Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker draws big crowds on opening night

Published: Dec. 19, 2019 at 8:08 PM CST
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The Star Wars series boasts 9 episodes and 12 movies spanning over 42 years in theaters nationwide. Today marks the end of an era for Star Wars fans, as the "Skywalker Saga" is coming to an end with the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The first Star Wars film was released in 1977 and spawned the original trilogy, a prequel trilogy and more recently the sequel trilogy. The sequel trilogy was announced when Disney acquired Lucasfilm in December 2012. Since then, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in 2015, Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017, and now the Rise of Skywalker now.

Tickets were near sold out at the AMC Rockford 16 theater, as the theater preps for a very busy weekend of movie goers coming to see the new film. Some people continue to go to the film series premiere and have done so since 1977. Like Kevin Hanson says, he never thought the movies would take off back then.

He says, "I've been to every show. And the first one I saw about a week or so into the showing. Didn't know what it was going to be about but a friend said that it was going to be good. I'm so happy that my daughter and son are interested in the movies and they want to come out and do this with me. Because it's hard to get teenagers or young adults to do stuff with their dad."

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing in theaters nationwide. AMC officials say to preorder tickets on their website or Fandango so you can avoid long lines, especially if you plan on seeing the movie during premiere weekend.