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Tales from the dark side: up all night for Star Wars

Leonard Dean has seen every “Star Wars” movie in the theater, and this year hell have a special seat for Episode III Revenge of the Sith.I think this is the best of the ‘Star Wars,’ for the prequels, but its not as good as Empire Strikes Back, said Dean, who is the projectionist at the Springs Theatre in downtown Glenwood, where the movie premiered at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Everybody Ive talked to is excited to see it.Earlier this month, Dean and his boss, John Buxman who owns the Springs traveled to Denver for an intimate theater owners screening of the highly anticipated George Lucas film. He also attended a movie premier benefit for the Colorado Childrens Campaign on May 12 in Continental Six Theatre in Denver.There were stormtroopers in full costume at the benefit, Dean said. I never dressed up like any characters, but I did collect all the toys when I was a kid.Buxman said the multigeneration characteristic of the audiences that follow “Star Wars” movies is part of their worldwide draw.I got a call from a guy who owns the Rent-a-Center by our theater in Moab, Utah, and he said one of his greatest memories is lining up at midnight for ‘Star Wars’ as a kid, Buxman said. He wants to be there with his son for this one, too. Theres a generation span where parents and their children can enjoy the films together.In the first time in “Star Wars” film history, Episode III Revenge of the Sith is rated PG-13. Buxman said that the rating is a guideline for parents on whether their children younger than 13 should see the two-and-half-hour film.Its a little bit more darker, and we have some late showtimes, so please excuse us, he said.Although the film has a different feel, Buxman said audiences should look forward to a good show.Its one of those great films that youre bummed when its over, he said. The coolest part of the movie is the sound and the visuals. Theres something in these movies where you find yourself hanging onto your armrests.Buxman and Dean both agreed that the “Star Wars” films are like no others.Ive never been in a movie where in the opening scene, when they say, A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the audience erupts in cheers, Buxman said. Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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