As you’re well aware, new releases typically begin screening the night before their official release date — usually anywhere from 9PM to midnight. The same goes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while we still aren’t 100 percent certain when tickets will begin going on sale, we do know that at least some theaters will start screening the film at 7PM the night before the official December 18 release date.

Slashfilm received a tip that at least one IMAX theater (the Esquire in Sacramento, California) will begin showing The Force Awakens at 7PM the night before its official release. It’s unclear just how many theaters will screen the film this early, but given that it’s a huge event film with family appeal, 7PM is a reasonable assumption for most theaters.

As we reported this week, a new rumor suggests that pre-sale tickets will be made available in October, and while that information has yet to be confirmed, it seems unlikely that Disney would make the tickets available that early. In the past, tickets went on sale for Episode I: The Phantom Menace a week before the film hit theaters — October is just too early, but we could be wrong.

In the meantime, whether you see the film at 7PM or 10PM or midnight the night before, you can put December 17 down as the official first day you’ll be able to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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