Latest 'Twilight' flick gets midnight run; it may eclipse past movies
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Shawna Alderson, Bergen Amundson, Shania Alderson, Natasha Twamley and David Winsor of Port Angeles, from left, chat while waiting in line to purchase tickets to the first showing of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" outside the Lincoln Theater in Port Angeles on Monday. The first showing is just after midnight tonight. -- Photo by Chris Tucker/Peninsula Daily News

By Paige Dickerson
Peninsula Daily News

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STARTING TODAY,
the Port Angeles fans lining up outside the Lincoln Theater will have special entertainment.

"Twilight" trivia games will entertain fans as they line up to get their movie tickets, said Barb Frederick, Port Angeles Downtown Association executive director.

The downtown association has coordinated with Elwha River Casino to bring a 1953 Chevrolet pickup truck -- the model driven by Bella Swan, the heroine of Stephenie Meyer's vampire love story novels -- to the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain area at First and Laurel streets for photo opportunities from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The casino is coordinating a contest to give away the pickup -- which flashes a Washington state license plate that reads "Vampire."

To enter to win, people must sign up for a casino rewards card -- which is free to do online at www.elwharivercasino.com.

Dazzled by Twilight, a store specializing in Twilight memorabilia, is organizing events in Forks -- where the novels are set.

Forks will begin celebrating its Old Fashioned Fourth of July on Thursday through July 4.

• Today: A $350 VIP package revolves around the debut of "Eclipse."

A private tour of Forks, dinner at Kalaloch Lodge and a stroll on the beach is followed by a midnight showing of the movie in Aberdeen, before returning to Forks for an overnight stay.

For more information, visit www.dazzledbytwilight.com or phone 360-374-8678.

• Friday: At the free Eclipse Newborn Ball at The Twilight Lounge, 81 N. Forks Ave., guests will be encouraged to wear red, white or blue attire -- with formal attire preferred, but optional.

• Saturday: Throughout the day, Dazzled by Twilight, 11 N. Forks Ave., will hold trivia contests, look-alike contests, music and others for free.

The Twilight Lounge will have live music in the evening as well. The day will wrap up with a bonfire at dusk at Rialto Beach.

The Quileute tribe will host a special event Friday for the movie's release.

"Twilight" will be shown at 4 p.m. Friday at the A-Ka-Lat community center in LaPush, and "New Moon" will be shown at 6:30 p.m.

Admission will be $5 per person per movie.

A bonfire will be held at 9 p.m. on First Beach. Wolf blankets, earrings and necklaces, paddle necklaces, dream catchers and food will be available at the bonfire, according to organizer Jamie Hart.

Peninsula Daily News
Tonight's the night of the "Eclipse."

Technically, it'll be a half-hour into Wednesday for fans of the blockbuster novel and film series that debuts with its third -- and darkest -- movie, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

About a dozen fans had already lined up in Port Angeles by Monday morning, stretching the line west from the Lincoln Theater, where the reputed first movie date of lovers Edward and Bella was held and thus is sacred "Twilight" ground for diehard Twi-hard fans.

Perhaps because the Uptown Theater

in Port Townsend doesn't carry the fabled significance of the Lincoln, no fans were reported lined up Monday for tonight's midnight showing of "Eclipse."

Only ones on Peninsula

The Lincoln and the Uptown are the only cinemas on the North Olympic Peninsula that will show "Eclipse" when it goes into national release Wednesday.

Neither theater is selling advance tickets.

For Brianna Gilbeck of Port Angeles, who was the first person in line as of last Tuesday -- a full week before the movie's release -- the days have been long.

"Sometimes it gets kind of boring sitting here," she said.

But friends aplenty have shown up to entertain, and gazing passers-by never fail to interest.

Those leaving bars after hours provide nighttime entertainment.

At other times, the group takes turns waving at passing cars.

Taunting passers-by

But not all passers-by are nice, said Mary Jahns, a friend of Gilbeck who is keeping her company during the day.

Many of the cars passing will yell insults and obscenities at the teens, she said.

"I wouldn't care so much about us, but there are some really younger kids here," said Jahns, 17.

Bergen Amundson, 12, Natasha Twamley, 13, and Shania Alderson, 13, have been spending the night with Shania's mother supervising.

The group conspired to camp out as fans of the past movies and books.

Action-oriented

All three agree the more action-oriented Eclipse and fourth book Breaking Dawn are the best of the series and are looking forward to the big-screen versions.

"My favorite scene in the book is where Edward proposes to Bella," Alderson said.

Twamley said she had a different idea of the best scene.

"I like in the book where Bella punches Jacob and breaks her hand," she said.

"It is really funny."

Tickets go on sale at 5:20 p.m. today at the Lincoln Theater, 132 E. First St., Port Angeles, for showings at 7:25 p.m. of both previous "Twilight" movies and the 12:30 a.m. Wednesday screening of "Eclipse."

"Starting Wednesday, we'll also have ["Eclipse"] featured on two screens for at least three weeks," said Lincoln film buyer John Harsh.

Tickets are $20 for the triple feature; $10 for "Eclipse" only.

At the Uptown Theatre, 1120 Lawrence St, Port Townsend, "Eclipse" will be shown just after midnight tonight, with the box office opening at 11:15 p.m.

All tickets will be $8.

Rick Wiley of the Uptown said he didn't expect fans to line up much ahead of time.

"I've never had to turn someone away because our theater can hold 350 people," he said.

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Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or at paige.dickerson@peninsuladailynews.com.

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