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Hollywood Ready for World Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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    NEWSLETTERS

    "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015)

    A half-mile section of Hollywood Boulevard has been closed to traffic and a giant opaque tent now lines four blocks of the famous thoroughfare. Fan bleachers are up and spotlights are everywhere.

    Could the Academy Awards be coming early to Hollywood? No, bigger: On Monday evening, three theaters will roll out red carpets for the world premiere of the hugely anticipated "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

    Many of Hollywod's top stars will join hundreds of costumed fans at what could be the largest Hollywood premiere ever. One of the participating theaters — the iconic TCL Chinese — hosted the premier of the original "Star Wars" in 1977.

    Los Angeles Police say extra vehicle patrols and more officers on foot are being assigned to the area.

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    "The Force Awakens" opens Friday.