As the highly anticipated "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opened Thursday night, Philadelphia fans lined up at area theaters for the first showings.

Many couldn't contain their excitement for the film on social media and were quick to share early reviews.

Here's a glimpse of scenes from local theaters as fans viewed the long-awaited movie Thursday night and Friday morning:

A photo posted by Joseph A. Gervasi (@josephagervasi) on Dec 17, 2015 at 7:51pm PST