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Hardcore Fans Start Lining Up for the new Star Wars film Showing on Thursday

by Prince Of Petworth December 11, 2015 at 3:10 pm 48 Comments

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A reader reported just around 12:15pm:

“Just thought you might want to know, looks like people are already camping out in front of the Uptown.”

I couldn’t believe it but I remember when the Star Wars film came out in 1999 and I was living a few blocks away from the Uptown at that time and one night I came stumbling walking home around 3am and there was this massive line outside my building. The building was a full two blocks away from the Theatre mind you and I was like “what the shit is this?”. And then because I was young and a total jerk I charged somebody waiting in line $20 to use my bathroom. I’ve been wracked with guilt over that ever since. I feel better now, thank you. Anyway I digress.

And so the circle of Star Wars films continues:


But I gotta respect David Casterline from Fairfax, VA – he brought a barcalounger and he got it for free off craigslist! Well done – and you picked the right weather for it!


  • Autoexec.bat

    I can’t even.

  • stano

    I’ve never understood the logistics of this. Do they not have jobs or do they just blow their leave on this? Families? School obligations? Do they go home for storms or extreme weather?

    I’m genuinely confused, not trying to be snarky.

    • llinds

      Also curious about the logistics of this and not trying to be cynical.

      • bll

        I think the sleeping part is what confuses me most. especially considering this guy is on his ipad or something…what do you do with that stuff?

    • DRC

      I imagine if you are that fanatical about Star Wars to get in line a week before opening, you probably had the time to save up some leave in order to facilitate that line-sitting time. And don’t have a wife or kids to worry about… Plus, this is the land of the govt worker we’re talking about here. Half my base is empty right now because everyone has more than 240 hours of leave, so they are forced to burn a few weeks at the end of the year.

      • Anon

        Use or lose baby!

      • Janet

        I’m a creep and looked him up. He’s a photographer. :) Kinda surprised he’s not swamped with work this time of year.

    • The OP Anon

      It looks like there’s a group of them taking shifts – one chair for each person on the team. Some folks have AWS on a Friday or Monday, so no need to take leave there. I’m sure they’ve figured out a way to divvy up the responsibilities. That said, it’s supposed to rain like crazy all day on Monday. Miserable.

      • Jealous

        God, I would kill for AWS, and these folks are just blowing It on nonsense like this.

        • Yeah what a jerk. We all know volunteering at a soup kitchen is the only acceptable way to use your AWS.

    • wdc

      So it’s not the same thing, but I was between jobs during a humanitarian crisis once. If I had been employed, I would not have been able to travel and volunteer. But I wasn’t working, so I took the chance to do a thing I wouldn’t normally do. Maybe this is the same deal, where the stars align to do something out of the ordinary.

  • I don’t think “respect” is the word I’d use to describe this person.

  • SW

    Now that’s dedication. I might stop by and bring this guy a sandwich this weekend.

  • Brooklyn Brawler

    In my Donald Trump voice—-“he’s a loser.” J/K sort of

  • anonymous

    or just go to a theatre with assigned seats…

    • Where?

      Where is that theatre?

  • Logan

    I hope the movie sucks, just to spite people like this.

    • wdc

      That’s mean even by internet standards.

    • Why do you care what he does?

  • Philippe Lecheval

    I’m a little disappointed that Star Wars will preclude Quentin Tarantino’s new film from showing at the Uptown. Filmed in an old ultrawide-screen format on 70mm film stock, it would’ve been perfect for that massive screen.

    • shmoo

      yea., i too am upset I cant see a hack director rehash old movies because another movie that rehashes an older movie is playing there instead!

      • 8stringfan

        Hack directors? Tarantino is widely considered one of the most important directors of the last fifty years, and Abrams is among the most gifted directors of his generation.

        • anon

          this PP must be someone who rec’s every ‘Props to Cops’ post on PoP

          Tarantino > Abrams, and not even close

        • shmoo

          Qt hasn’t made a worthwhile/important movie since Jackie brown. The rest since then have been entertainment and nothing more.

          • dcd

            Movies as entertainment? That’s ridiculous. Who’d have ever done something as crazy as that?

      • jd

        “shmoo” gets it. Could not agree more.

  • JS

    I really can’t believe the hate this guy is getting. We all have our weird hobbies and neuroses, but because this guy’s is different than yours, you want to spite him and make him miserable? I hope he has good weather and the movie’s awesome.

    • SW


    • 8stringfan

      Agreed. Funny thing. I actually bought a dartboard off of him today. We’d actually arranged the purchase on Craigslist a few days before. David was a nice guy. He and the guys he is doing this thing with like what they like and are making a little adventure out of it. Odds are it will be awkward at times but they’re probably going to have a lot of fun doing this thing. It will no doubt be a crazy story to tell for the rest of their lives. Hopefully they stay warm, safe, and enjoy the hell out of the movie.

    • +1, partly because I live in this city and good weather affects all of us, and I plan to spend some of my own money watching it too. He’s not on an island of enjoyment people.

  • MtP

    I don’t hate this guy or even judge him for doing this, but I just don’t understand it. They sold tickets for the shows online, so what is the reason to be first and get there so so so far in advance? As long as you’re in the first 50 or 100 people, you will still get a prime seat. Seems like he could have waited until at least Monday or Tuesday, if not later.

    • We went by last night for dinner and a film crew was there interviewing one of the guys (this guy was gone, his shift must have ended). Maybe they also enjoy the free publicity? As one person said this guy is a photographer, so if it gets people to Google his name and they like his work that’s rarely a bad thing.

      • MtP

        I’m all for a good adventure, and I guess if that is why he’s doing it, then good for him!

    • dcd

      Yeah, I agree with this. I think it’s kinda sillyto waste this much time to see something that you will literally be able to view forever, but hey, if he’s got the time and desire, more power to him. He’d probably think my dinner at the French Laundry was a ridiculous waste of money. To each his own.

  • sproc

    The Triumph The Insult Comic Dog bit where he visited a line for Attack of the Clones is to this day, one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. The entire video is still up on YouTube.

    • anon

      yes — more entertaining than all the Star Wars films combined

      just the interview with the expectant mother alone priceless

  • textdoc

    Wait… this is for Thursday OF NEXT WEEK?

  • thor

    when are the tickets available online? What happens if by the time your turn comes the tickets are sold out for that day?

    • anon

      Tickets went on sale over a month ago.

    • stano

      This group must have their tickets already and are angling for a good seat. I agree with the above, though, that there’s enough good seats to not go to this extreme, particularly at Uptown.

  • textdoc

    I hope that guy is prepared to dispose of the Barcalounger properly after it becomes rain-sodden, and isn’t just going to abandon it on the sidewalk for it to become DPW’s problem.

  • Caroline

    Well… it does sound marginally more enjoyable than being in Fairfax…

    • textdoc


  • NW_Sammy

    Ballston/Courthouse AMC…book your seat online weeks ahead AND they recline. Why wait outside for 6 days. Weird.

    • anon

      Then he’d have to go to VA. Why would he want to go there?

      • Timebomb

        According to the post, he lives there.

  • jd

    The guy is just having fun. Good for him and to his credit – Uptown is a great choice and the weather is amazing (for December). Live your life dude!

  • jaybird

    He’s gonna look a lot less cheery by Wednesday.


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