While the newest "Star Wars" film won't hit theaters for another week, fans of the franchise are already out in full force.
Twelve days before the first showing of "The Force Awakens" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, the queue began as part of an event hosted by LiningUp.net, an organization of "Star Wars" fans. The group calls the event a "hallmark of the Star Wars experience."
"We could reserve our seats online, and show up five minutes before midnight," LiningUp.net states on its website. "For the vast majority of moviegoers, that will be their experience: sterile, passionless and without any human interaction. But that is not what the 'Star Wars' experience is all about."
The tradition of lining up started in 1977 with the first "Star Wars" film, "A New Hope." At that time, there wasn't any way to reserve movie tickets ahead of time. But in this Internet age, lining up for opening night has merely evolved but not gone away.
LiningUp.net's event benefits the Starlight Children's Foundation, a charity that provides entertainment, education and family activities for seriously ill children.