'Last Jedi' Screening Glitch Starts Near-Riot in Burbank

By Sharon Knolle, Posted December 15th, 2017

After waiting months to finally see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," fans were beyond pissed when the sound went out at a screening in Burbank, California. They stormed into the lobby, demanding that the theater restart the movie. They were not happy when told the theater wouldn't do that. Ultimately, the police had to be called in. [Update 11:41 am]: A representative for IMAX informed Moviefone that the incident did not take place at an IMAX showing of the film, as was reported by several outlets. Fans captured some of the mayhem on their phones. Their language is, understandably, NSFW.

@KTLAMorningNews https://t.co/VZnSc8G3Hg This is a link of a YouTube video taken at AMC Burbank 16 for a screening of The Last Jedi, and a near riot occurred due to audio failure in the movie. The manager threatened everyone to leave, then they called Burbank PD. — roflcheif (@roflcheif) December 15, 2017
Wow @AMCTheatres your #Burbank 16 location RUINED the Star Wars screening for 9:45. Terrible manager over an hour hasn't restarted the film! — Carolina Bonetti (@carolinabonetti) December 15, 2017
Burbank 16- first 10 minutes of Jedi without dialog. They refused to restart the movie because it would throw off the schedule for the theater. Why not skip the 20 minutes of previews for the next screening then? Ruined it. Big let down. Almost started a riot. #yousuckamc — Audrey Arrecis (@AudreyArrecis) December 15, 2017
@AMCTheatres we are all here at amc Burbank 16 starwars amc prime Dolby the 1st 10 minutes of the movie starts and no sound it is mob scene — jason arrecis (@jason_extreme) December 15, 2017
On a more humorous note, one fan tweeted that at least some of the cops received some "Star Wars" pointers from the angry crowd.
Last Jedi update: Two angry nerds are explaining three-act structure to a Burbank cop while demanding a double refund. — Sean Keane (@seankeane) December 15, 2017
CBS reports that Burbank police were called to the theater at about 10:21 p.m. to disperse "an unruly crowd." None of the options the theater offered -- refunds, being moved to a different screening, or to return Friday for another screening -- were what ticked-off moviegoers wanted to hear.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
PG-13 December 15th, 2017

Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy. Read More

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