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Star Wars fans come out in full force for 'Last Jedi' premiere

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Star Wars fans are lining up at movie theaters across the Milwaukee area Thursday night to see the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Many fans showed up to Marcus Ridge Cinema in costume Thursday night. From Rey to Chewbacca and even a Jedi battle in the lobby, it’s clear Star Wars fans are excited. For many, it’s a family tradition.

“We always come on opening night, ever since he was born, for all the Star Wars movies,” one mom said.

For six-year-old Olivia, she came to the movie theater dressed as the character Rey. But, she’s excited to see another one of her favorite characters.

“The little porgs are so cute and he actually lives on the island with Luke Skywalker,” she said.

One group of fans brought a porg themed cake in the theater for a private showing.

Marcus Ridge Cinema will be open 24 hours a day until Saturday with showings offered during in the early morning hours all the way to overnight.

For a group with the Southern Lakes Association of the Deaf, the movie has a special meaning. There will be closed captioning in one theater for nearly 40 deaf individuals in the Milwaukee area. Something the group said typically doesn’t happen on opening night.

“We usually have to wait a couple of weeks to go to a movie or wait until it comes out on DVD,” one member said. “It’s rare that it happened but this is amazing.”

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