Bob Hope USO Hosted a Private Screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi for 150 Service Members with Surprise Introduction from Director Rian Johnson on Opening Night

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LOS ANGELES–()–Bob Hope USO, an independent Southern Californian non-profit invited 150 military service members to a private screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi during opening night, along with the film’s director Rian Johnson. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was made possible through the efforts of Westfield at Los Angeles International Airports, Westfield Century City and AMC Century 15.

The special event opened in Westfield Century City’s newly renovated atrium where service members were greeted by Bob Hope USO with a red carpet experience and photo opportunities. They then were invited to a reserved theater at AMC Century 15 for a private screening, with introductory remarks by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, who attended the event.

“We are dedicated to lifting the spirits of the troops and their families,” said Bob Kurkjian, executive director of the Bob Hope USO. “It is thrilling when the community comes together like this to create such an amazing experience for our service members. We know that the troops had a great time this evening and are very grateful to Westfield at Los Angeles International Airports, Westfield Century City, AMC Century 15, and to Mr. Johnson for all that they’ve done to make this possible.”

“Thank you to the Bob Hope USO for taking such great care of all the service members who fly through LAX every day,” said Dan Hough, Westfield’s Vice President at LAX. “This was a special opportunity to partner and provide a great experience for them and their families during the holiday season.”

Bob Hope USO provides direct service to over 200,000 military members, their families and eligible military retirees in Southern California.

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Bob Hope USO provides USO services and programming to members of the military and their families across 50,000 square miles of Southern and Central California. Bob Hope USO is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating under a charter from USO, Inc., providing morale and recreational services to members of the U.S. Military. Although Congressionally chartered, Bob Hope USO is not a government agency and relies entirely on contributions from patriotic Americans and philanthropic corporations and organizations.

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Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson

Sarah is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing. Before joining Daily Telescope she worked as a staff writer at Fast Company and spent two years as a foreign correspondent in Turkey. Her work has been published in Al Jazeera America, The Nation, Vice News, Motherboard, and many other outlets.
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