Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh transforms for 'Star Wars'

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Christopher Moore wouldn't call himself the biggest Star Wars fan ever, but he is planning to see the new movie 11 times.

He has tickets to watch "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" three times Thursday night, four times on Friday and four more times on Saturday.

"I watched the movies in theater as a kid and I watched all the prequels five times," Moore said.

His first time seeing "The Force Awakens" was with so many others at the sold out 7 p.m. showing Thursday at the Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

There are an estimated 22 million tickets still available this weekend for "The Force Awakens," as theaters add new showings in response to the demand and excitement of fans.

For Moore, the Star Wars movies are more than just movies. They actually inspired him to be the filmmaker he is today.

"I realized how films can have an impact on you whether it makes you laugh makes you cry makes you jump, makes you cheer and Star Wars has all those types of things," Moore said.

Marbles also made it more about the movie for fans. Starting with the 7 p.m. Thursday showing, the theater will show the movie for 33 consecutive hours. Before each screening, Marbles IMAX is providing Star Wars themed pre-show entertainment in the "Marbles Spaceport."

That entertainment is complete with games and photo ops with characters such as R2-D2 and Darth Vader.

Seven-year-old Conner Bodle described being "infinity percent" excited and his face lit up when he saw R2-D2 greet him before he entered the movie theatre.

The Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles is located at 201 East Hargett Street in Downtown Raleigh. For information on tickets and showtimes, call (919) 882-IMAX or visit the website at All pre-show activities are included in the ticket price.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of Lucasfilm and ABC11.

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