BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The latest installment of “Star Wars,” “The Force Awakens,” premiered locally Thursday night.
A number of local theaters sold out early Thursday, as “Star Wars” fans rushed to get their early tickets.
The film picks up 30 years after 1983’s “Return of the Jedi,” and finds original characters and new ones battling the dark side of “the force.”
At Cinemark Tinseltown theater in Boardman, fans began lining up early for the first showings just after 7 p.m. There were 10 showings at the theater, seven of which were sold out by 6 p.m.
Seven-year-old Jake Platt showed up dressed as Kylo Ren — one of the characters in the new movie. He said he has seen all of the movies with his father A.J. Platt, who said his roots are in Star Wars.
“Actually, my parents went on their first date at the Star Wars movie in 1977,” he said.
Some bought tickets a month ago for the showing, but seating was first come, first served. When the doors opened at 2:30 p.m., A.J. Allen, of Poland, was the first in line.
“It has been 10 years since the last movie. We definitely wanted to get the best seats possible, right in the middle of the theater for family and friends, and my family and friends knew they could count on me,” he said.
Tinseltown is showing “The Force Awakens” in standard definition and in 3D. There are 15 showings each day through the weekend from 9:30 a.m. to 11:05 p.m.