The 'Star Wars' Faithful Are Already Lining Up For 'The Force Awakens'

With more than a week until the film's premiere, "Star Wars" fans are already lining up for "The Force Awakens."

The New York Times reports that more than 100 people are already camped out in the courtyard of the historic Chinese Theater in Los Angeles to be among the first two watch the hotly anticipated sequel.

They began gathering on Saturday afternoon, which means they'll have waited for more than 12 days by the time "The Force Awakens" opens late on Thursday, Dec. 17.

The Chinese Theater, now called TCL Chinese Theater Imax, has a long history with "Star Wars," dating back to May 1977, when it was one of only about 30 cinemas initially booked to screen the first film. Since then, it's become a tradition for fans to line up outside the Chinese Theater for the premiere of the next "Star Wars." (However, as The Times notes, Fox neglected to book the theater for 2005's "Revenge of the Sith," leading to some disappointed fans.)

It's not an around-the-clock wait, though: Tents must be erected by midnight and dismantled by 6 the following morning, and there's a a system for checking in and checking out for short periods of time.

Hopefully, those are used for showers and bathroom breaks.

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