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.