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Force Faithful Pack Local Theaters For Latest 'Star Wars'

The wait is finally over.

At 12:01 this morning, thousands of die-hard Star Wars fans packed local theaters to see the latest installment in George Lucas' space epic, "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith."

"It was amazing. I've been waiting for it for a while. I'm just glad I got to see it last night," Wes Farrow, a box office clerk, who got to see the movie early, said.

At the Carmike Cinemas in Tyler, fans went all out, complete with T-shirts, props, and costumes from the films.

Some even arrived in character, dressed as such popular characters as Darth Vader, or Anakin Skywalker.

"I had $6, went out and bought a lot of fabric, and had a really nice teacher put it together for me," Bill Burleson, dressed as Obi-Won Kenobi, said.

Many folks have been life-long followers of the Jedi action.

"My first memories when I was a child was eating oatmeal pies in front of the TV, watching Star Wars," Matthew Woods, armed with a light saber, said.

Those feelings of nostalgia remind fans of the sadness that comes with seeing the last of the Star Wars movies. But not to worry, they can relive it with the XBOX game, which was available for play in the Carmike lobby last night, or create their own action, as some did through light saber fights in the theater.

Industry analysts say the movie could be on pace for a record opening this weekend, and online ticket seller Fandango was reportedly selling an average of four tickets a second on Wednesday.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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