The group expects more fans to arrive at the premiere of "The Rise of Skywalker" at the Chinese Theater, because they have gathered there to watch Star Wars premieres for 20 years.

With sleeping bags and a portable movie projector, Star Wars fans start camping on the outskirts of the famous Chinese Theater from Hollywood to be among the first to see the Episode IX in a week.

About twenty science fiction lovers were already installed this Thursday at this important tourist pole in Los Angeles, seven days before the first screening of "The Rise of Skywalker", which ends the original story created by George Lucas 42 years ago.

Organizers expect this figure to increase to 150 in the coming days, with fans of all ages traveling from other countries such as Britain or Japan to watch this latest episode in the same place where "Star Wars" premiered in 1977.

"When Star Wars comes, everything else is secondary, it's like having a baby," said the megafanatic Nicolas Johnson, waiting with his dog Cookie.

"I'm lucky to be able to work in line," he said. Shing hwong, a 39-year-old lawyer who lives near San Francisco and brought her laptop with her. "I'm going to sleep here and at night I can share with my friends and talk about Star Wars."

This united community began making this early line for the premieres of the saga two decades ago, when "The Phantom Menace" was released in 1999.

At that time, they waited 42 days on Hollywood Boulevard. Now, older and with more commitments, they decided to cut the waiting time for the next film, also taking into account that it opens in the winter.

"I have a sleeping bag to keep me warm at night," said organizer Erik Murillo, a 47-year-old computer technician from Las Vegas. "I tend to try to stay awake at night to watch and sleep during the day."

The group is distracted by legos and, in a projector, watches old movies and the latest episodes of the Star Wars television series "The Mandalorian."

Murillo admits that he is more excited about waiting for the film itself, because he feels he knows a lot about what's coming between trailers, interviews and rumor forums.

"Look at it as a pajama party with friends where everyone has the same interests," said fashion photographer Justin Nunez, 31, from San Diego, which opens in his first Star Wars row.

Núñez has three pairs of thermal underpants, four sweaters and a sack to face the cold nights of the Angelian winter. He hopes there is some heat on Monday when the lights for the red carpet of the world premiere arrive a few meters away. In 2015 Disney invited them, but not in 2017.


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