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Ticket buyers line up for "Star Wars"

by Merrie Leininger

A long time ago, in a land far, far away, the first “Star Wars” movie came to theaters causing long lines and huge profits for theater owners.

On Wednesday at the Ironwood 8 Stadium Theater, owner Monte Adcock watched the growing line with increasing excitement. “Episode One: The Phantom Menace,” opens Wednesday, May 19. The film company had a lot of restrictions of the release and showing of the movie, but did allow presale tickets beginning Wednesday, May 12 at noon.

“This is a once in a lifetime event. It is a lot of fun,” Adcock said. “There was a group here at 10:30 last (Tuesday) night. They spent the night and had their video games and ordered pizza from next door. They said they wanted to be the first ones. They waited in line for the first “Star Wars”.”

The theater is doubling its number of employees temporarily to handle the “Star Wars” customers, but have not raised prices.

The line wrapped around the building Wednesday, but the rush for pre-sale tickets significantly slowed during the rest of the week. On Friday morning, 724 tickets had been sold so far, selling out the midnight show and the 6:30 p.m. show, according to manager Lori Pulver.

Colleen Miller was one of the people who stood in line for over an hour Wednesday. She said she really wanted to see the movie, but she was waiting in line to please her daughter.

Miller, of Gardnerville, said she cut school to see the first movie and, after years of struggling to get her college degree, she decided she deserved another day off.

“I cut a lot of school back then and didn’t graduate, but now I am. I will graduate the day after the opening and decided to reward myself,” Miller said.

Rick Canale, of Minden, said he was forced to stand in line.

“My wife said if I didn’t, I’d be in trouble,” he said.

He said he didn’t really mind the line at Ironwood, because they stood in a line that wrapped around the whole building to see the original “Star Wars” when they lived in Southern California.

Pat Murphy of Gardnerville said he was also there for his significant other.

“My financee is at work and she wanted the tickets. I have to work next week, but her whole office is taking the day off to see the movie. I can’t do it next week. I’ll probably wait to let the hoopla die down,” Murphy said.

Regina Heath of Topaz was also there as a favor.

“My teen-age son works here and he didn’t want to have to stand in line, too. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. The things you do for your kids,” Heath said.

Joann Butler of the Ranchos said she promised her son she would stand in line for tickets if he brought his grades up, and apparently, it worked.

“I’m a fan. I saw the first one, but I’m not as excited as he is,” she said.

Adcock said his theater, one of many around the Lake he owns, is the only one in Northern Nevada with Dolby Digital EX technology, which is surround sound with separate sounds coming out of four different speakers.

“It is much better for the sound effects,” he said.