If it feels like Star Wars is taking over the streets of Hollywood, it is.
The premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is tonight at the Dolby Theater, and four blocks of Hollywood Boulevard, between La Brea and Highland avenues, have been closed since Wednesday.
Even the mighty Academy Awards at the same venue closes down only one block.
A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman told us preparations for the event, amid terror fears worldwide, were standard. But LAPD Hollywood Division Sgt. Robert Ward later said, “Preparations are huge.”
Seventy cops from his division alone were assigned to the premiere, and officers from other stations also were expected to come, he said. The spokesman told us off-duty officers also would be working the event.
Hollywood Boulevard will remain closed until midnight, according to the LAPD. Hawthorne Avenue, between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue will be closed from noon to midnight, police said.
The boulevard also will be closed from 10 a.m. to midnight Tuesday and Wednesday for the premieres of Point Break and The Revanant, respectively, officials said.
Fans camped out to see The Force Awakens when it opens to the public Thursday are being forced to move today, but their places in line and belongings will be held for them until after the premiere, according to reports.
The office of Mayor Eric Garcetti said even Hizzoner would be at the big premiere tonight.
-With reporting from City News Service