glaring exception). Hopefully that will continue and we will see all seven films on screen during these movie marathons this December.