'Star Wars' midnight openings are selling out fast
A DJ set from Darth Vader is just one way 'Star Wars' fans will celebrate the long-awaited release of the saga's seventh instalment.
Cinemas across Ireland are expected to be thronged as Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens at midnight on Wednesday. However, certain fans will get a sneak preview before the clock strikes 12.
Frederic Ulrichts, of the 501st Legion Ireland Garrison, a Star Wars costuming club, said his group had been invited by Disney to the film's premiere in the Savoy.
Mr Ulrichts added that group members would be in costume and would head to midnight screenings after the premiere.
"We will be seeing it twice in one day," he said.
Gail Wilson, of the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, said tickets to its pre-screening party sold out in just 30 minutes.
The party will feature Ireland's only 'Star Wars' exhibition, a PlayStation hub with games inspired by the franchise, and a performance from iconic villain Darth Vader.
"From what people have seen of the film so far, it's going to be good," Gail said. "For us, we just want to make sure the hardcore fans have an amazing time."
Meanwhile, Tracey O'Brien of Gate Cinemas in Cork also said that screenings there were selling out fast.
"Customers do tend to dress up and make an occasion out of it anyway," she said.
Jacqueline Mahon, of Eye Cinema in Galway, said tickets for screenings were becoming more scarce. However, she added they created a "great buzz" in the city.
"There's so much excitement about it. People want to see what all the hype is about," she said.