Movie theater preparing for the Force of Star Wars release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Jedis and siths from across the area are jumping in their X-wings and TIE fighters in hopes of feeling the force this Thursday.

English translation: The new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premieres Thursday.

Star Wars fans can start lining up for the premiere at Carmike Jefferson Point 18 + IMAX as early as 6 a.m. Thursday. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the first showing at 7 p.m.

The Carmike theater at Jefferson Pointe is preparing for the release of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.
The Carmike theater at Jefferson Pointe is preparing for the release of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.

It’s safe to say expectations are high for “Star Wars:Episode VII The Force Awakens.” Online ticket retailer Fandango said advance ticket sales have already topped every other movie, the Associated Press reported. It’s on track to be the biggest December release ever, knocking out of first place “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which brought in $85 million in the U.S. and Canada its opening weekend.

Despite the overwhelming demand for tickets, the theater’s Managing Director Joshua Sievers said everyone can see the movie.

“We will not be sold out of Star Wars tickets,” he said.

It’s not a jedi mind trick. The theater will be playing 31 hours of nonstop Star Wars. That’s right, movie times that continue overnight. He said there are 70 show times on sale for the first two days.

Sievers plans on having lines that stretch from one side of the mall to the other side for the premiere. He’s got plenty of entertainment lined up too. While there’s not The Cantina with Aunt Beru’s Blue Milk Special, the premiere will feature DJs, face painters, along with radio station HOT 107.9.

There will also be more than 25 members of the 5O1st, a group that dresses in authentic-looking Star Wars gear. However, the members of the 5O1st aren’t the only people encouraged to dress up, but remember, ‘do or do not, there is no try.’

Sievers encouraged people to go all out with their costume. He said while other theaters have restrictions on what people can wear, Carmike does not. He said the theater has a special security checkpoint separate for those in costume, which was planned out so no one loses their place in line. Then, they will be given something that identifies they went through security. Sievers said security is tight; no one is getting into the theater before 6 p.m. Thursday.

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