The Force Awakens: Star Wars fans turn out in force

The force is strong with these two ... Cameo Cinema staff Ana Moraes and Frieda Smith. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
The force is strong with these two ... Cameo Cinema staff Ana Moraes and Frieda Smith. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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STAR Wars fans turned out in force last night for midnight screenings of The Force Awakens.

Workers at the Cameo Cinema, in Tollcross, dressed in homemade Jedi and Sith costumes – complete with light-sabers – greeted sci-fi fans at the special midnight screening. The cinema, one of the oldest in Scotland, also commissioned Tie Fighter sculptures and redesigned its iconic canopy to celebrate the event.

Wookie wookie, what do we have here. The Rebel Legion at Fountain Park Cinema Complex. Picture: Neil Hanna

Wookie wookie, what do we have here. The Rebel Legion at Fountain Park Cinema Complex. Picture: Neil Hanna

Its midnight showing, one of a series of Star Wars themed events taking place at the cinema, was completely sold out.

Marketing manager Neil Hepburn said staff at the cinema were hoping to offer Star Wars fans a unique experience compared to what else was on offer in the city.

“We’re hoping to offer a more soulful cinema experience – one that existed before multiplexes came along,” he said. “Our screen is now 101 years old and connected to the history of cinema in Scotland and we wanted to add a few extra touches to make it a nice experience for customers.

“We are lucky to have a resident seamstress who made the costumes and Calum MacDonald, our special effects wizard, who designed and built the Tie Fighters. Our staff are fans and wanted to make it a fun night.”

'It's a trap!' Picture: Neil Hanna

'It's a trap!' Picture: Neil Hanna

Fountain Park also got in on the act, with The Rebel Legion on hand to complete a special night for fans.

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He's a trooper ... Colin Gardner gets into the spirit of things. Picture: colingardner54/Twitter

He's a trooper ... Colin Gardner gets into the spirit of things. Picture: colingardner54/Twitter

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This photo's a little on the Dark Side. Picture: thematmonkey/Twitter

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Ready to rumble! Picture: stubot/Twitter

No one had to force these guys to dress up. Picture: howlinghenderson/Twitter

No one had to force these guys to dress up. Picture: howlinghenderson/Twitter