The popcorn has been buttered and the lawn chairs unfolded at theaters across the mid-state as people camp out for hours in anticipation of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opening night.
The first trailer for the movie was released about a year ago, and fans have been anxiously waiting its arrival ever since.
The Carmike Thoroughbred 20 in Franklin held a Star Wars movie marathon leading up the the opening, showing every Star Wars film to catch moviegoers up on where the saga last left off.
Dozens of people have lined up inside the Franklin theater and many others across the mid-state.
VIDEO: We are still two hours away and the line for the first showing of #TheForceAwakens is already long! pic.twitter.com/qgvXSL3AAb
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Theater doors in Franklin were open to moviegoers an hour before the 7 p.m. showing.
One moviegoer told NewsChannel 5 he had been waiting there for a total of 24 hours. Others came in complete costume as their favorite characters. The small robot, R2-D2, even showed up several hours early.