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Teaneck Cinemas 'Star Wars' Premier Draws Rain-Soaked Fanatics

Members of the Fox Family claimed their seats at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. "Star Wars" screening.
Members of the Fox Family claimed their seats at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. "Star Wars" screening. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
William Guirales waits in for the 7 p.m. "Star Wars" premier in Teaneck Cinemas' lobby.
William Guirales waits in for the 7 p.m. "Star Wars" premier in Teaneck Cinemas' lobby. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Pablo, left, and his colleague help a customer at Teaneck Cinemas on Thursday.
Pablo, left, and his colleague help a customer at Teaneck Cinemas on Thursday. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Andrew scoops popcorn for movie-goers Thursday evening.
Andrew scoops popcorn for movie-goers Thursday evening. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
"Star Wars" fans take shelter under the awning at Teaneck Cinemas before the first 7 p.m. screening.
"Star Wars" fans take shelter under the awning at Teaneck Cinemas before the first 7 p.m. screening. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

TEANECK, N.J. — "Star Wars" fanatics of all ages took cover from the rain under Teaneck Cinemas' overhang at 6 p.m. before Thursday evening's marathon premier of "The Force Awakens."

Meanwhile inside, the popcorn line snaked through the lobby as fans anxiously awaited the first screening — which wouldn't begin for another hour.

"This is the only theater that wasn't sold out," said William Guirales, of Clifton, from his spot in the middle of the line.

"The Force Awakens" on Wednesday surpassed $100,000,000 in pre-sales, CNBC reported.

Theater usher, Pablo, barely had time to look up from his computer in between ticket sales.

"This is the biggest Thursday I've ever seen," said ticketeer Pablo, 17, expecting to see costumes

Sam — a longtime "Star Wars" fan from North Bergen — has been looking forward to seeing Director J.J. Abram's latest masterpiece since he found out about the release. He chose to see it at Teaneck Cinemas for the homey-atmosphere, he said.

"It's a nice theater with a great vibe — I come here a lot to chill," he said, while picking up his pre-ordered ticket Pablo.

"This is what it would've been like when movies came out in the 1970's and '80s. I have high expectations, but I think they'll be met.

"Especially by J.J. Abrams," he said.

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