Tuesday night I received rock solid confirmation that ticket sales for The Last Jedi will begin on Monday, October 9th. If they follow the schedule they did with The Force Awakens in 2015, online ticketing will begin around 7:00pm Pacific after the trailer airs during Monday Night Football (although some ticketing sites put theirs on sale two hours earlier).
Back in 2015 one of the dumbest things I saw people do to try to debunk the spoiler of “Cameo Luke” was demand proof be posted. Random people posting anonymously on internet forums don’t quite get that posting confidential stuff in public isn’t the smartest thing to do. That’s why (right now) it isn’t smart for me to post an image of the 100% rock solid evidence I’ve seen to prove tickets are going on sale on Monday.
But I can describe it in-depth and explain why it’s legitimate.
The major theater chains have internal computer systems where bulletins from the corporate office can be relayed to the theaters around the country. Most places do, even retailers.
This week the biggest theater chains in the US posted a bulletin on their systems giving theater managers instructions on how to program showtimes for The Last Jedi as well as the important dates for the movie. These were Oct 2nd (for programming showtimes), Oct 9th (ticket sales), Dec 14th (opening night events), and the December 15th opening.
These bulletins aren’t written by Star Wars fanboys, they’re very professional from a corporate office only concerned about getting things in line for a big movie release that will cause their employees a lot of headaches in a couple of months.
That was a big thing that came up as a red flag as this being legitimate and not someone just faking an internal company bulletin. The language used was that of a corporate office using terms that an average hoaxer on the internet wouldn’t know. There was one thing in particular, which is unique to one of the theater chains, and is something not even the average concession stand worker would know about. That being there was a big seal on the legitimacy of the information.
Then IMAX happened.
It appears as if IMAX is testing their website for traffic in preparation for ticket sales to go online. In addition to now displaying showtimes for one IMAX theater near San Diego, CA, the site now lists The Last Jedi as offering Advance Tickets. On the IMAX site if a movie doesn’t offer Advance Tickets the wording just says “More Info”, but The Last Jedi has now been changed from “More Info” to “Advance Tickets”.
With what is going on with the official IMAX site and the other evidence I’ve seen this week, I’m very confident we’ll be buying our tickets for The Last Jedi sometime Monday evening.