GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A healthy crowd welcomed "The Force Awakens," the latest installment in the "Star Wars" franchise, on Thursday.
Because it was a special night, managers at the Regal Greensboro Grande Theater in the Friendly Center opened some theaters early to allow fans to wait inside for up to three hours for the start of the movie.
Some came to the theater prepared to wait in long lines like many people who watched the original movie in 1977 did.
“The movie didn’t start until 7:30 p.m. so we'll just be chilling out here; we have some chairs out in the car,” Vince Wellmaker.
Wellmaker came with a group of friends he called "fan boys."
“I heard this movie was going to be more geared toward fan boys and how they perceive [the Star Wars franchise] rather than the original story line that George Lucas came up with,” said Wellmaker.
Many fans had high praise for the movie upon leaving the theater and said there are several surprises that will please fans of all ages.
Another fan called the movie an epic and said that the new movie is shot a lot more like the original trilogy than the next three movies in the series.