Lining Up for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Veronica Nunez
November 2, 2019

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The last Star Wars Line Up to date was for Solo: A Star Wars Story.  We returned to our Line home at the TCL Chinese Theatres Imax forecourt for a two day line which began at 7pm on May 22 and ended with the screening at 7pm on May 24, 2018.  LiningUp.Net organizes shorter lines for the off-shoot films of the Star Wars franchise.  Rogue One and Solo were both 2 day long Line Ups, and longer Line Ups being reserved for the core Star Wars films.

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The shorter Line Ups work differently than the longer Lines.  Instead of accumulating hours in Line to pick your seats, we were given a raffle ticket when we checked-in for the Line.  The raffle takes place on the first night, and that’s when we get to select our seats.  We also paid for our tickets and badges, and t-shirts (if we ordered one) in advance of the Line starting.

Here are the logistics for how the Line Up is run for the longer Line Ups in the time of internet pre-purchased tickets.  You sign in with the organizer manning the check-in table.  A release is completed and signed when you first sign up/check-in at the table.  You can leave the line for a short time (to smoke, go to the bathroom, get food) as long as it’s a short-time, I think about 20-30 minutes.  If you leave for a longer time, you need to check-out with the check-in/out table.  So it’s easy to run home to take a shower, get more clean clothes, etc.  The organizers tabulate the amount of time each person spends in line.  The person who has the most hours gets to select their seats/tickets first, the person with second highest time selects their seats/tickets second, etc.   I believe it was the Star Wars: The Last Jedi line they added a QR code to our name badges to use an app to tabulate the hours.  It was easier for the organizers and for the rest of us, because there was more than one person who could check us in/out.

Before the opening night screening the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax hosted a plaque dedication ceremony for Carrie Fisher.  The idea of the plaque was revealed on opening night for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and you can read more about that event here.   The plaque was installed into the concrete in the forecourt during night of May 23, 2018.  There’s nothing like the sound of a saw cutting into concrete at 2am. At least I remembered to bring my earplugs.  Todd Fisher and his wife, actress Catherine Hickland, were present for the ceremony.

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A couple of us mentioned an error in the plaque to theater management who was not happy.  See the photo of the installed plaque.  Do you see what it is?  I believe it has been corrected from a recent photo I saw, but I haven’t been to the theater in a long time to see it.

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After the ceremony, we milled about and did any press interviews requested for a few hours before having to clear the area.  About an hour before show time, the forecourt is cleared of people and the barricades are placed between the forecourt and public sidewalks.  All ticket holders get into a literal line along the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard. After the screening the Lining Up group heads up to the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the third level of the Hollywood and Highland Center for our after party.

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LiningUp.Net organizers with Daniel Logan & Ray Park

For more information on Lining Up here.  Like their Facebook page, and you can follow them on Instagram (@LiningUp_Net) and Twitter (@LiningUpNet), too!

Information on the amazing work the Starlight Children’s Foundation does can be found here, and you can donate to our cause here.

You can join us for the next Line Up at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax in Hollywood from December 10-19, 2019.  Help us raise money for a wonderful charity, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and have fun meeting fellow Star Wars fans!  Check out the Facebook event page for the next Line for more information.

May the Force be With You.

Lining Up for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Lining Up for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

By Veronica Nunez
October 24, 2019

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The LiningUp.Net Line for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was fun-filled to be sure.  The Line Up started on the evening of December 7, 2017 with a number of the Line being given seats for the 200th Episode of Fatman on Batman (now called Fatman Beyond) being held in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatres Imax instead of Scum & Villainy Cantina.  Scum & Villainy was present to provide non-alcoholic Star Wars themed drinks for donations to Starlight Children’s Foundation.  The TCL Chinese donated a 55-inch TCL 4K HDR television to be raffled off.  The raffle tickets were $10 each and all of the proceeds went to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.  I bought two raffle tickets and got a blue milk drink.

I managed to get a seat in the front row for the podcast.  You can watch the video of the podcast here.  Spoiler: I won the tv!!  I was in need of a new tv as I had recently moved and didn’t take my old one with me since it was near its end.

I gave myself a craft project of making some felt and yarn Princess Leia headbands for Line members and whomever else would want one.  Using hot glue in cold weather made this project a little difficult.  I used some scraps to make a mini headband for the Porg plush of one of our young Line members.  The headbands also doubled as earmuffs to keep us warm.

As usual, there were press around doing interviews and taking photos of the Line.  One of the nights, Red Robin made a generous donation to the Starlight Children’s Foundation and provided the line with free dinners of burgers and sandwiches.  Skywalking Through Neverland podcast brought the inflatable At-AT and hosted Star Wars trivia with prizes.

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Some of our late night shenanigans included all night Cards Against Humanity session and trapping a Line organizer in his tent. I didn’t sleep in a tent the night they did the tent thing. I woke up to giggling and saw what they were doing.  I took a couple of pictures and went back to sleep.

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A celebration for Carrie Fisher was held the in the afternoon on the last day of the Line Up, December 14, 2017, prior to the screening on opening night.  An image of a plaque which will be placed in the forecourt in honor of Carrie Fisher was revealed.  The forecourt was closed to the public during the ceremony and only press and the Lining Up group were allowed to be inside the barricades.  There was also a cake which was cut after the plaque announcement ceremony which included some words from Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother.

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There was an after party for the Lining Up group held at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres after the movie where we ate pizza to our hearts content and played some games provided by Dave & Busters which has a location at the Hollywood and Highland Center, too.

Go to LiningUp.Net for more information on past and future Star Wars Lines.  You can also follow them on Instagram (@LiningUp_net) and Twitter (@LiningUpNet), and be sure to check them out on Facebook here.

Get information on the amazing work the Starlight Children’s Foundation does here, and be sure to donate here.

May the Force Be With You.

Lining Up for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One Line Up

By Veronica Nunez
October 17, 2019

 

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The second Line Up I participated in was for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  This Line Up was also organized by LiningUp.Net and held at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax in Hollywood, California.  This was a shorter line from 7pm on December 13 to 7pm (first showing of Rogue One) on December 15, 2016.  As always we raised money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and chose our seats in order of total time spent in the Line.  More details on how time is tallied is on my recap of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Line.

Thankfully, it wasn’t as cold during this line as it was for the last half of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Line Up.  This is the first Line Up where I watched the movie with the rest of the Line members, and it was a blast.

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The TCL Chinese Theatre Imax hosted a costume contest in the forecourt a few hours before the 7pm showtime.  First prize was a 55” TCL television.  Two of the judges were Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett), and cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty.  A few of our Line members competed in the costume contest, but the win went to this amazing Amidala costume made and worn by Dawn Bright.

 

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We had a few more hours before the show to hang out and do more press.  There were a lot of press outlets there for the costume contest, and they stayed and interviewed several people from the Line and other fans including yours truly.  Then we cleaned up and put our belongings in our cars before getting into a literal line on side walk along Hollywood Boulevard until the theater staff began letting us into the theater for the movie.  The Lining Up group gathered in front of the Imax screen with our lightsabers alight and took a group photo.  Then we made our way back to our seats to watch Rogue One.  After the screening, the Line members and organizers went upstairs to the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the third level of the Hollywood and Highland Center for the after party.

For more information on Lining Up here.  Like their Facebook page, and you can follow them on Instagram (@LiningUp_Net) and Twitter (@LiningUpNet), too!

Information on the amazing work the Starlight Children’s Foundation does can be found here, and you can donate to our cause here.

You can check out this video with some interviews with the costume contest participants and yours truly (but they misspelled my last name).

May the Force be With You.

Lining Up for Star Wars The Force Awakens

Lining up for Star Wars:

The Force Awakens

By Veronica Nunez
October 9, 2019

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I’m not sure how I heard about the line for Star Wars : The Force Awakens, but I know I signed up on Eventbrite.  The line up was organized by LiningUp.Net.   I had already bought Star Wars marathon tickets for an AMC Theater for my niece and myself, but I wanted to see what the line up was all about.  I signed up on the first day in the forecourt of the historic TCL Chinese Theatre Imax. I brought my folding camp chair and a bag of snacks and found a spot to hang out.  The line event began on December 5, 2015 and ended on December 17, 2015 with the first show of The Force Awakens followed by an after party inside the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the 3rd level of the Hollywood & Highland Center.

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This little dog’s cape was amazing!

You’re immediate thought may be “It’s going to be stinky with all those unwashed people.”  That’s not true.  Here are the logistics for how the Line Up is run in the time of internet pre-purchased tickets.  You sign in with the organizer manning the check-in table.  A release is completed and signed when you first sign up/check-in at the table.  You can leave the line for a short time (to smoke, go to the bathroom, grab food) as long as it’s a short-time, I think about 20-30 minutes.  If you leave for a longer time, you need to check-out with the check-in/out table.  So it’s easy to run home to take a shower, get more clean clothes, etc.  The organizers tabulate the amount of time each person spends in line.  The person who has the most hours gets to select their seats/tickets first, the person with second highest time selects their seats/tickets second, etc.   I believe it was the Star Wars: The Last Jedi line they added a QR code to our name badges to use an app to tabulate the hours.  It was easier for the organizers and for the rest of us, because there was more than one person who could check us in/out.

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Even Santa Clause stopped by to say hello!

It was easy to make some friends, but I began the day by just hanging out with myself and observing the crowd.  I read a little, played on my phone, and people watched.  In case you are unaware, the block of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange is very tourist heavy.  Many of these tourists come into the forecourt of the Chinese to see the famous hand and footprints.  The weather was nice for December around the mid-70s, but I brought a lap blanket, scarf, beanie, and warm gloves.  There were other newbies like myself as well as veterans from past lines (beginning with Episode I) some of whom hadn’t seen each other for several years.  The purpose of the line is obviously to see the newest Star Wars film, but with pre-purchasing of tickets, it isn’t necessary.  LiningUp.Net uses the line up as a way to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

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LiningUp.Net organizer, Peter Genovese doing a press interview.

The forecourt of the TCL Chinese Imax Theatre is private property which is “fenced” off from the public once the theater closes for the night.  They have their own security personnel stationed in the forecourt to keep people out.  The staff of the TCL Chinese was fantastic in supporting the Line Up group, allowing us to use the restrooms throughout the day and night.  Being able to sleep on top of the hand and footprints of Hollywood’s famous past and present is an amazing opportunity.  We had fun calling “dibs” on certain celebrities’ hand prints each night.  I’ve slept on Natalie Wood’s prints and Marilyn Monroe, but I sat on Denzel Washington’s prints a lot during the Line.

I didn’t camp overnight the first weekend and worked the following week, but I took some vacation time so that I could camp out all day and night for the second weekend through to opening night.  Of course the temperatures dropped significantly the second weekend of the Line Up, and I hate the cold.  I’m a Southern California native, of course I hate the cold.  It was also raining off and on so that didn’t help me to keep warm.  I had packed the free rain poncho I had received in my swag bag from the Oscars bleachers in 2013, so I put all of my stuff onto my chair and placed the poncho over everything to keep them dry.  I then went to the “$10 souvenir store” (in reality everything is $5—every single day so don’t believe the hawkers they have outside) to see if they had any umbrellas as I had left mine at home.   I did go home after 2 days to take a shower and grab my regular umbrella for the rest of the week.

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There are a lot of news outlets who came to cover the Line Up, so be prepared for that.  You don’t have to do press if you don’t want to, but you may be on camera which may be an issue if you called out of work saying you’re sick as some people have done.  We also had some special guests stop by the Line Up such as Anthony Daniels (C3-PO) who spent quite a bit of time taking photos with us and telling us a story about C3-PO footprints in the forecourt.  Ray Park (Darth Maul) stopped by when it was raining a little (it had been raining off and on all day), and did a little lightsaber “sparring” with a few of the Line members.  I may put some short (and shaky) video of that on my YouTube page.

There was a lot of noise from the tents being set up on Hollywood Boulevard for the Red Carpet Premiere which was scheduled for December 14, 2015.  We had to clear the area by 6am the day of the premiere, and we were all given time in line during the premiere festivities until we were able to return.  The premiere had closed off 3 or 4 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard to traffic.  On the day of the premiere, there were security stations with metal detectors on every corner.  This made it impossible to line up on a side street during the time we were cleared out from the forecourt.  I didn’t return to the Line Up after the premiere except for a brief visit to say hello on my way to the Star Wars marathon at the AMC Theatres in Burbank.  I made some great friends during my first Line, and these became deeper friendships during the following Lines and beyond.

You can get more information on the Star Wars Lines at LiningUp.Net.  Like their Facebook page here.

Please check out the great work the StarLight Children’s Foundation does, and please donate here.

You can see me in some of the press coverage here and here.