Star Wars fans have been snapping up tickets for the first screenings of the eagerly-anticipated new film The Force Awakens.
Sunderland's Empire Cinema is holding a special screening of the new film at five minutes past midnight on Thursday December 17, the day the movie is released in the UK.
Tickets are already on sale for the first screenings at the Sunderland cinema.
LucasFilm has also announced a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut during half-time at the New York Giants v Philadelphia Eagles American football game in Philadelphia today.
The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the franchise, is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, with flurries of excitement accompanying each trailer launch. The second teaser trailer, which debuted in April, has more than 64 million views on YouTube to date.