Star Wars fans arriving at Vue Kirkstall were welcomed by a full orchestra playing Darth Vader’s iconic theme The Imperial March, among other tunes from the Star Wars soundtrack, to mark the villain’s return to the big screen.
An iconic figure in cinema history since 1977 and now recognised by all ages, the Sith Lord from the Star Wars saga was voted Yorkshire’s third favourite movie villain (18%) behind Hannibal Lector from The Silence of the Lambs (22%), and ahead of Voldemort from Harry Potter (12%)*.
Research also revealed that sound plays a huge part in a villain’s scare tactics. Analysing cinema’s greatest rogues, just over a third (35%) of UK adults** think that a chilling voice, such as the commanding boom generated behind Darth Vader’s mask, is the most imposing factor for audiences sat in cinemas equipped with surround sound.
One in seven Brits (16%) feel that an ominous theme tune, like the Imperial March, is crucial for adding to the fear factor. A further 19% think the art of a great movie villain is simply being clever like X-Men’s Magneto, while as many as 9% feel that being British makes an evil character memorable. British actors like Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal Lector) certainly fit the bill here.
The performance of John Williams’ score by the Phoenix Concert Band greeted cinema goers at Kirkstall on the movie’s opening night, following research that revealed the Star Wars soundtrack is recognised by 81% of the UK in just 2.8 seconds*. The venue was one of six locations across the country taking part in a special orchestral event to mark the blockbuster’s debut in cinemas on December 15.
Rob Parker, General Manager for Vue Kirkstall commented: “Customers come to Vue for truly immersive experiences, and we were thrilled to welcome ours with a live orchestra performance. We’re confident Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will amaze fans on-screen, so we’re doing our part off-screen to ensure cinema goers have a night to remember!”
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