The force is strong on the Border – pre-sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens were the largest for Regent Cinemas Albury in 30 years.
General manager Doug Henderson said he’d hired 10 more staff just for Thursday’s midnight release of the newest installment in the sci-fi adventure saga.
“I’ve never seen the anticipation and the sales like this, ever,” he said.
“It goes back to Titanic and Crocodile Dundee before that, in terms of pre-sale.”
Taxation clerical officer Scott Bishop is one of many die-hard fans who will be in costume for the first screenings of the film.
Over three years, he hand-made a costume dedicated to bounty-hunter Boba Fett from Return of the Jedi.
Mr Bishop said many fans would be hoping to be blown-away after waiting 30 years for their next fix.
“I think there’s a lot of Star Wars fans out there that probably weren’t as pleased with the last movies,” he said.
“I just have this feeling it will recapture the excitement of the original film.”