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People Are in Line for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Already

"The line awakens!"


With ten days still to go before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, people are already lining up.

The New York Times reports that more than 100 people are queued up at Hollywood's famous Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. An Australian woman at the front of the line, Caroline Ritter, said to a couple who stopped to snap a photo, "Yes, we still have a very long time to wait. No, we're not crazy."

Ritter and the rest got in line on Saturday, December 6, which means by the time the movie opens on the evening of December 17, they will have been in line for some 12 days. As Times asks, why would you stand in line when you can reserve a ticket online?

"At night you freeze and in the daytime you cook, but you come for the camaraderie and the chance to be a part of cinematic history," one man in line, Erik Murillo, said. "Besides, there are traditions to be upheld."

The Chinese Theater, which is now officially called TCL Chinese Theater IMAX, was one of only around 30 theaters that screened the original Star Wars movie in 1977. That was because distributor Fox reportedly had some reservations about the movie's mainstream appeal.

One person in line has a sign that says "The line awakens!" In addition, the theater has implemented some rules, including that tents need to be set up by midnight and taken down by 6 AM. What's more, a system has been put in place to allow people to drop out of the line for short periods of time (for bathroom breaks, etc.) and still retain their place.

On top of that, everyone has their own name badge, a special website dedicated to the line has been established, and a charity partner--Starlight Children's Foundation--has signed on.

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