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Yakima Twi-Hards waited patiently to watch "Eclipse" early Wednesday

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The Twi-hards came out in full force Wednesday morning for the chance to be first in town to see the latest film in the Twilight Saga.

People lined up hours in advance for the screening of "Eclipse" that sold out quickly. They had to buy tickets weeks before and even then the lines were long just to get inside the theater.

Fans say it was worth staying up at night and waiting to get their seat.

"It was great," said Madison Ray. "Like the rush in your heart and the tears falling out of your eyes."

"Even though it's late it does catch your attention," said Fabiola Hernandez. "It's worth the wait and 2 o'clock in the morning, it was worth it."

Twilight fans leaving the theater say "Eclipse" is their favorite so far in the series and it was the most loyal to the book. No one seemed bothered by showing up at midnight, they say the movie was entertaining and kept you alert throughout the two hours.

Members of the early-morning audience were surprised by the turnout in Yakima.

"We knew there were fans but we didn't know there were this many," said Hernandez.

"I didn't think we had to go back over there [at the back of the building]," added her friend Andrea Asparta. "I thought it was a couple of people out here [in front]."

"It's insane," said Ray. "All these people no where to park, lining up in the back."

Everyone was also in agreement they would go to a midnight screening again including the next Twilight film. The line for the first showing started at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and wrapped around the theater by 9:00 p.m.

Before the midnight screening had finished, later show times for Wednesday had already sold out.