December 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // Texas - After 46 hours of non-stop, Star Wars screenings comprised of 2 trilogies, 9 showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Star Wars Holiday Special, one Jedi arose to claim the title of The Galaxy's Ultimate Star Wars Superfan.
We are proud to announce that Austin local, Jim Braden, staked his claim on intergalactic immortality by winning Alamo Drafthouse's "Star Wars: The Marathon Awakens" contest. Hosted at Alamo Drafthouse's South Lamar theater, Jim and four fellow Jedi started their epic endurance adventure at 4:30 AM on Thursday, December 17th, watching back-to-back screenings of George Lucas' iconic franchise. With no sleep, no talking and no texting allowed, what followed was true test of sanity and Star Wars stamina.
Nearly two full days later, Jim emerged sleep deprived and victorious. When asked how he felt having watched 15 Star Wars films in rapid succession, Jim replied, "I know I'm a true, life-long Star Wars fan because I still love the series even after watching all of the movies back to back for so long." Alamo Drafthouse CEO and Founder Tim League was quick to acknowledge Jim's otherworldly accomplishment, "We salute the resolve and resilience of this brave Jedi and we look forward to hosting him at Star Wars screenings for the next seven years."
Not only does Jim possess bragging rights as the galaxy's ultimate Star Wars fan, but he receives a seven-year movie pass to Alamo Drafthouse theaters, a complete set of 2015 and 2016 Topps Star Wars Card Reader cards, and a selection of mega-rare Star Wars Mondo prints. Plus he'll have a theater seat named in his honor.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
In theaters December 18, 2015
Synopsis: Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his army of Stormtroopers.
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. 18 years later, the now 22-location chain has been named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best theater in the world" by Wired.com. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Birth.Movies.Death. an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.
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