ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Ready are you, China, for “Star Wars”?
For the first time ever, China will be screening all six “Star Wars” movies. The screenings will take place at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival from June 13 to June 21.
“The 18th SIFF Organization Committee and Walt Disney Pictures jointly announced that all six series of Star Wars, Hollywood classic sci-fi masterpiece, will be shown during this Shanghai International Film Festival,” SIFF said in a statement. “Star Wars is awarded as the greatest sci-fi masterpiece in film history. Movie fans in China will be able to enjoy in cinema then. Before the release of the new episode Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the end of this year, audiences will witness the interspace epic created by the legendary director, George Lucas.”
“The Force Awakens” — directed by J.J. Abrams — will be released in North American theaters on Dec. 18.
This announcement comes as Disney opens its first store in China, calling its new Shanghai location the largest Disney Store in the world.
The company said the store is 9,257 square feet in size and has an outdoor plaza. It characters and products from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar along with a music and projection show, a Mickey Mouse-shaped roof, and sculpted hot air balloons.
The company said the Lujiazui area, where the store is based, is visited by about 40 million tourists every year.
At the end of its last fiscal year, The Walt Disney Co. says there were 210 Disney Stores in North America, with 73 locations in Europe and 45 in Japan. The company’s Shanghai Disney theme park is expected to open in 2016.
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