WALLINGFORD — Star Wars fans came from across the galaxy almost two hours before the latest installment of the movie series hit the screen this week at the Holiday Cinemas.
Wallingford’s Dave Wolf was the first on the line, at 5 p.m. Thursday, waiting outside of one of four theaters preparing to debut “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
“That’s what I did two years ago,” Wolf said, adding that he purchased the tickets two months ago and once the theater opened he had his eyes on the perfect seats.
“With the new seats… second row, once you walk in, right in the middle,” he said.
With Episode 8 of the Star Wars saga set to be another big hit the Holiday Cinemas staff was well prepared and ready for anything.
“A ton of preparation, just mentally preparing ourselves for how busy we're going to be,” said Dan Tomaselli, who works at the theater. “Even just things like trying to pop a ton of extra popcorn than we normally would. We cleared off the counter so we would have plenty of room for that.”
Movie-goers had their choice of getting their drinks in a lightsaber cup or their popcorn in Chewbacca’s head, along with many other choices.
"There's way more promos this time in terms of cups and popcorn than we had,” Tomaselli said. "There's like three different cup options, there might be like three different popcorn options.”
As the fanatics filled all four of the 7 p.m. showings, those who stayed away from spoilers or reading any fan theories involving the movie couldn’t wait for it to start.
“I’ve done my best to stay away from them,” said Bryan Payne of Wallingford.”I’ve had a social media blackout for the past three weeks.”