As the country tries to reopen, movie theaters are bringing back classic films to entice us to go out again. There were rumors about The Empire Strikes Back hitting European theaters for the last month. But today Regal has confirmed their July 10th opening and The Empire Strikes Back is in their lineup of films we will be able to go see in the United States.
I really like the idea of classic films being released in theaters in general. When it is safe for families, I’m all for this obviously. Who doesn’t want to see Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and other classic films again? You can read about Regal’s safety policies here.
I personally feel this is putting a little bit of Crait’s salt in the wound. I want to go out. I live in the Los Angeles area where as of this writing 1: 118 people are infected right now. It really sucks to think my kids and I will be at home while Empire is playing the theater down the street. I really want to go. But I am not willing to risk the lives of my family or anyone else who we may get sick if we should contract Covid-19. I realize infection rates are regional but for me this doesn’t work.
We obviously live in a world were Star Wars: Celebration is canceled but Disneyland is opening back up. Celebration was going to take place right up against Disneyland’s property. There’s a lot of contradictions going on at the moment. Make sure you’re putting your family’s safety first. For those who can safely catch Empire in theaters next month, that’s awesome. I’m jealous. But for now, I’m going to just watch it in 4K on Disney+ with the kids because it should be fun and most of all it should be safe.
For those of you who are willing to risk it or seem to have less risk, just wear those masks, carry sanitizer and keep your distance. Also, keep your mask above your nose or what’s the point?!
It isn’t clear if Empire will open on the 10th or if it will be apart of the July rollout of films in general.
In other Empire news:
StarWars.com has announced From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, a new anthology celebrating 40 years of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back will feature 40 stories by 40 authors reimagining the classic sequel through the eyes of background characters — heroes, villains, droids, and creatures.
If Empire isn’t in the cards for you, at least something Empire related is coming down the line. Stay safe and have fun! If you have to miss this release, is this the end? “No, there is another.” You can bet on it.