It was a packed house. Dothan's Northside Cinemas sold out its nearly 800 tickets within six hours for the midnight showing of the new Batman movie.
Batman "The Dark Knight" opened in theaters at midnight.
It was a dark knight alright, but it wasn't just the movie.
Around 800 people came out Thursday night at midnight to become the first ones to see what critics call the most anticipated summer flick.
"Isn't it past your bedtime," we asked a child.
After shaking his head yes, one movie-goer replied, "It's summertime. You have plenty of time."
"I think this is the best movie ever," said Josiah Yance, just one of many movie-goers.
All three screens were showing to a packed room.
"I want to see it, I'm anxious to see it," says one woman waiting for the previews to start.
"It's the premiere. You have to come to the premiere. Why would you miss it? Are you crazy?" says Kelsey Goins, another movie-goer.
With a packed house, it can mean big bucks for the theater.
"The film companies are the ones that decide what movies we're allowed to have midnight shows for. It's more of a community service," says Karen Detter, the manager of Northside Cinema 1.
Even some from News 4 were caught staying up late to catch the movie.
"You've got to get here before everybody else does. You've got to be here on the opening night to see what it's all about," says Brad Sherwood, WTVY News 4.
There was an extra incentive given with each ticket purchase.
A portion of the proceeds from each ticket and select concessions were donated to the Wiregrass Area Food Bank.
For movie times in Dothan, visit: www.northsidecinemas.com.
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