The Force’s newest recruits

By 5 p.m., a large crowd of excited fans had already gathered outside Landmark Cinemas to see the advance screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec. 17, which began at 7 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. Standing in front, from far, left, are Cory Clausen, Matt Downey and Christine Baker, who were the first in line and had been at the theatre since before noon. They were also the first in the city to buy tickets, with Downey purchasing the very first. “We’ve been having good times,” said Clausen. “We had lawn chairs earlier, and we’re watching Star Wars.” Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh instalment in the main Star Wars film series  and is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi.