Star Wars crowd goes 'crazy' when theatre glitch skips movie ahead

Audiences have been going nuts for the new Star Wars film — but one Hollywood crowd upped that hysteria, screaming and freaking out when glitches with the movie theatre's projector caused the movie to skip ahead.

Cellphone video capturing the audience's screams and hollers goes viral

Star Wars audience 'crazy' when film skips ahead

7 years ago
Duration 0:21
The audience at a Hollywood midnight screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens freaked out when the theatre accidently skipped the film ahead after some technical difficulties with the film projector.

Audiences have been going nuts for the new Star Wars film — but one Hollywood crowd upped that hysteria for another reason, screaming and freaking out when glitches with the movie theatre's projector skipped the movie ahead.

The technical troubles happened during a midnight screening of The Force Awakens at the ArcLight multiplex in Hollywood early Friday morning.

Erik Melendez, 20, who was in the audience, told CBC News that shortly after the screening started, it became plagued with issues involving the film's 3D effects. He said the theatre stopped the movie to fix this.

"They promised to rewind it about five minutes. When it finally came back on, it came back about 15 minutes ahead. Because we had obviously never seen the movie before, everyone in the theater believed it to be a spoiler," he wrote to CBC News on Sunday.

Erik Melendez and his cousin, Andy Pacheco, attended a midnight screening of the new Star Wars movie early Friday morning in Hollywood. The screening was plagued with technical issues that angered the audience. (Submitted by Andy Pacheco)

"The audience went crazy. Everyone started yelling, throwing popcorn, running out of the theatre with their ears covered ... people were turning around flipping off the people working the projector and running out of the theatre sprinting."

Melendez said luckily the scene it skipped to was not a spoiler "per se," despite his initial worries.

Capturing the commotion

He captured part of the crowd's commotion on his cellphone and posted it online, where it has now gone viral. It is laden with audience members yelling "No, no, no!" over and over.

Melendez's cousin, Andy Pacheco, was also in the audience and posted a longer video of the crowd reaction to YouTube that has been watched almost 100,000 times.

In Pacheco's video, audience members can be heard yelling at the theatre's projectionists, trying to instruct them to rewind the movie even farther.

"They don't want us to watch Star Wars. They turned it off," one crowd member can be heard saying.

Melendez says the theatre was apologetic, providing a full refund and vouchers to return to a future screening. He says he wants to go again in order to catch the "little details that connect back to the previous films."

He says his experience going viral has been fun.

"I just wanted to watch my favourite movie, the night took a funny turn and all of a sudden I wake up to the world wanting to use my video."


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?