SECOND UPDATE: Disney officially unveiled a list of theaters that will screen The Force Awakens trailer this weekend.
Phoenix, Arizona–Harkins, Tempe Marketplace
Los Angeles, California–AMC, Century City
Los Angeles, California–El Capitan
Irvine, California–Regal, Spectrum Irvine 21
San Francisco, California–AMC, Metreon 16
San Jose, California–Cinemark, Oakridge 20
San Diego, California–Regal, Mira Mesa 18
Toronto, Canada–CPX, Younge & Dundas
Vancouver, Canada–CPX, Riverport
Denver, Colorado–AMC, Westminster 24
Washington, D.C.–AMC, Tyson’s Corner 16
Miami, Florida–Carmike–Parisan 20
Atlanta, Georgia–Regal, Atlantic Station
Chicago, Illinois–Regal, City North
Boston, Massachusetts–AMC, Boston Commons 19
Detroit, Michigan–Cinemark, Showcase 20
Minneapolis, Minnesota–AMC, Southdale
Kansas City, Missouri–AMC, Studio 30
New York, New York–AMC, Lincoln Square 13
New York, New York–Regal, Union Square 14
Cleveland, Ohio–Cinemark 24
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania–Regal, Warrington 22
Nashville, Tennessee–Carmike,Thoroughbred 20
Knoxville, Tennessee–Regal, Pinnacle
Dallas, Texas–Cinemark, Plano 20
Houston, Texas–Regal, Marq*E Stadium 23
Austin, Texas–Alamo’s Lamar
Salt Lake City, Utah–Cinemark 24 WJ
Seattle, Washington–Regal, Thornton Place 14
Milwaulkee, Wisconsin–Marcus, Brookfield 16
UPDATE: More theater chains other than Regal have announced plans to screen the trailer this weekend, though have not specified which theaters. Check below for a list of chains, including AMC Theatres, that have announced their involvement in the theater roll out.
ORIGINAL STORY: It looks like the Force is waking up a bit earlier than expected.
In a post that has since been removed, Regal Cinemas revealed earlier today on its social media accounts, its website, and in a Regal Crown Club newsletter that the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will premiere in select theaters throughout the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.
Regal listed nine theaters throughout the United States where the trailer will be played before every movie showing from Nov. 28 through Nov. 30. The theater chain later removed the list from its Facebook, Twitter, and website pages.
It’s unlikely these theaters, if accurate, would be the only locations to premiere the trailer in all of America. This debut plan is similar to the one for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which included several dozen theaters throughout the country. The original trailer for the prequel film first appeared behind select movie theater screenings in November of 1998.
While Disney has not confirmed these or any other theaters to be hosting the trailer, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company did tweet out that the trailer, coming in at around 88 seconds, will be debuting in theaters this weekend.
AMC Theatres acknowledged the news as well, tweeting that information is on its way.
— AMC Theatres (@AMCTheatres) November 24, 2014
A request for comment from Disney was not immediately returned prior to publishing. EW will update this post as theaters screening the trailer are officially announced.