CLEVELAND-- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in theaters Thursday and excitement is being felt right here in Northeast Ohio.
In fact, superfans are already claiming their seats some 24 hours before the movie starts.
Wednesday night, the force was strong with "Star Wars" fans at the Cinemark Theater in Valley View.
"Luckily, they let us claim our seats early," said Brandt Fundak, of Cleveland.
Fundak brought his two boys for the "Star Wars" Marathon that starts at 3:00 am Thursday morning.
"I saw "Return of the Jedi" with my dad in 1983 when I was 8. I have a 10 and eight-year-old so I want to share the experience with them and we will watch every movie that was ever made," said Fundak.
The marathon runs until the premiere of the movie at 7:00 Thursday night.
Meantime, cinema owners remind fans to leave their stormtrooper helmets at home.
Lightsabers may be permitted, but turn them off during the show.
"It feels really exciting. I have to go home and go to bed because the marathon starts at three in the morning and goes until 10 that night," said Noah Fundak, son.