Hordes of teenage girls gathered outside Lynn’s Majestic Cinema to wait up to five hours to see the new One Direction film on Thursday afternoon.
The fans had turned this first showing of One Direction – This is Us 3D into a complete sell-out, with queues out of the door from midday.
A group of 15-year-olds from Lynn were the first in the queue at 12.30pm.
Francesca Edgley, Yasmin Barnet, Emily Hammond and Claire Jolley said: “We love them because they’re the sort of boys we go to school with. They are so inspirational and so cute. I think there’s going to be a lot of screaming when the film starts and I think we might need some tissues!
“As soon as the film finishes we’re going straight home to Tweet the boys.”
Joining the queue later on were two 14-year-old friends from Lynn. Heidi White said: “I’ve supported them from the start on X-Factor and I went to the Up All Night tour which sold out. I just love them, they’re amazing!”
Charlotte Graver added: “I’ve supported them from the start as well. They’re so talented and down-to-earth. I hope that we’ll be able to see more about who they are in the film.”
The film promises fans a look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis and Harry’s meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London’s O2 Arena.
Directed by Morgan Spurlock, the film has received mixed reviews since its premiere in London on August 20.
But this has not fazed fans in Lynn who had dragged along aunts, mums and dads to wait in line with them.
Tom Cundy, general manager for Lynn’s Majestic Cinema, said: “The film has done really well with fans queuing for five hours before the film started. There was a lot of screaming, even during one of the adverts for Marks and Spencer.
“We had to take a few glow sticks off people, and there was a lot of standing up but it was great. A really different atmosphere for a film.
“We haven’t had anything like this since Twilight. It also sold out on Monday and a couple of times on Saturday.
“It’s definitely 95 per cent teenage girls and a few dads.”
The release coincided with Directioner, Liam’s birthday and the boys have been busy Tweeting their fans.
Liam Payne Tweeted: “Good morning everyone. Can’t quite believe my life, there’s no bigger birthday present than what you’ve done for me in three years. Thank you.”
Harry Styles, added: “What a day...”