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‘Eclipse’ sells out during first night

Crowds wrap around the Clark Theatre prior to the midnight showing of “Eclipse” Wednesday. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

A sold-out crowd of 190 people was the first to watch the latest installment of the “Twilight” series, “Eclipse”, at midnight Wednesday.

Michael Kimbril, manager of the Andalusia Clark Theatre, said he anticipated the large crowd, and by 7 p.m. that night was completely sold out for the movie’s debut.

“The last two movies sold out, so we didn’t think this one would be any different, and it wasn’t,” Kimbril said. “Everybody from 8 to 88 – mostly girls and quite a few women – came out. There were a few guys who were probably drug up here to buy popcorn.

“It was a great turnout,” he said.

And the record crowd is expected to continue nightly during the coming weeks, he said.

So to prepare, tickets can be purchased in advance.

“We’ll start selling tickets at 5 p.m. daily and start seating at 6 p.m.,” he said.

“We’ll do that until the crowd dies down, which I think won’t be for two or three weeks. It’s easier to pre-sell, we can open early; seat folks from 6-6:30 p.m., and the people who want to watch the other two movies don’t have to stand in line.

“It’s a win-win,” he said.

It has been with the Stephenie Myer’s series since its debut on the big screen. Kimbril said the theater hasn’t seen a sold-out crowd since the previous two movies – “Twilight” and “New Moon.”

“Iron Man 2” did pretty good, but it didn’t sell out,” he said.

Show times are Monday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with weekend matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for ages 2-11; $7 for ages 12-64, and $5 for those 65 and up.