PHOTO GALLERY: Harry Potter fans await midnight opening of final film

Friday, July 15, 2011 | 1:27 p.m. CDT
Refreshments in hand, a single moviegoer enters Forum 8 Theaters moments after being granted entry. A multitude of fans looped around the perimeter of Forum 8, awaiting the midnight Thursday start time of the final installment in the Harry Potter film series.

COLUMBIA — The eighth and final Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," opened at midnight Thursday. The midnight showing at Forum 8 Theaters was heavily anticipated by the large crowd of Harry Potter fans lined up waiting to enter the movie theater, receive 3D glasses and watch the last film in the movie franchise.

Columbia Police Department Sgt. Candy Cornman, eyes adorned with 3D glasses, watches the crowd of Harry Potter moviegoers at Forum 8 Theaters. The final Harry Potter film premiered at midnight Thursday.
Employees at Forum 8 Theaters check ticket stubs and distribute 3D glasses to the Harry Potter film's audience Thursday night. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" is the final installment in the series' movie franchise.
Billy Borgmeyer, left, and Ellen Gold sit on the lawn of Forum 8 Theaters after being displaced by scores of customers at the entrance. They were at the theater Thursday, opening night of the final Harry Potter film.
Emily Pintel, left, and Emily Brennan station themselves on the sidewalk just outside of the Forum 8 movie theater's entrance. They and scores of other Harry Potter fans waited hours to see the film's midnight Thursday showing.

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Louis Schneebaum July 15, 2011 | 1:38 p.m.

Every time I go to the theater (one of the corporate theaters, specifically), there are police officers present. Does the theater have to pay extra to staff their business with armed police?

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