VIDEO - Hundreds attend Derry midnight screenings of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Hundreds of local Star Wars fans attended special midnight screenings of the eagerly awaited ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ at cinemas in Derry on Thursday morning.

The film completely sold out in all seven screens of the Brunswick Moviebowl and the movie was also shown just after midnight in MAXX screen of the Derry Omniplex.

FIRST IN QUEUE. . . .Star Wars The Force Awakens saw queues right outside the front door of the Brunswick Moviebowl on Wednesday night as some waited for over five hours to get tickets. Pictured collecting their tickets from Aoife McGlynn, Usher and Paul Doherty, Manager, are from left, James Quigley, Marty O'Kane, Mickey McGonagle, Owen Evans, Eddie Evans and Edward Evans. DER4915MC061

FIRST IN QUEUE. . . .Star Wars The Force Awakens saw queues right outside the front door of the Brunswick Moviebowl on Wednesday night as some waited for over five hours to get tickets. Pictured collecting their tickets from Aoife McGlynn, Usher and Paul Doherty, Manager, are from left, James Quigley, Marty O'Kane, Mickey McGonagle, Owen Evans, Eddie Evans and Edward Evans. DER4915MC061

Fans started queuing at the Brunswick Moviebowl more than four hours before the film was due to start.

Some Star Wars devotees used the film as an excuse to come to the cinema dressed as their favourite characters.

Those without costumes, light sabres and blasters wore a wide array of Star Wars t-shirts.

The movie started right on time at 00:05am and the audience applauded at the beginning and at the end.

Brunswick Moviebowl Operations Manager, Caoimhin McClafferty, described the film as “unprecedented” for the local cinema.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is expected to become the most financially successful movie of all time.

The film is currently screening at both the Brunswick Moviebowl and the Derry Omniplex.