The day that Star Wars fans have been waiting for is…still more than a year away. But director J.J. Abrams will poke a big hole in his mystery box on Friday 28 when the 88-second teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens debuts in theaters. While the trailers for most movies these days pop up on the Internet without much advance notice, Star Wars isn't most movies, and every dribble from its marketing campaign is likely to be seen as an event on par with the release of a blockbuster feature. So, in an admittedly nice throwback to a time when movie theaters were still allowed to be communal places of discovery, people will experience their first glimpse at The Force Awakens the same way they did The Phantom Menace back in 1998: by going to the multiplex, buying a ticket to whatever is playing, and leaving en masse after the previews.
However, only 30 theaters in the country will be playing the trailer, so don't buy tickets to that 10am screening of Horrible Bosses 2 before double-checking that you're going to the right place. In fact, since the trailer will play before every movie at the chosen theaters, don't buy tickets to that 10am screening of Horrible Bosses 2 at all (our review explains why)—find the indiest indie you can and make a generous donation (and, if you're feeling really crazy, why not stick around and watch the movie? Here's a handy list of the best films now playing).
In NYC, the trailer will screen before all features at Regal Union Square Stadium 14 (where your first crack at it will be before the 10am screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1) and AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 (where a number of shows are starting at 9:30am).
For a complete list of all 30 theaters that have been selected to screen the trailer, visit StarWars.com.
For those of you who would rather spend your Thanksgiving Friday relaxing at home, here's the first trailer for Jurassic World, now online for your viewing pleasure. It's still not entirely clear how the original theme park ever got re-insured after that whole debacle in 1993, but greed always finds a way.