AMC Theaters to Offer Podracer 3D Glasses and Fighter Pod for Upcoming STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D Release

     January 23, 2012

As the 3D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace looms closer, Lucasfilm is pulling out all the stops to ensure that fans burned by their first Episode I viewing experience will happily fork over more money to see the movie again. It’s already known that Episodes IV, V, and VI won’t be re-released in 3D unless Episodes I, II, and III are successful, and now they’re throwing Star Wars 3D glasses at us. AMC Theaters announced today that during opening weekend, fans will received an all-new Hasbro Star Wars Fighter Pod with the purchase of each 3D ticket, while supplies last.

Furthermore, 10 AMC theaters across the country will be hosting event screenings at which fans will receive exclusive Anakin Skywalker Podracer 3D glasses with each ticket purchase. These 10 theaters will also play host to a LEGO feature area, Darth Maul face-painting (at last!), and more. Hit the jump to find out which theaters will be holding the event screenings. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace opens in 3D February 10th.

star-wars-podracer-3d-glasses-image-1Here’s the full press release, which includes the locations of the event screenings:

The first chapter of the Star Wars Saga arrives in theatres for the first time ever in 3D starting February 10, and AMC theatres across the country are celebrating the occasion with plans to make opening weekend one for fans and families to remember!

To mark the return of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace to theatres, now in immersive 3D, kids, collectors and Star Wars fans of all ages will receive an all-new Hasbro Star Wars Fighter Pod with the purchase of each RealD 3D ticket for Episode I, all weekend long, February 10-12 only at AMC theatres (limit one per ticket, while supplies last).

Additionally, 10 AMC theatres in the United States will host exclusive event screenings in RealD 3D to bring the fun of Star Wars in 3D to life for families and fans. Starting Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. local time, select theatres will offer activities, giveaways, and interactive experiences. Fans can expect (while supplies last):

* Exclusive Anakin Skywalker Podracer 3D glasses with ticket purchase, to truly get into the speed and spectacle of 3D Star Wars on the big screen.

* A Hasbro Star Wars FIGHTER PODS collectible toy with RealD 3D ticket purchase

* A LEGO(r) feature area

* Darth Maul face-painting; a chance to reveal your inner Sith Lord at long last!

* Special character appearances for photo opportunities

* Demonstrations of the upcoming Xbox Kinect(tm) Star Wars(tm)

The 10 participating Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace exclusive event screening theatres are:

Atlanta: AMC Southlake 24; Boston: AMC Loews Liberty Tree Mall 20; Chicago: AMC South Barrington 30; Denver: AMC Highlands Ranch 24; Los Angeles: AMC Tustin 14 at The District; AMC Ontario Mills 30; New York: AMC Empire 25; AMC Garden State 16; Phoenix: AMC Mesa Grand 24; San Francisco: AMC Emeryville Bay Street 16


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  • Brandon

    >They’ve already announced that Episodes IV, V, and VI won’t be re-released in 3D unless Episodes I, II, and III are successful.

    Wow, threatening the fans! Good job, George!

    • Ed Teach

      I would totally see episodes 4 5 & 6 in 3D and on the big screen. I am not bothered too much about seeing the prequels, though I still may for the spectacle of it. A pod race and Maul fight in 3D sounds enticing. Attack of the clones, nope! Sith maybe!

      The OT is Star Wars, the prequels are a spin off. So the threat of that seems silly because its STAR WARS we wanna see.

      I would love to find out Lucas favorite ever movie, ie, Seven Samurai and add bad cgi robots and silly dubbed dialogue. Show it to him, and say this is how we feel about Star Wars.

      (I do LOVE the Clone Wars toons though Theyve gotten epic.) They need to redo the prequels as Clone wars episodes.

  • charlie

    my buddy’s sister-in-law makes $81 hourly on the computer. She hasbeen fired for 9 monthsbut last month her check was $9032 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more on this site…

    • Caleb The Awesome

      I thought I told you not to tell me what to do.

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  • Dan Geer

    To bad there’s not an AMC near me!

  • JLC

    I really hated Phantom Menace when it came out. But after seeing Clones and Sith, I actually think Phantom Menace is the strongest of the three. Had they made Anakin a couple of years older, toned down Jar Jar, ditched the midichlorians and let Darth Maul escape, they would have had a solid basis to go forward. I still don’t like the movie very much, but in light of what followed, I don’t despise it as much as I used to.

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  • roberts tony

    when is it coming to central florida

  • K-Star

    That is the emptiest threat imaginable. Nobody benefits more from the windfall of releasing the original trilogy on 3D than George Lucas. If he wants to deprive himself of that he can feel free; I’m not going to sit through those three crapfests.

  • Northern Star

    Luca$ is probably re-releasing the ‘Star Wars’ prequels in 3-D so he can recoup the losses he’ll make on ‘Red Tails’ ($58m budget + advertising + prints= $100m approx. – do you think ‘Red Tails’ will make anywhere near that?), there’s absolutely NO WAY I’ll grace the ‘Episode I’ 3-D release with my moolah unless Luca$ releases the OT’s theatrical versions in remastered anamorphic widescreen DVD and Bluray…

    • STAR FAN 99

      @ Northern Star, first off Gay name! then WOW it must feel so good to be you.

      George Lucas….somebody.

      Northern Star…..who? (some asswipe on a blog)

  • STAR FAN 99

    Hey if you Hate Episode 1 then WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU POSTING ABOUT IT??????
    O’hey because it’s Star Wars and it get’s hit’s for your site! (and lets be real you need it) TPM rocks and you know it.

    bitch bitch bitch.


    • Northern Star

      Hi Mr Lucas, how’s it going in Marin County…?

      • Jar Jar Binks lol

        DID YOU KNOW… that Jar Jar holds the same role as c3p0 had in OT which was a window for the kids to view and relate to the films. Many adults at the time of the OT release could not stand that character either yet was favored by the younger ones.

        I am just saying…

        And seriously if you do not like the movies quit talking about them and let those who do, enjoy them without having to hear about how terrible the fanboys have claimed them to be. I love the movies (all 6 of them) and I am a little bummed that the bitchy fanboy trolls have tried to speak as if they are the primary voice for those who like the Star Wars series.

        Whats even more annoying is that alot of these trolls will be re-watching this movie in 3d when it is released

        I guarantee the movie will be successful and I hope George Lucas realizes that just because these trolls are louder does not mean that everyone agrees with them.

        I also hope he decides to expand the Star Wars series despite the trolls who do not matter anyways. We want more Star Wars George we really do!!!!

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  • Look3D

    Hey Adam,

    Just incase your readers are interested, Look3D Eyewear is the company that has produced the Star Wars Poracer 3D Glasses with LucasFilm.
    The glasses will be at participating cinemas around the world and you can check them out at their facebook page but also they are selling them directly from their website.


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