Fans wait hours for Star Wars

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ERIE, Pa. — Fans who have waited two years since the last Star Wars film got their wish granted at the Cinemark Tinseltown.

“Pretty excited. I’ve loved Star Wars probably my whole life,” said Tony Kern, an Erie resident.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” lured fans for early screenings on Thursday. 

Kern, who dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi, was among some of the first to watch the second installment of the current and third trilogy.    

“I’m too young to have seen the other ones when they came out in the theaters,” he said. “So, something like this is really special.”

But it was just as special for McKean resident Jim Pete.

“I’m old. So, every film in the theater and the last six I’ve seen on premiere night,” he said. “So, this has kind of become a tradition for the family.”

Many of the theatergoers waited in line for hours, but they said it was worth it.

Ryan Kinney; of Akron, Ohio; said, “It’s worth it just for the fun and excitement of being here, and being part of the movie.”

Mixed in was a dab of suspense; and fans young and older, just could not wait.

“Supposedly, it’s a little dark,” said Pete, who attended with his daughter and son. “We’ve got Luke coming back, which is a big deal. Princess Leia’s last movie.”

Kern said, “This one, especially, is special, because of Luke Skywalker coming back. It’s pretty crazy, because you haven’t really heard him talk in a movie in years.”

But any more details could dampen the excitement.

“Spoilers. Spoilers start to leak out, and I don’t want anyone to spoil it for me,” said Pete. “So, we come the first night.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” officially opens in theaters on Friday, Dec. 15.

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