A long time ago in a galaxy far away...Halifax

Visitors to the Vue Halifax dressed up in Star Wars fancy dress
Visitors to the Vue Halifax dressed up in Star Wars fancy dress

Halifax felt the force this week when Star Wars: The Force Awakens had its midnight premiere.

Around 1,000 people descended on the Vue in Broad Street Plaza to see the highly anticipated film and many in Star Wars oufits.

Eight out of the nine screens were used to show the movie and some merchandise was sold, such as Stormtrooper 3D glasses, posters and drinking straws with new character BB-8 droid on them.

The film debuted just after midnight which was the first permissible time it could be screened.

Paul Denbow, general manager at Vue, said: “It was top secret.

“No one was allowed to watch the film before the release date to make sure no spoilers came out.”

Vue weren’t the only ones to get into the Star Wars spirit as their neighbours, The Percy Shaw, had their own way of celebrating the film’s release.

A Stormtrooper met with fans and people could drink themed cocktails and enter a raffle where the proceeds would go to the charity CLIC.

The Rex cinema in Elland celebrated the release of the film by holding its first ever midnight screening.