Star Wars opens at local theaters

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The wait is over for Star Wars fans.

“The Force Awakens” opened Thursday – and is already on track to become one of the most successful movies of all time. It raked in more than $100 million dollars in U.S. pre-sales.

Eyewitness News was at the Showcase Cinema at Warwick Mall – where the lines were short because people bought their tickets ahead of time.

Some police departments in Massachusetts said they were stepping up patrols ahead of the release – but a spokesperson for the Warwick Mall theater said the staff there was comfortable with the security measures already in place. They said they would not be taking any extra measures, though they have a strict no-costume policy already in place.

The theater is not allowing costumes, masks, face paint or fake weapons, and all costumes and accessories will be subject to inspection.

Some movie-goers said they treated the event as a family affair.

“I was 4-years old in ’77 when my dad took me to Star Wars on opening day,” said Rich Miller. “Now I’ve got a 7-year-old. He’s a fanatic. I have a 20-year-old – he’s with me and I brought my father-in-law.”

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