The Force is strong with them

Advance tickets for the opening weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” went on sale at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Homer Theatre. Tickets for a special premiere at 9 p.m. Dec. 17 sold out in two hours, said theater manager Colleen Carroll. Some people waited an hour to make sure they were in line when tickets went on sale.

“This kind of buzz I have never seen for any movie at all for all my years,” Carroll said.

The previous most popular film in terms of advance interest at the Homer Theatre was “Titanic,” she said.

Advance tickets are still on sale at the theater box office for shows at 2:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. (the 3D show) and 8:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 18-20. Tickets are $8 regular admission and $10 for the 3D show. There are no discounts for advance ticket sales.

Carroll said she had heard a rumor that one person was going to buy out all 205 seats at one showing, but that didn’t pan out, she said.

“The Force Awakens” is episode VII in the Star Wars saga, and takes place about 30 years after the event of “Return of the Jedi.” Directed by J.J. Abrams, the cast includes members of the cast of the first three Star Wars films, including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Lawrence Kasdan, who cowrote the first three episodes, wrote “The Force Awakens” with Abrams.

Simon Shelton, Josiah Coe and Angelo Amarello show off their advance tickets to the first weekend showing. The guys had waited in line an hour last Thursday to buy their tickets.