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Yuba-Sutter fans make 'girl time' for last 'Twilight' film
Yes, many have heard from their families that spending hours in line for a movie doesn't make much sense.
And, OK, maybe it doesn't, some people conceded as they waited Thursday outside the Cinemark Yuba City theater to see "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2."
But it's fun, a chance for females to bond and turns a film into a special event, they added.
"Waiting in line just adds to the entire experience," said Marysville resident Roxanna Lepe, 25.
Twenty-five-year-old Jaclyn Wooten of Marysville said her boyfriend gets up at 3 a.m. to go hunting. Wooten figures waiting hours for the "Twilight" movies is no worse. She sat on a chair next to her friend April Kale, 26, of Live Oak.
"For me, it's strictly the girl time," Wooten said.
Seeing all five of the vampire-themed movies cost $25 and started at noon. The first "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" — and the new "Part 2," released Thursday — was a $16 ticket.
Louise Keller, 23, of Live Oak bought 20 of them.
"We're just here for the story and to be together," Keller said.
She bought the tickets for family, friends and co-workers.
And Keller wore the quilt she made from about 20 T-shirts of "Twilight" characters. When people see the quilt, they want to know where they can buy one.
"I just say, 'well, I made it,'" she said.
Yuba City resident Todd Huckabee, 21, and Lisa Eddy, 20, of Linda made it to the front of the line for the 10 p.m. showing of "Twilight" by arriving at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The temperature dropped to the mid-30s overnight, and Eddy said her next overnight wait for a movie would have to happen during the summer.
Scott Howard, 28, of Yuba City, and his fiancé, Sally Lavender, 23, were next in line in a gray tent that he called the bat cave. He wore a Batman costume because it kept him warm.
Lavender had a baseball jersey with a coat of arms for the Cullen family from the "Twilight" films.
The film and books take her back to her teens, she said.
"It was the perfect fantasy of love," Lavender said. "It's just a sweet love story." The movies split filmgoers into Team Edward and Team Jacob for fans of the two lead actors, a division that leaves Lepe in the Edward Cullen camp.
"Everyone loves Jacob just because he's shirtless all the time," Lepe said.
Yuba City resident Carlos Lejarza, 27, joined her in the line.
"I usually do this for shoes," he said. "This is my first time doing it for a movie."
Lejarza remembers more than 500 people in line at a Sacramento mall two years ago to buy the Jordan Space Jam basketball shoe.
He bought a pair of the $180 shoes, but most people didn't after the mall was shut down, he recalled.
The scene at Cinemark for the movie was not as dramatic, but provided its own moments, he added.
"I didn't know it was like this," he said of the "Twilight" love.