Those enchanted by the cinematic adaptations of Stephenie Meyer's series of four "Twilight" novels -- in which human teenager Bella (Kristen Stewart) falls head over heels for vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) -- will fill at least eight local theater auditoriums and Lubbock's Stars & Stripes Drive-In, after midnight tonight.
The very first showings of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" officially can be shown at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Obviously, comparisons are being made to the similar decision to release the final Harry Potter novel in two cinematic halves.
But "Twilight" fans, known as Twihards, have been just as enthusiastic about wanting to see most of the lengthy, final "Twilight" novel's drama saved on screen.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" likely will open in November 2012.
The original "Twilight" was released on Nov. 21, 2008. "New Moon" followed on Nov. 20, 2009, and "Eclipse" was a summer release on June 30, 2010.
"Eclipse" received the best overall reviews.
Lubbock's Tinseltown and Movies 16 both will open four individual prints of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1," or eight in all, this weekend.
Local drive-in owner Ryan Smith pointed out his theater now matches the picture quality of indoor theaters because the Stars & Stripes also uses digital prints.
Thousands of "Twilight" fans also have taken advantage of opportunities to see "Twilight" marathons, with a limited number of screens allowing viewers to again view the first three films in the series -- "Twilight," "New Moon" and "Eclipse" -- before returning for a new cinematic chapter in which Bella and Edward marry.
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