Fun facts and The Force at The Rose Theatre

Space Bears.

That was the secret code name on the package when “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was mailed to The Rose Theatre in Port Townsend. Tactics like these are used to prevent mail theft of hit movies. Who knew?

The Rose, a former vaudeville house opened in 1907,  is super intimate and prior to the previews rolling a theater member comes out to share some fun facts about the film.

For instance, did you know that Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Holdo) didn’t tell anyone she had a part in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi?” She told people she was doing an Indie film in Canada and even went as far as bringing her parents maple syrup.

Seeing the film a year and a day after Carrie Fisher’s death, another fact shared,  was a little sobering, remembering we lost a strong sister who also fought some dark forces of her own. Perhaps this is why this Star Wars movie was an emotional one for me. I’ve somewhat idolized Leia (General Organa) and the actress who played her, and I’m not sure why, but I teared up when Vice Admiral Holdo told General Organa “May the Force be with you.” Perhaps it’s the weather, or maybe I have some dark battles of my own.

In spite of all this, I did enjoy our time at The Rose and I’m looking forward to some future films such as “The Darkest Hour” and “Young Marx.”

Once again, a quick field trip to Port Townsend is proving a good getaway off the island.

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