Fans arriving at The Lowry’s Vue got a rather unexpected surprise yesterday as they were greeted by a live orchestra in honour of Darth Vader!
Playing the Sith Lord’s iconic The Imperial March, among other tunes from the movie soundtrack, the performance of John Williams’ score by the Xaverian College Orchestra marked the villain’s big return to the screen.
The Lowry was one of 6 locations across the UK taking part in the special musical event to mark the blockbuster’s debut in cinemas on December 15.
An iconic figure in cinema history, Darth Vader was voted the North West’s 3rd favourite movie villain behind The Silence Of The Lambs’ Hannibal Lector (25%), and The Joker from Batman (19%.)
Research has revealed that sound actually plays a massive part in a villain’s scaremongering tactics. In fact, a hefty third (35%) of UK adults believe that a chilling voice, such as the creepy boom generated behind Darth Vader’s mask, is the most imposing factor for audiences sat in cinemas – especially equipped with surround sound, with one in seven Brits (16%) suggesting that an ominous theme tune is imperative for adding to the ‘fear factor.’
Dan Jackson, General Manager for Vue Westfield London has said:
“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!”
You can grab your tickets here.