'Breaking Dawn' Will Have 10 p.m. Debut in Addition to Midnight Show

Fans won't have to stay out quite so late this year, on a school night, to catch the debut of the last in the popular "Twilight" film series.

Fans waiting to see The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, Part 2 when it debuts Thursday will get a chance to see the premiere without staying up until 3 a.m. this year.

Previous premiers of the films (the first — Twilight—debuted in November 2008) in Northern Virginia have seen lines of middle-school and high-school students at the midnight shows. Presumably there was lots of yawning the next day.

The blockbuster films, based on the four books by Stephenie Meyer, star Kristen Stewart as Bella, an average girl who meets Edward, a vampire (played by Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (played by Taylor Lautner), a werewolf.

The film debuting this week will be the fifth and final in the series. It is the second half of Breaking Dawn, Part 1 and is based on Meyer's fourth book.

In addition to seeing the movie at an earlier start time, "Twihards" will also be able to watch all five of the films in the series — for one day only, Thursday —back to back at area movie theaters, in a marathon that starts between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. depending on the theater. 

Area theaters, including Phoenix Theaters Worldgate 9 here in Herndon, Bow Tie Cinemas in Reston Town Center and Regal Countryside in Sterling, will begin showing the film at 10 p.m. Thursday, instead of the just the usual midnight show. Phoenix and Bow Tie will also have later showings at 12:01 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. All three theaters will participate in the marathons of the Twilight series. 

Marathon showings begin at 11:30 a.m. at Bow Tie and Regal Countryside, and 12:30 p.m. at Worldgate 9. Tickets range from $15-$20. 

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