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‘Star Wars’ fans crowd LI theaters for early ‘The Force Awakens’ screenings

Michael Rosenberger and from left his daughter Angie,

Michael Rosenberger and from left his daughter Angie, 4, and Mike Fusaro and his son Lucas, also 4, attend the 7 p.m. screening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at the UA Farmingdale Stadium 10. Credit: Daniel Goodrich

Forget Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theatre or Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is now the hot ticket Long Islanders are seeking. Before the weekend begins, the film has made more than $100 million just in presales.

Sean Fader, 27, of Bohemia bought his tickets back in mid-October the minute they went on sale.

“At work we’ve been counting down the days,” said Fader, whose friends call him Darth Vader because of his similar last name. “I was so amped when I saw Han Solo and Chewbacca in the trailer. It was like going back in time.”

The rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the fans at the UA Farmingdale Stadium 10 theater, where hopes were riding high.

“I finally get to see what happens to Princess Leia and Han Solo,” said Esther Kramer, 44, of Farmingdale, who wore a T-shirt donning the silhouette of the princess saying “I Love You” while her husband’s shirt had Han Solo’s figure saying, “I Know.” “I’ve waited over 30 years for this moment!”

Michael Rosenberger, 37, of West Babylon was a bit apprehensive at first because he didn’t care for the prequels.

“Once I saw the previews I knew right away it was going to be a new start,” said Rosenberger. “I have a lot of respect for director J.J. Abrams. He’s really proven himself with the ‘Star Trek’ films.”

As fans exited the theater from the first showing at 7 p.m., they were simultaneously pleased and relieved.

“It was incredible . . . I’m pleasantly surprised. My heart didn’t stop the entire movie,” said Fred Schaefer, 29, of Bellmore. “They really paid homage to the original films. It had the same feel.”

Justin Morcillo, 24, of Syosset was a little doubtful going in but his worries instantly evaporated.

“Within the first 10 minutes, I was like, ‘This is a “Star Wars” movie,’ ” said Morcillo. “It fit right in perfectly with the others. I’m ready for the next one.”

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