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Anticipation builds as fans prepare for new Star Wars movie

More than 1,000 advance tickets have been sold at The Grand in D'iberville. (Image Source: WLOX News) More than 1,000 advance tickets have been sold at The Grand in D'iberville. (Image Source: WLOX News)
There will more than 20 showings of the movie on opening night at The Grand. (Image Source: WLOX News) There will more than 20 showings of the movie on opening night at The Grand. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Movie Goers who bring 10 canned goods can receive a small popcorn for free. (Image Source: WLOX News) Movie Goers who bring 10 canned goods can receive a small popcorn for free. (Image Source: WLOX News)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

The parking lot of the Grand Theatre in D'Iberville was fairly empty on Wednesday night.

But in less than 24 hours, Star Wars fans will invade.

“It is going to be a packed house and we're anticipating having traffic heavy, and we're ready to override red lights if need be. We have personnel on staff for that,” said Deputy Chief Clay Jones with the D’Iberville Police Department.

It's been a decade since the last Star Wars movie was released, and fans are ready for the latest film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

“I'm taking off of work so I can go. I'm the boss, I can kind of do that. I'm going to go in and watch the movie at 9 o'clock and then when it's over with, go to work, and then come back at about 1 o'clock and watch it again,” said superfan Beau Blalock.

The Grand will show the movie more than 20 times on opening night. Three of those showings have already sold out and for superfans, the large crowds just make it even better.

“It’s just fantasy and escapism. You know it's like being transported to another time and place. So, it's a good way to just check out of reality for a couple of hours,” said superfan Chris Skully.

However, pre-sale tickets aren't only for die-hard fans. There will be some first timers mixed in on Thursday as well. 

“I don't know if I'll fully understand it at first, but it's just a start. Then I'll probably watch this one, and then go back and watch all the other ones,” said Ariel Thomas.

One thing is for sure, those who love The Force feel like Christmas is coming early.

“It's something when you're a little kid. It was your mythology. It's what you grew up believing. I mean there was Santa Claus, there was the Easter bunny and then there was The Force. You knew what The Force could do, you knew what it was all about. It was all about hope and energy, and positivity or not....you knew that how you chose to live your life was which side of The Force you were on,” said Blalock.

If you're going to see any movie at The Grand Theatre in D'Iberville Thursday night, you can bring 10 canned goods to receive a small popcorn for free.

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