Steamboat lines up for premiere of timeless film |

Steamboat lines up for premiere of timeless film

The line at the Wildhorse Stadium Cinema of Star Wars fans waiting to see “The Force Awakens.”
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The line at the Wildhorse Stadium Cinema of Star Wars fans waiting to see “The Force Awakens.”

— Legions of devoted Star Wars fans were a force to be reckoned with Thursday night as the latest installment in the popular series, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” opened at the Wildhorse Stadium Cinema in Steamboat Springs.

Fans of all ages dressed up as characters in the movie and stood in line for several hours, anxiously awaiting the opening scene of the film.

“Waiting for it to start was exciting,” said local Star Wars fan, George Doby. “Everyone was brought together by their love of Star Wars. At the opening credits, everyone cheered and applauded. I’m glad I was able to be part of that excitement.”

Even though the first film in the series was released in 1977, the story has timeless appeal.

“It has that element of nostalgia to it because there are so many generations following the series at this point, it’s amazing to see,” said Reed Jones, another local Star Wars fan. “It was more than I thought it would be and lived up to all the hype surrounding it. It was awesome.”

Allen Cummins, supervisor at Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas, said people came to the film’s opening night wielding class light sabers and wearing Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader costumes. There was even someone dressed as Chewbacca.

“I feel like it’s one of those sci-fi futuristic films that captures everyone’s imaginations,” said Chris Harris, Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas assistant manager. “I feel like it’s a good story and the fact that they are continuing it, and it’s not just a sequel now, is really cool.”

Ticket sales at the local theater were more than Harris and the other employees projected.

“Over the last four years, the most amount of tickets I’ve seen sold for one film was 180 tickets,” Harris said. “I compared the numbers last week and the possibility for the maximum amount of people we could have for the Star Wars film would have been about 940, and last night, we had sold about 780 tickets for the showings.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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