The Force is strong in York County theaters

Sean Philip Cotter

Allan Commack and Danielle Shank weren't 12 hours removed from their midnight viewing of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but they were back in a movie theater Friday morning, about to see it again.

Movie-goers dress for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at Regal West Manchester Stadium 13 in York, Pa. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (Dawn J. Sagert - The York Dispatch)

That's how much they liked it, they said.

"Hey, it's worth it, man," Commack said with a laugh.

Commack, 21, of Dover, and Shank, 20, of Dover Township, were this time accompanied by their friend Mita Ingraham, also 20 and of Dover Township. Ingraham hadn't seen it yet, so she, standing there in the entryway of the Regal Cinemas on Loucks Road in West Manchester Township in a sweatshirt with the iconic Stormtrooper suit design on it, was psyched to, especially with how much her friends were talking it up.

"This was on par with the originals," Commack said.

Shank agreed; they both were glad it wasn't another "'Phantom Menace' kind of thing," where it was a let down, as they viewed the 1999 prequel to the original series.

"I was real worried," Shank said.

Danielle Shank, 20, of Dover Township, pauses near a Star Wars poster before seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens with friends at Regal West Manchester Stadium 13 Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (Bill Kalina - The York Dispatch)

They thought this one struck the perfect balance — this one had cool new characters and plot while keeping true to the first movies in the series.

"There were the perfect nods to the originals," Commack said.

Commack and Shank went to the Frank Theaters in York Township on Thursday night to catch the midnight showing, which actually started at 10 p.m.

"We saw a dude walking around in a Stormtrooper suit," Commack said.

The suit apparently had speakers that periodically played the music from the cantina scene in the original Star Wars.

Dover Township resident Laura Schreiber also came into the Regal Cinemas Friday morning, picking up tickets for her and her 20-year-old son to go see the movie later in the day.

"For the time, that was cutting edge," she said.Schreiber, 47, said she loved the originals when she was a kid.

"There was nothing else like that."