Ah, remember the '80s, when Star Wars movies were released in May, a month that provides perfect weather for waiting on line? Well those days are over—J.J. Abrams is in charge now, and you will wait in the cold December rain to see his work of cinematic art, The Force Awake UP SHEEPLE, they just want to sell you some lipstick.
These photos were taken around 2:30 p.m. today outside of the Regal Cinemas Union Square, where things looked pretty dismal. Our correspondent Scott Lynch told us, "Unless you bought tickets for the all-day marathon, Regal is making people wait outside for the 7 p.m. show. A manager came out and tried to upsell the marathon—the final two movies, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, plus admittance to Force Awakens—for $50, but no one took the bait, not even to get out of the rain." The first guy on line got there at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, inside they're selling T-shirts and hoodies for $20 to $50.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, at the 86th Street Loews on the Upper East Side, a larger crowd of 110 is stationed outside. Correspondent Scott Heins tells us up there "they're letting people seeing the 7 p.m. screening in at 5:30." The four people in the front of the line are in possession of tickets to the 7 p.m. AND the 10 p.m. screenings, because they are that stoked.