December will mark the return to "a galaxy far, far away" for the first time since 2008. Before J.J. Abram's "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" is released on Dec. 18, fans will have the opportunity to revisit their favorite moments from the original six films or get caught up on the movies when theaters around the country screen "Star Wars" marathons.
Fans can relive epic scenes like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Darth Vader (David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones) light saber battle in "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" and Vader taking his first breaths in his body armor in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith." You can find a complete list of theaters participating in the "Star Wars" marathon here.
In addition to the movie marathons, several theaters will also be having special promotions for the release of the new movie, according to the Star Wars website. Some theaters will offer special collectable "Star Wars" themed tickets, movie poster giveaways, collectable glasses, and a special pint glass is being offered at Alamo Drafthouse.
The official "Star Wars" twitter account also announced a new "Stars Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" trailer will air Monday night on ESPN during “Monday Night Football." The trailer is expected to air during halftime of the matchup between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles, which begins at 8:15 EDT. So far there have been three teaser trailers released and many expect Monday night's trailer to be the first full length look at the new chapter.
Tickets for the premiere will go on sale everywhere tickets are sold after the trailer is shown Monday night during halftime. Halftime for "Monday Night Football" is normally between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT. Ticket prices for both the premiere and marathon were not yet available.
Beginning Dec. 17, fans will get to watch all six of the original "Star Wars" films in 2D and the new "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" in 3D. Guests participating in the marathon screenings will also be given lanyards with movie art on them.
For those who may not have a theater screening the films near them, you may still have the opportunity to see all six films before the release. In September, Exstreamist revealed a possible rumor that all six original "Star Wars" films could be coming to Netflix before the release. Netflix denied the rumors and said "there are no current official plans to bring Star Wars to Netflix," but it doesn't mean there definitely won't be one in November or December. CinemaBlend revealed Netflix reached a deal with Disney for 2016 and Disney is the company that owns LucasFilm and Star Wars, so the possibility remains.
“Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens” will land in theaters Dec. 18.