It seems that everyone went out of their way to avoid Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers. Web traffic has dropped, and analysts believe it is, in part, due to Star Wars fans trying to avoid being spoiled. A Google Chrome app was created to block spoilers. Even the producers refused to put the film up for any award nominations just to avoid releasing any sampler films in advance of the movie's theatrical debut. A great many people were successful in seeing the film without knowing any critical plot points. A group of moviegoers in Los Angeles were not so lucky.
The Arclight theatre in Los Angeles, California, like most other theatres across the country, offered a midnight showing of the 3D version. Eager Star Wars fans, many of whom had been able to escape spoilers up until this point, filled the theatre. Unfortunately, there was a projector error, and the film skipped through most of the movie, landing on a pivotal plot point, ultimately spoiling the ending for moviegoers.
The crowd went nuts, and not in the way J.J. Abrams had intended. Many Star Wars fans rose from their seats and began shouting at the screen. One fan in particular seemed to be channeling Darth Vader and screamed "NOOOO" repeatedly at the projectionist. University of California student Erik Melendez recorded some of the audience reaction in a spoiler-free clip and posted it online.https://www.facebook.com/erik.melendez.393/videos/1062473947126262/
Melendez captioned the clip by saying:
Projector at Star Wars midnight 3D show at the Arclight ruined, stopped, then started again towards the end of the movie. The movie was spoiled and everyone in the theatre went crazy.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theatres now, and features the return of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill to the popular franchise.