Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2." (Andrew Cooper, Summit Entertainment)
To everything, there is a season.

A time to reap. A time to sow. A time to laugh. A time to cry.

A time to wait in line for vampire movies. And a time to not do that anymore.

Local fans marked the end of an era before the final movie installment of the Twilight saga, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," hit screens Thursday night.

"I want to see Edward shimmer just one more time," Desiree Morales said, referencing the undead heartthrob of the Twilight franchise.

Tori Walker brought tissues with her to Frank Theatres in York Township.

"My tear ducts are ready," her friend Jordan Knittinger said. The high-school seniors got hooked on the movies as eighth-graders.

The first movie - "Twilight" - spawned a mania that produced four more films and billions in box office sales.

Jylana Thomas, 32, came to pay her respects Thursday with her sisters, mother and 67-year-old grandmother. Like Twilight heroine Bella in "Breaking Dawn - Part 1," Thomas is due to give birth any day now.

All three generations sported yellow and lime green plaid pajama pants - 2011 Christmas gifts they waited until Thursday to wear. It had been the same for every other Twilight premiere.

"I think it's more sad that the tradition is over," she said.

Although there will be no more midnight screenings, the Twilight obsession will live on through the books, DVDs and memorabilia.

Both Knittinger and Walker went home to Edward - in cardboard cutout form - Friday morning.

"People think I'm hiding a man in my closet," Knittinger said.

"It scares my parents," Walker said of the life-sized likeness of a vampire.


What: "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is the fifth and final film in the series based off Stephenie Meyer's book series.

Rated: PG-13

Time: 115 minutes

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

Where can you see them: You can catch the movies at most of the area's major theaters, Frank Theatres Queensgate Stadium 13, R/C Hanover Movies, Regal 13. For more on the area movie scene, visit

Online: Check out FlipSide's storify of the premiere at

Fans spend day in theater for Twilight

Hannah Smalko wanted to see "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," but she didn't want to abandon her scholarly responsibilities. While hanging out with friends before the premiere, she was studying for her history class at Central York High School.

She and three friends, Jordan Nittinger, Morgan Webb and Tori Walker, were there to see the 10:05 p.m. premiere. They were thankful that the screening wasn't at midnight like previous Twilight premieres.

"For academic reasons, it's much better," Nittinger said.

Mike Lake needed to stretch his legs, so he took a walk around the lobby.

The 27-year-old was attending the marathon, which included the five consecutive Twilight films, at Frank Theatres with his wife, Ashlee. He arrived at 7:30 p.m. Thursday after work. Ashlee had been there since noon. She was one of about 100 people who spent the day immersed in Twilight.

- Pat Abdalla

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