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This is what happens when the projector breaks during a Star Wars screening

Technically Incorrect: It didn't go perfectly for some Star Wars fans on opening night. In LA, there were howls of despair.

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The projector did what?


It was like hundreds of Chewbaccas howling in unison.

This was despair beyond imagination. This was a pain so primal that no force could assuage it.

Here were the excited faithful gathered to watch "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on Thursday night. Then the projector broke.

As CBS Los Angeles reports it, the 3D screening at the Arclight movie theater in Hollywood wasn't disrupted once, but three times. After the first snafu, the movie apparently restarted further on in the story.

But it was the videos shot by the disgruntled that revealed the complete anguish. One, posted to Facebook by Erik Melendez, shows moviegoers ululating as if this was beyond contemplation.

I can imagine that it was. So many Star Wars fans have the emotional commitment of religious zealots that to have this most important night mangled was surely too much to bear.

"I even saw people run straight out of the theater on the floor just screaming 'No!' They just didn't want to see it at all," Melendez told CBS. It seems that the screen suddenly began projecting the ending when people hadn't seen half the movie.

What actually happened? Arclight didn't immediately respond to my request for comment. However, the theater reportedly gave people their money back, together with a voucher.

One moviegoer, Kristin Nepi, told CBS: "You really can't get that first-time experience watching a Star Wars film. You can't get that back."

Indeed, they'll just have to live with it.

Still, Star Wars movies are much more communal experiences than they are great movies.

At least these moviegoers will have something extraordinary they can share when others are all saying the very same things about how wonderful, transformative and, well, pleasantly mundane the movie actually was.

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Posted by Erik Melendez on Friday, December 18, 2015