"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" tickets are going to be a hot commodity Monday night, so hot that some theaters might accidentally .
CNET found that the Showcase Cinemas mobile app, available on iOS and Android, briefly allowed for ticket purchases Monday for the movie --. We got a tip about the app working, then independently verified it for ourselves on both iOS and Android. However, as of 12:15 p.m. PT, the app appears to have suspended ticket sales.
Before that shutdown, anyone hoping to grab a ticket could do so by downloading the app, picking a theater, scrolling to one of the December dates following the movie's debut, then selecting a showtime and making a purchase. Showcase Cinemas locations are mainly located on the east coast of the US, so this early release was far from a major nationwide hiccup.
Showcase and its parent company, National Amusements, told CNET that they are looking into the issue. (Disclosure: CBS, which owns CNET, happens to to have National Amusements as its parent company.)
Those that made the deadline should still watch their email boxes: It's possible that tickets purchased early will not actually be honored, since the on-sale time is supposed to coincide with the new trailer's release during Monday Night Football in the US. That game is airing on ESPN, starting off at 5:15 p.m. PT (8:15 p.m. ET).
First published Oct. 9, 11:19 a.m. PT.
Update 12:15 p.m.: Adds that ticket purchases appear to have shut down.
Update 1:03 p.m.: Adds comment from Showcase Cinema.