Fans queue for 24 hours to buy tickets to 1st screening of new Star Wars movie

Star Wars characters at Shaw Theatres Lido.
Star Wars characters at Shaw Theatres Lido.PHOTO: SHAW THEATRES/FACEBOOK

When The Force Awakens in Singapore in December, these Star Wars fans will not be sleeping at all.

They will be among the first people here to watch the highly anticipated new instalment of the iconic sci-fi series.

Some queued for as long as 24 hours to buy tickets to the first screening of the movie at 12.01am on Dec 17 at the Shaw Imax theatres in Lido and JCube.

Ticket sales for the screening began Monday at 9pm at Shaw Lido.

But Mr Nicholas Ho, who was the first in the line, started queuing at 9pm on Sunday as he "wanted to make sure" he would be able to purchase a set of tickets.

Mr Ho, 33, a drummer, says: "I didn't want to risk not getting these tickets, so I decided to stay here overnight. As a huge Star Wars fan, it's worth it."

On sale at the venue was a special package that cost $180, which includes two Imax 3-D tickets to the midnight screening on Dec 17, as well as two more Imax tickets to the film on another day, plus limited edition collectibles including Star Wars t-shirts and mugs.

All 190 packages were sold.

Tickets to all other screenings of the movie across the country will begin online on Tuesday morning at 12.01am.