'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' news: Fans camped outside L.A. theater to get first look

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiered at the TCL Chinese Theater last Monday, and the handful of stars came to see the show. Also present were fans who camped out to queue for the premiere of the seventh installment in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Days before the first showing of “The Force Awakens,” the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles was decorated by a long queue of “Star Wars” fans anticipating the movie premiere. The long queue came as part of an event hosted by LiningUp.net, an organization run by “Star Wars” fans. The community has started calling “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” a hallmark of the “Star Wars” experience. 

“We could reserve our seats online, and show up five minutes before midnight,” LiningUp.net stated on its website. “For the vast majority of moviegoers, that will be their experience: sterile, passionless and without any human interaction. But that is not what the ‘Star Wars’ experience is all about.” 

According to CNN, the tradition of lining up in advance, which started in May 1977, was structured according to certain rules  that people in line already had tickets, as the queue is more for tradition’s sake, and were allowed to leave the line for errands and breaks. 

Aside from being an avenue to put up and dismantle tents, the occasion also doubled as a charity event, with money heading to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to improve hospital experiences for children and chronically ill teenagers. 

As the movie starts hitting theaters, “Star Wars” fans beg to ask one single question: “Will the Disney-run ‘Star Wars’ sequel match the existing films?” Adam Driver, who plays the villainous Kylo Ren, made it pretty clear in an interview with Vice News when he said that “Force Awakens” is better than the prequels. 

It is firmly believed that J.J. Abrams is just warming up as an episode 8 and episode 9 production is rumored to take place after the premiere of “The Force Awakens” or perhaps has already started.