Star Wars fans turn up for latest franchise installment

Many of Thursday's showings of Rogue One were sold out weeks in advance

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Star Wars fans proved Thursday they are ready to feel the force again!

Moviegoers in West Springfield came out in bulk to check out “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” which is the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise. The movie doesn’t officially open until Friday, but many theaters had early showings for die-hard fans.

Early audience reactions from ‘Rogue One’ premiere

22News spoke to Jason Ritchie of Westfield who has been a fan of the movies since the first installment. “It’s a lot of fun, the special effects keep getting better and better and the Star Wars legacy just won’t die!”

Many of Thursday’s showings of Rogue One were sold out weeks in advance.