OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- It's the day "Stars Wars" fans have been anticipating for the past decade: the release of a new "Star Wars" movie. And on Thursday night, the Force will awaken in theaters across the country.
Cinetopia in Overland Park, Kan., is one of only 100 theaters nationwide offering a "Star Wars" marathon before the new movie plays.
Fans will see all six "Star Wars" movies, in order, before the "Force Awakens" plays at 7 p.m.
More than 290 people were in the theater by 4 a.m., watching "Episode I: The Phantom Menance". Some brought pillows and plan to sleep through some of it.
The last "Star Wars" movie, "Revenge of the Sith," came out in 2005.
But when Disney recently bought LucasFilms, they decided to re-launch the "Star Wars" franchise, placing it 30 years after "Return of the Jedi" and introducing all new characters.
Reviewers are loving the new movie. It has a 95 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes with only 10 out of 188 movie critics not liking it.
"You've been reading so much about it, there's so much hype behind it, that you can really feel the force, the energy, and hopefully this movie has embraced the light side and not the Darkside like the last three," Anakin wannabe Andrew Escher told FOX 4.
The movie times are as follows:
Episode #1 begins @ 4:00 a.m. and ends @ 6:16 a.m.
Episode #2 begins @ 6:30 a.m. and ends @ 8:53 a.m.
Episode #3 begins @ 9:10 a.m. and ends @ 11:30 a.m.
Episode #4 begins @ 11:45 a.m. and ends @ 1:50 p.m.
Episode #5 begins @ 2:05 p.m. and ends @ 4:14 p.m.
Episode #6 begins @ 4:30 p.m. and ends @6:46 p.m.
Episode #7 begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends @ 9:28 p.m. (this movie will be in 3D)
Fans also showed up to the marathon decked out in costumes.
"You would not believe the amount of resources online there are for making specifically Boba Fett costumes," fan Brian Egan said. "I think the fact that people put so much work into making it as accurate as possible really shows the dedication of 'Star Wars' fans."