Star Wars super fans gear up for ‘The Force Awakens’ premiere

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Some fans, like Jay Carlton from Murfreesboro, have waited a long time for the next Star Wars Movie.

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(Photo: WKRN)

Thirty-two years, to be exact.

“It’s a huge night. I watied from 1983 until today, 32 years for this movie,” Carlton told News 2.

Theaters are prepared for the crowd of fans that will flock to see ‘The Force Awakens.’

At Regal Cinemas in Green Hills, costumes are allowed but no toy weapons and no face paint will be permitted.

The movie release has provided a lot of fun for the city of Nashville, like these TDOT signs:

Professor of Music at Belmont University Richard Shadinger has been playing the carillon for about 20 years, but for the first time in his career at the university, he played music from the Star Wars soundtrack on the bell tower carillon.

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(Photo: WKRN)

“I have seen all the movies, grew up with my children watching the first ones so yes, I have been in Star Wars all these years,” Shadinger told News 2.

Belmont University’s social media specialist Lougan Bishop set up the event.

“I thought it would be a lot of fun if we played some Star Wars music on the Carillon. He thought it was a great idea. We collaborated and make this happen,” Bishop said.

Bishop is headed to the movie tonight, but not in costume. “I am going to go straight from work and Belmont is not too big on me wearing Jedi robes to work. Otherwise I probably would,” he said.

The 7 p.m. showing in Green Hills is sold out, but there are still tickets to other showings available.

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