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You’ve heard it in the news, you’ve seen it online, and chances are you might have seen the onslaught of fans lining up and enjoying Star Wars: The Force Awakens screenings since last night’s big premiere. But were you one of the not-so-few and proud that made your way to the multiplex dressed as your favorite character? The folks we’re about to show you were, and they’ve done quite a bang up job.

Our first group comes from Charlotte, NC, as a group of Imperial officers, under the watchful command of Kylo Ren, captured a princess, a young girl, and a couple of news reporters. We hear the interrogation was light, but a little ticklish.

While some theaters were more restrictive than others, there are still some decent photos of lightsaber action going on at certain opening night showings. This Kylo Ren cosplayer was one of the lucky folks that got to wield his weapons of a more elegant time, and he even brought two in case there were any random opponents who wanted in on the fun.

Re-watching the original trilogy in the run up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we can safely say Yoda and Darth Vader never faced off, especially with Luke Skywalker and a Stormtrooper to watch on. That said… we kind of wish we could have seen that, especially after the Detroit Free Press shared this group photo.

From left: Melissa Vest from Sterling Heights dressed as Yoda, Jamie Reynolds dressed as Luke Skywalker and his son...

Posted by Detroit Free Press on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Of course, what would an opening night cosplay gallery be without the legendary 501st Stormtrooper Garrison! Here’s some of their upstanding members at a theater in Athens, Georgia – all ready to watch their next costume upgrades in action on the big screen!

Fun Opening Night with the 501st Stormtrooper Garrison at Ovation last night! Great Friday seats still available. Come...

Posted by Ovation Cinema on Friday, December 18, 2015

Apparently fans of Star Wars are so dead set on preserving the experience for everyone, that they’re politely reminding members of the press to watch what they report. At least, that’s the only explanation we could come up with for a life sized Chewbacca lifting up a Dallas reporter at the Alamo Drafthouse last night.

And how can we talk about cosplayers waiting in line without mentioning Caroline Ritters and Andrew Porter, aka that lovely couple who flew all the way to the TCL Chinese Theater from Australia? Their mission was not only to see the film, but also to get married in front of the theater on the night of the U.S. premiere. Well, it went off without a hitch, and The Knot nabbed the photos of the happy couple, in a Star Wars themed gown and Jedi robe for the bride and groom, respectively.

In case you haven’t already seen it yourself, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters now. So choose your costume appropriately, and don’t forget to share your photos with everyone!