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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 3, 1997)
warrants waiting in line
By Gerry Beltz
There was a slight breeze out of the north,
and the temperature was right around 50 degrees.
Balmy weather for a Nebraska winter, and a
blessing for those waiting to get into the pre
miere of “Star Wars: Special Edition” at the
Stuart Theatre, 13th and P streets, last Friday.
Some fans had been there since 7 a.m., and
Chuck Isom, a senior advertising major at UNL,
said he came by about 1:30 a.m. just for good
“If people had been here, we would’ve
stayed,” Isom said. “Instead, we went home and
slept for a few hours.”
Isom said he was expecting an experience
of religious proportions at this movie.
“This is my Mecca,” Isom said.
Kevin Gregorius, a junior broadcasting ma
jor, held the coveted position of first in line.
Why is it important to see it on the first day?
“You have to ask?” Gregorius replied.
“This was an integral part of my childhood,”
Gregorius said, “of all our childhoods.”
Inside the Stuart, business was hectic.
Marilyn Hallinan, Stuart Theatre manager,
gained permission to open the box office early
to sell tickets for the 4:55 show.
“This would all be going faster if I wasn’t
the only one here,” Hallinan said.
At 1:20, Lindsay Gilmore, second assistant
manager for the Stuart, arrived and was given
two immediate tasks by Hallihan: Get a bucket
or something for all the money in the box office
and start assembling the new Star Wars kiddie
‘“Independence Day’ was nothing like this,”
Gilmore said. “People are just going nuts.”
It’s 2:30 p.m., and 300 tickets are left for the
900-seat theater. Assistant manager Jeremy
Carlson, a junior electrical engineering major,
and employees Brianna Greco and Jackson
Pueppke, both Lincoln High School seniors,
have joined the fray. They’re getting the con
cessions stand ready.
“We’ve stocked everything about two to
three times as much as we usually do,” Pueppke
said. “The popcorn machine will be running vir
tually nonstop, and other theaters might be pop
ping for us too.”
Carlson said he predicted months ago that
business would be this brisk.
“It’s fun to have stuff like this happen, but I
don’t like working this much.”
Greco said she was just trying to keep up.
“It’s just going to be crazy,” Greco said.
“Things are just flying at a mile-a-minute.”
3:40 p.m. To quote Red Leader from “Star
Wars”: “HERE THEY COME!”
People are running through the lobby, leap
ing up the stairs to the second floor, rushing for
the ultimate prize: front row in the balcony.
Over the next hour people have seats saved
and mill around talking with other friends. Some
read books, others try to get the wave started.
4:45 p.m. Darth Vader has appeared in the
balcony. With a loaned weapon, he gets into a
light saber duel with a movie patron. No defi
nite winner is declared because Vader’i saber
unexpectedly goes limp. 4 v
4:55 p.m. The lights go down. Hollers, hoots
and whistles fill the auditorium, which would
put Memorial Stadium to the test for containing
the most enthusiasm and devotion.
The “Star Wars” logo hits the screen to unani
mous applause, then silence from the audience.
The audience’s wait is over. The experience
may now begin ... again.
‘Star Wars’ classic fun,
entertaining for everyone
By Gerry Beltz
New footage. Enhanced scenes.
Does it get much better? Nah.
Granted, about half of the new or
enhanced stuff for the special edition
of “Star Wars” can be found on the
Internet or seen on any entertainment
show -- but it’s still a rush.
The tale hasn’t changed: whining
farm boy and Zen-like father-figure
hook up with charming rogue and his
big dog to take on the bad guys and
save the damsel in distress.
We all know what happens. Don’t
know? Go back to Jersey!
The true fun here is at two levels:
those who have seen it (hi the big screen
and those who haven’t.
For those who have, it’s seeing it
again. The rush as that first Star De
stroyer dominates the screen, surround
ing the entire theater in awe, is
For those who haven’t, it’s like
nothing they’ve ever seen before.
The sound system adds to the film
for young and old. You are in that trash
compactor. The Millenium Falcon en
gines make your seat vibrate as it takes
Film: “Star Wars”
Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford,
Carrie Fisher, Alec Guiness *
Director: George Lucas
Rating: PG (two burnt bodies)
Five Words: Two hours of unparal
offoutofMos Eisley (one of many new
The new scenes also are quite a
hoot. Expanded work in the Mos Eisley
spaceport, more Death Star battle
scenes and a man-to-sloth confronta
tion between Han Solo and Jabba the
Hutt were very popular.
(My personal fave: the new result
of Solo and Chewie chasing the
Stormtroopers through the Death Star.)
No matter how big your TV screen
is, or how perfect your home theater
system is, nothing — I repeat, NOTH
ING — can compare to what you will
experience by going to the theater.
You’d better hurry, too. “Star Wars”
will only be here for three weeks, and
the clock is ticking.
I Photos by Scott Bruha
■ (Clockwise from top)
I “STAR WARS" FARS wait outside of
| the Stuart Theatre to buy tickets for
I the second show on Friday evening.
I FRAMES OF R2-D2 roll by soon after
■ running through the projector.
I FARS WAIT OUTSIDE the doors of the
I Stuart Theatre moments before the
■ doors were opened for the first
I showing of “Star Wars.”
I THE QPEMIIIG CREDITS roll in front of
I a full house at the Stuart Theatre
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