I went to see it on opening night in Edgewater, NJ. They were running two film-based shows and one DLP. After waiting in line for two hours to see the 12:02 digital showing, my friend and I (along with about 150 more seriously pissed off patrons) were treated to 90 minutes of slide-show ads while the moron in the projection room tried unsuccessfully to start the movie. At 1:30 in the morning, we were told that they would run a special showing at 2:45 in the standard theater on film, but the digital presentation would not be shown that night. When the angry mob of Star Wars geeks gathered out in the lobby, they started handing out 2 free passes for every ticket stub, along with refunding everyone's food money. All I bought was a bottle of water, so I grabbed an empty bag of popcorn and large nacho tray that I found on the floor, walked up to the counter with it, and got $12. I don't feel the least bit bad about it either.
Being the dorks that we are, we stayed for the 2:45 show--as did most of the other people. We were tired as hell, which hurt the experience a bit, but at least we got to see the movie on opening night. When the big battle started later on, it was obvious, despite all of the fatigue, that we were in a theater full of true Star Wars fans. Yoda brandishing that light saber got HUGE applause.
I went back yesterday to the same theater to try once again for the DLP presentation. I only waited in line about 40 minutes this time, but my heart sank when I saw people from the previous show at 2:00 exiting the theater and lining up at the customer service counter. It turns out that the show started 40 minutes late, so they were all getting free passes. Fortunately, they cleaned up the theater quickly and got us in there, and the movie started right away.
Having seen the film-based presentation first, it was immediately obvious that digital is better in terms of clarity, colors, and detail. The CGI environments that looked cloudy and washed out the previous night now looked crisp and clear. Details on characters' faces were sharp. CGI characters looked more lifelike. There were no stray hairs, scratches, or dropped frames, which gave the whole film a really slick, polished look. Black levels weren't as good during dark scenes though. The scene with Padme and Annakin by the fire was especially tough on the eyes.
Overall, I was pleased. If this represents digital film in its infancy, I can't wait to see it when it really takes off.