Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives in theatres this weekend and we are more than ready for it! The new Star Wars spinoff tells the previously-unknown story of Han Solo’s origins, how he met Chewbacca, and how he managed to win the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). It looks from the trailers to be a fun, heist-driven spin on the franchise that should be a blast to watch on the big screen!
If you’re a true Star Wars fan, no doubt you’ve bought your advance tickets already and have firm plans to see Solo in theatres this weekend! If you haven’t, it’s not too late to grab tix – and there’s a very particular reason why you’ll want to. In 16 select Cineplex theatres this Friday and Saturday evening from about 5pm local time, you’ll see Imperial Stormtroopers in the theatre doing what they do best – looking menacing, marching, moving people along. That ought to keep the concessions lines moving briskly!
But don’t worry, Cineplex hasn’t knuckled under to the Emperor’s rule. It’s just members of the 501st Legion, Canadian Garrison - a nation-wide costuming organization made up of super-fans who dress up in full authentic-looking costumes and on-set-worthy gear. The group makes appearances in costume as members of the Empire’s forces at community events, to support charitable causes, and generally celebrate all things Star Wars, including its fans. They stay strictly in character at all times, but if you want snap a selfie go ahead! Just know that after you’ve posted your gram-worthy pic, you’ll likely be told to “move along”.
The Stormtroopers will be at the below listed Cineplex theatres during the following times:
Friday May 25 from approximately 5PM – 9PM
Saturday May 26 from approximately 5PM – 9PM
Cineplex Cinemas Queensway & VIP, Toronto
Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan, Vaughan
Galaxy Cinemas, Brantford
Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Cinemas, Windsor
SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas, Sudbury
Cineplex Odeon Westmount Cinemas and VIP, London Ontario
Cineplex Cinemas Lansdowne and VIP, Ottawa Ontario
Cineplex Cinemas Marine Gateway and VIP, Vancouver
SilverCity Victoria Cinemas, Victoria
Scotiabank Theatre Chinook, Calgary
SilverCity CrossIron Mills Cinemas, Calgary
Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton, Edmonton
Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg (Polo Park), Winnipeg
Scotiabank Theatre Saskatoon and VIP, Saskatoon
Cineplex Cinemas Normanview (Formerly Cineplex Cinemas Regina), Regina
If you’re a supporter of the Rebel Alliance then keep it under wraps this weekend and head to a Cineplex theatre for Solo: A Star Wars Story! For a small taste of what's in store, check out the video below.