Due to some strange electronic malfunction, tonight's 10 p.m. show at the Ziegfeld was cancelled. Right after Anakin and Obi Wan had their argument over the mandate to protect Padme, the side emergency floodlights went on in the theater. Then the sound stopped, and the projector went dead. I went to the lobby to find out what was happening, and the scene wasn't pretty. The lights in the lobby were flickering, and there was a faint smell of something burning. It was obvious that this was something far more serious than a computer glitch. Monique the manager did not have the situation under control; she was yelling at the concession stand people to give passes to future screenings and trying to track down the projectionist. In the meantime, people were still sitting in the auditorium, and had the Ziegfeld been on fire, nobody would have known the difference. After about five minutes, somebody came in to the auditorium with a flashlight and announced that the box office was closed, so people would have to take a pass or come back to the b.o. Saturday for a refund. Customers had to exit down the stairs in semi-darkness (as nobody thought to be stationed on the stairs to usher people out) As it stood when I left the theater, nobody had any information as to what was causing the electrical difficulties, and it was questionable as to whether things would be working in time for Saturday's screenings. Of course, this would have to be the night where I'd schedule an impromptu trip to the Zieg with two friends who are huge "Star Wars" fans but had been out of town and unable to catch a digital screening elsewhere (and had never been to the Ziegfeld before). They were impressed with everything until the problems started. That's what I get for not telling the usual suspects to show up for another Zieg screening! Far better for this to happen five weeks into its run, though, than on opening night. Could you imagine that scene? And, for what it's worth, they had not changed the trailers.