Fans gather at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for the debut of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Extra security was at the Space and Rocket Center Thursday night.

The theater was packed for the first two showings of the newest Star Wars movie Rogue One.

Star Wars fans weren't just excited about the movie but also the unique viewing experience.  Huntsville is one of eight places in the world where you can view this film on 70mm film in an IMAX dome.

A lot of work went into the Rogue One showings at the IMAX Spacedome in Huntsville. "To build the print they don't just come assembled.  They come in multiple boxes that we have to splice together." said Becky Palmer, manager of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's theaters.

Becky Palmer and two others spent twelve hours putting the film together.  She said the finished product is something you just can't beat.

"Beyond amazing.  It's so much work but it's worth every minute of it and it's amazingly fun," said Palmer.

While older Star Wars fans were ecstatic about the unique experience, younger ones were interested in this guy.

Wayne Neumaier says he's wanted his own R2-D2 since he was eight years old. When the trailer for Episode VII came out, he researched how to build one. "He has about 108 sound effects," said Neumaier.

Four months and a few thousand dollars later his childhood dream became reality.

"I kept mine pretty simple so he can move, he can turn his head, he can beep,  and he can even play music at the same time," said Neumaier.

If you weren't able to make it Thursday, you can still have the same experience.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be shown at the Space and Rocket Center four times a day through February.

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