A special screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” went into a deep sleep Thursday night at a Deer Park movie complex.
A projection malfunction stopped the movie somewhere in the middle of the 7:10 p.m. showing at the Regal Deer Park Stadium complex on Commack Road, according to posts on social media.
The movie never resumed. But many of the patrons came away with free tickets to another showing, while others were able to get into later showings in the cinema complex.
Most of the patrons seemed to be understanding, and some Facebook posts praised the cinema staff and the sponsor of the showing, Fourth World Comics in Smithtown.
Will Allen of Centereach said in a Facebook post that he was disappointed but got two passes “good at any Regal theater.” Then one of the managers got him and about seven other patrons into the 9 p.m. show, which was about 40 minutes in, he said.
“Sure we had to sit and watch a little more of what we had already seen, but its [SIC] like we got 2 free movies passes and got to see the new Star Wars 1 & 3/4 time.[SIC]”
Joe Herb of Holtsville wrote on Facebook that he got two readmission tickets and then went to see the movie at the Regal complex in Ronkonkoma.
Fourth World Comics, which sold tickets to the showing that included a raffle, also apologized on its Facebook page.
“Because we couldn’t get to the raffles before the movie started, we will pick them first thing [Friday] morning and will call the winners by the afternoon,” the store posted.