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Star Wars fans got a first look at Rogue One in Woodbury

A group Woodbury Jimmy John's workers decided to go see the new stand-alone Star Wars film after work. They also came prepared and bought lightsabers from the nearby Target. (Bulletin photo by Youssef Rddad)1 / 5
The Woodbury 10 Theatre held a debut showing of the new Star Wars Movie, Rogue One, on Dec. 15, 2016. (Bulletin photo by Youssef Rddad)2 / 5
Dylan and Tyler Tschida both got in the opening night spirit when they went to see Star Wars Rogue One at the Woodbury 10 Theatre. Dylan Tschida wore his Boba Fett armor jacket while his brother, Tyler, wore his full Wookie costume. (Bulletin photo by Youssef Rddad)3 / 5
Avery Elles buys a ticket to see Rogue One. Chris Stacy, the man behind the ticket counter, said the theater still had about 60 tickets left before the 7 p.m. showing. (Bulletin photo by Youssef Rddad)4 / 5
Ryan Grove (left) duels with friend Dan Kuhfuss in the Woodbury 10 Theatre lobby before the 7 p.m. showing of Star Wars Rogue One. (Bulletin photo by Youssef Rddad)5 / 5

The Force was strong in Woodbury as a few hundred Star Wars fans braved the subzero temperatures for an opening-night showing of “Rogue One,” the newest installment of the saga.

Fans and moviegoers who attended the 7 p.m. showing at the Woodbury 10 Theatre said they have been looking forward to the stand-alone movie featuring events that take place between the other films in the eight-movie series.

Tanya Kanaack said she’s a huge fan and liked how Disney is beginning to create films, like “Rogue One,” that take place in between the prequels and the original trilogy.

Chronologically, “Rogue One” takes place before the original 1977 film and centers around the beginning of a rebellion and its fight against the evil Galactic Empire, which has begun construction on the planet-destroying space station called the Death Star.

"I think it's great. I got really excited when I saw the previews for this one,” Kanaack said. “It brought me back to my childhood when Darth Vader first comes onto the screen."

She added that she hopes the new line of movies, as well as cartoon series, gives more depth and details to a galaxy far far away.

Her friend, Ebony Wingo of Woodbury, hasn’t seen a Star Wars film from beginning to end but became interested after catching parts of the movies on TV.

Joined with a few work friends, Wingo and Kanaack also bought light-up lightsabers before the show.

Since viewers have already seen all seven movies, Jack Spaight of Hudson, Wis., said he’s interested in how filmmakers make the story more compelling.

“Rogue One” took in roughly $29 million in more than 4,000 U.S. theaters the first day, according to Friday estimates from Disney.

In Woodbury, the 300-seat theater still had about 60 tickets available at showtime.