Twilight saga comes to an end (Video)
Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:15 a.m.
Updated Nov. 16, 2012 at 5:16 a.m.
She arrived at the movie theater at 7 a.m. - complete with a chair, blanket and iPad - prepared to wait the 12 hours for the Twilight saga finale.
Even though Crystal Martinez, 29, bought her tickets for the "Breaking Dawn" double feature in early October, she said she was ready to put in the time to get good seats for the first showing of "Breaking Dawn Part 2."
"The excitement in the theater is - it's like if you go to a concert to watch your favorite band and the excitement that builds up right before they come on - when the movie starts and the lights go down, and everybody is just 'Yay!' and clapping. It is just excitement," Martinez said.
Martinez, holding her first spot in line for when her two daughters, ages 6 and 8, get out of school, said the first-showing is unlike any other.
"When you come to the movies, just any movie, everyone is talking and being rude. But here, everyone has waited so long to see it that everyone is respectful," Martinez said.
Bonnie Hernandez, 20, who waited in line for the double feature with her three girlfriends, agreed.
She said they came out for a girls' night and for the romance of the movies.
"It gives you your little time to indulge in your fantasy," Hernandez said. "It is a fantasy world that you can only experience. No one understands - if you try to bring your boyfriends or husbands, they are just like, 'Really?'"
Those in line, many of whom who took the day off from work for the showing, laughed and nodded.
Una Cooke, 29, said her husband was on daddy-duty Thursday with the kids for just that reason.
"To me, it is just my time for me. I don't have the kids running around where I can't hear the movie. To me, I just get to sit and watch the movie," Cooke said.
Even though she came by herself, Cooke said she recognized many of the women in line from other "Twilight" showings and said they all visit as they wait - even watching each other's stuff when they leave to use the restroom or get food.
Having been to the midnight showing of all four previous movies, Jessica Arvizu, 29, said those in the queue form a camaraderie.
"For 'New Moon,' they had the line out here and it was raining, and that is when we were like, we are coming early so we can be inside," Arvizu said, laughing.
Even though many have also read the books, Martinez said she is still anxious about the movie.
"There is supposed to be a new ending," Martinez said. "Hopefully they keep it going with different ones."
Even though they are excited, the release of the last movie is bittersweet to many.
"I don't think anything is going to compare. I don't think I'll get into anything like this," Cooke said.