Residents began lining up at 8:30 am today for Cinemark at the AV Mall and at 6 pm Wednesday for Cinemark Movies 22 in Lancaster for the final installment in the Harry Potter movies.
Two of the first in line were Melody Matlock, 19, and her friend Jenny Arevalo, 18, who arrived at the Lancaster Cinemark at 6 pm Wednesday to watch the midnight showing. Signs for the different movie times were already set up for the expected crowds of people 12 hours before show time.
The girls’ strategy is to sit smack in the middle of the theatre because of the acoustics. “We wanted good seats and it’s the last movie,” explained Arevalo. “It all plays perfect right in the middle.”
Matlock and Arevalo both found the books by J.K. Rowling and the movies to be a magical experience. “It’s unique, honestly, for me it was life changing because I never used to read and when I started reading the series it just opened my mind to this huge world that you didn’t even know existed and she (Rowling) just writes so well it’s incredible,” said Arevalo. “I couldn’t even fathom that.”
“I’m hoping that she starts a new series,” added Matlock.
Arevalo tried reading Twilight but the experience just wasn’t the same. “Nothing can compare to this, nothing,” said Arevalo. “Stephanie Meyer can write, but ‘Harry Potter’ is a once in a lifetime thing that…will never happen again.”
Christina Rodriguez, 25; her sister Frances Rodriquez, 20; cousin Skye-lyn Lew, 12; along with two other friends, arrived at the Antelope Valley Mall Cinemark at 8:30 this morning to be the first in line. “It’s like an every year thing we do it all the time,” said Christina Rodriguez. The group of friends will be watching the double feature of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2.
To occupy their time until the midnight showing the girls brought video games, playing cards and IPods. “We always come early so we’re prepared,” said Christina who said they’ve done this for all the Harry Potter movies. The Lancaster Cinemark offered a package deal of all seven movies on July 13 and 14 but the girls passed that up to watch the movies at home before they came.
The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be showing on all 22 screens at the Lancaster Cinemark, while the AV Mall Cinemark will feature the movie on eight screens. Half of the shows are already sold out in Lancaster and only the 3D version still has tickets in Palmdale.