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Want to see a bigger, better 70mm "Rogue One"? You're in luck

Who wants to see a dinky little Star Destroyer? Photo: Lucasfilm, Inc.

Who wants to see a dinky little Star Destroyer? Photo: Lucasfilm, Inc.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is about to hit thousands of theaters nationwide Dec. 16. Maybe you’ve heard of that?

What you might not know is that a very, very few select movie houses will be presenting it in a way that will make it a transformative, life-altering event even to film geeks who are not hardcore Star Wars addicts. (Yes, they do exist.)

In a mere dozen theaters coast to coast, the proud flagship of the Disney empire will be presented in such a fashion that cinephiles will be reminded of why earlier generations fell in love with movies in the first place.

 A big-screen format that shows how immersive moving pictures can be when they’re not viewed on laptops or even on ultra high-definition or 4K home TVs. That can make you feel the shifting desert sands of Tatooine or the windy snows of desolate, icy Hoth in a new dimension of sharp, richly defined images and crisp, immersive sound.

There are just 12 U.S. theatres approved to exhibit “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in bigger, better, breathtaking 70mm celluloid film projection.  A mere handful of venues offering the sort of rare and specialized panoramic sweep that inspires diehard filmlovers to fuel up for multi-hour interstate road trips.

Including the IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo, 12000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley.  Tickets are available online at http://www.imax.com/imax-minnesota-zoo-oo .

It's happening! Broadway's 'Hamilton' is coming to Minneapolis

It’s definitely coming.

"Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster Broadway musical, will play the Orpheum Theatre in the 2018-2019 season, Hennepin Theatre Trust announced to subscribers on Friday.

Full dates, prices and ticket availability will be released at a later date.

Here's what we know so far about admission:

Tickets will be first made available to subscribers of the Hennepin Theatre Trust, which presents the Broadway touring season in Minneapolis.

Here's the catch:

"If you buy a season subscription for 2017-2018, and then renew it, you will be guaranteed 'Hamilton' tickets," said Dale Stark, media relations manager for the Hennepin Theatre Trust. "We're not saying that you have to do that. They will be on sale for the general public. But subscribers get priority."

The full 2017-2018 Broadway season will be announced Jan. 23, 2017.

"Hamilton" is Miranda's hip-hop retelling of the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, a West Indian immigrant and George Washington ally who became the nation's first treasury secretary. (His face also looks out from the $10 bill.) 

Miranda, whose earlier musical, "In the Heights," will be produced at the Ordway Center next season, also uses jazz, blues and R&B in "Hamilton," his revolutionary show that won 11 Tonys in June.

(Photo above courtesy of Joan Marcus/AP)

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