Camping Out For the Twilight Premiere: A Look Back at the Previous Camp Outs

Everyone who is a Twilight fan knows that we camp out for events. If there is one thing that we are used to, it’s standing on long lines…overnight.  This week in Laura’s column she looks back at the premiere camping experience from its early days in Westwood with Twilight and New Moon, to the move downtown to LA Live with Eclipse and now Breaking Dawn.

Camping out for events has become practically synonymous with The Twilight Saga. This is especially true if the event involves limited seating/viewing and “The Big Trio”, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner. Camping has become so pervasive that Summit Entertainment has issued camping guidelines for the second year in a row, just to keep it all going smoothly and to ensure fan safety.  So, let’s take a look back at the whole premiere camping experience.

When the original Twilight came out in November 2008, fans started showing up in the Westwood area roughly two to three days before. At that time, the film had its premiere in the Mann Theatres that are paired across the street from each other. Reporters took note of the intensity of the red carpet, discovering that fans had slept out over two nights; something that never happens when it comes to independent films. There was definitely a passionate presence and a level of screaming on the red carpet that was new to many.  Veteran actors in the cast like Billy Burke quipped, “I’ve never f***ing seen anything like this.” At one point, when I was trying to communicate with the Twilight Lexicon staff reporter on site, I had to resort to text messaging because I couldn’t hear her over the non-stop screaming.

Well, if people thought Twilight was crowded, a year later New Moon produced a veritable swarm.

Check out the rest of the article here.

The photo is of who I like to think of as the reigning gold medalists of Twilight camping, Alison and company of TwiFans. As I’ve said before, they have raised event camping to an art form! They have some really fabulous advice here if you have never camped before.


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