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[Updated] STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer to Debut this Weekend

UPDATE #3: has released the full list of theaters playing the teaser trailer. Check ’em out below!

UPDATE #2: AMC and Cinemark have both confirmed the trailer will be playing at select locations. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

UPDATE: J.J. Abrams has confirmed what Regal cinemas reported below by tweeting an image of what we can look forward too this Thanksgiving weekend:

Is that a TIE Fighter blowing up a ship? A planet? A DEATHSTAR? Let’s find out together this weekend when we get to see what will apparently be 88 seconds of new, non-prequel Star Wars footage. — As we told you in this morning’s Movie Morsels, there have been a lot of rumors circling about the debut of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the last couple days. Many Bothans died to bring us this information, and their sacrifice was not in vain because it turns out that’s true. Thanks to an official announcement (now removed) by Regal Cinemas from, we can confirm that the hotly anticipated trailer will premiere this weekend in nine select theater these select theaters:

CA, Los Angeles – AMC – Century City
CA, Los Angeles – Indep – El Capitan
CA, Irvine – Regal – Spectrum Irvine 21
CA, San Francisco – AMC – Meteron 16
CA, San Jose – Cinemark – Oakridge 20
CA, San Diego – Regal – Mira Mesa 18
CAN, Toronto – CPX – Younge & Dundas
CAN, Vancouver – CPX – Riverport CPX
CO, Denver – AMC – Westminster 24
DC, Washington D.C. – AMC – Tysons Corner 16
FL, Miami – Carmike – Parisian
GA, Atlanta – Regal – Atlantic Station
IL, Chicago – Regal – City North
MA, Boston – AMC – Boston Commons 19
MI, Detroit – Cinemark – Showcase 20
MN, Minneapolis – AMC – Southdale
MO, Kansas City – AMC – Studio 30
NY, New York – AMC – Lincoln Square
NY, New York – Regal – Union Square
OH, Cleveland – Cinemark – Cinemark 20
PA, Philadelphia – Regal – Warrington 22
TN, Nashville – Carmike – Thoroughbred 20
TN, Knoxville – Regal – Pinnacle
TX, Dallas – Cinemark – Plano 20
TX, Houston – Regal – Marque Stadium 23
TX, Austin – Alamo – Alamo S. Lamar
UT, Salt Lake City – Cinemark – Cinemark 24
WA, Seattle – Regal – Thornton Place 14
WI, Milwaukee – Marcus – Brookfield 16

We have no doubt this won’t be the last we see of the Star Wars trailer before the end of 2014, but if Disney was looking for a way to make a splash, this is one of the more interesting ways they could have done it. Odds are good that, even if they don’t live in one of the nine areas listed above, hardcore fans will travel to the closest theater they can in order to get an exclusive look at the first live action Star Wars footage in nearly ten years.

As more news drops about the trailer and where it can be seen, we’ll be sure to fill you in right here at Will you attend a showing at one of the nine theaters to see the Star Wars trailer? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Evan says:

    The “Miami” theater is actually in West Palm Beach, 60 miles North.  I’m thinking the trailer is going to be 75 seconds of the title, then Jar Jar hopping out and saying “me so ready to be the star of this new movie.”

    • John Duncan Yoyo says:

      Just as accurate with the DC theater.  Tyson’s Corners is in Northern Virginia.  At least the mall is on the Metro now. 

  2. Jonny Rogers says:

    Holy crap! Jar Jar IS going to be in this movie! He signed his name right there! JJ! What else could that possibly stand for?!?! *sly face emoji*

  3. Travis says:

    Hell yea! I gotta drive 30 minutes but it is going to be well worth it!

  4. Ryan says:

    I live 5 minutes from the Theater in Houston. I will now be going there this weekend. 

  5. Orionsangel says:

    It’s gonna be very surreal for me. More so than the prequels. For over 30 years I’ve thought of other Star Wars films and what they would be like…For example Obi-Wan fighting Anakin on a Lava Planet. That thought was with me since 82. Eventually it came to pass and while it was surreal. It won’t be as surreal as seeing old Luke, Han and Leia.

    The movie of them as old people has been with me since I was little kid. I would imagine it in my head. I even had dreams about it, but it was something that I thought would definitely never happen. Lucas always dismissed it and he became too old. I gave up on it. Now it’s actually gonna happen. It’s a bit unreal for me and I don’t know how I will react. Emotional I bet. 

  6. littleradish says:

    I hope these are really the theaters. I am planning to go to the Spectrum on Friday.

  7. amysrevenge says:

    ” the first live action Star Wars footage in nearly ten years.”

    Seems like so much longer ago than ten years.  I think I file all three prequels in the 90s in my brain.

  8. Orionsangel says:

    You just know it’s gonna leak online. It has to!

  9. Sugar Ray D. says:

    I’ll wait until somebody posts it on YouTube…no need to be impatient, since doing so won’t speed up any release dates !!

  10. Dean says:

    Too many people too excited about the Star Wars movie. I’m a huge fan and all, but I’m starting to get turned off about the lies, rumors and people who think that they know the inside information. Let’s all just calm down and wait. I’m just as excited as the next fan boy, but c’mon!