Inside the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' world premiere and party

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Hollywood has seen plenty of big premieres over the years, with Marvel superheroes, A-list stars and plenty of glamorous after-parties taking over the iconic Hollywood Blvd. But none of that compares to the massive premiere held for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday night.

Disney and Lucasfilm hosted the premiere for J.J. Abrams' return to a galaxy far, far away in all three theaters on Hollywood Blvd.: The Dolby Theatre (where the Oscars are held), the TCL Chinese Theatre and El Capitan Theatre.

A long white tent took over Hollywood Blvd. and hosted both the red carpet before the screening and the massive party after the screening.

All of the stars attended and walked the red carpet, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson along with original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

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Before the premiere, guests walked along the tent, which stretched several blocks from Orange to Hollywood Blvd., taking in a slew of Star Wars decorations, from Storm Troopers to LEGO designs of main characters like Rey and Kylo Ren.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Sofia Vergara attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Gwendoline Christie attends the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor Dominic Sherwood attends the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd arrives at the Premiere Of Walt Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Directors George Lucas (L) and J.J. Abrams attend the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Caterina Scorsone attends the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Sarah Hyland attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor John Boyega arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Director Russ Lamoureux, actress Constance Zimmer and guest attend the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor Oscar Isaac attends the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Gina Rodriguez attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: TV personality Mario Lopez attends the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor Josh Gad attends the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Reza Jarrahy and Geena Davis attend the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the Dolby Theatre on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Writer/director J.J. Abrams attends the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Composer Michael Giacchino attends Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Recording artist Becky G attends Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor Andy Serkis attends the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Katherine McNamara attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Elizabeth Banks arrives at the Premiere Of Walt Disney Pictures And Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Daisy Ridley arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor Seth Green attends the World Premiere of ÂStar Wars: The Force Awakens at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: TV personality Catt Sadler attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor Adam Driver attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the Dolby Theatre on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Carrie Fisher arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Recording artist Bonnie McKee arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre and El Capitan Theatre on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Billie Lourd attends the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Austin Swift arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre and El Capitan Theatre on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Jaime King attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the Dolby Theatre on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Darby Stanchfield attends Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Cody Horn attends the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
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The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger took the stage first to speak to the crowd in the Dolby Theatre. His first act was to thank George Lucas, who was seated in the audience next to his good friend Steven Spielberg.

"None of this would be possible without the sheer genius ...; of George Lucas," said Iger, which brought the thousands-strong audience to its feet to salute Lucas.

Iger recalled how seeing the first movie when he was a youngster had an impact on him. "The movie changed for me forever," he said. "I stand here tonight humbled and incredible grateful," he added, talking about the opportunity to work on the relaunch of the franchise.

Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy joined Iger and Alan Horn onstage and started her comments off with a thought many people in the audience had as well: "Oh my god, I can't believe we're here."

"The Star Wars saga is about seemingly endless chance encounters," said Kennedy, before going on to detail the events going back decades that have connected her and other key players of the Star Wars movies.

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She mentioned how her stepfather in Northern California was the one who pulled Lucas out of the wreckage when the Star Wars creator had his infamous car crash as a teen. It was chance that brought her to work with Lucas years later and his best friend, Spielberg. It was happenstance that Spielberg's lost super 8 movies were found and that she hired two boys to restore them, and that one of those boys was a young J.J. Abrams.

"And when George offered me one of the greatest jobs in show business, only one person seemed perfect to direct (it)," she said. "Destiny, fate, was every one of these events moving towards this? Was it The Force? I think so."

She brought Abrams onstage who first thanked Lucas and his longtime mentor Spielberg. "It is an honor to here with you at this incredibly low-key premiere," he said to laughs.

Then he spoke directly to Spielberg: "I owe you everything already before you lobbied for me to get this movie," he said. "Dude, I'm tapped out."

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Abrams then thanked much of the crew before bringing the stars onstage. Fisher, Hamill and Ford all received standing ovations.

After the screening, the afterparty was held in the same sprawling tent on Hollywood Blvd. The celebrity guests, including directors Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Colin Trevorrow, Edgar Wright, Jon Favreau and Roland Emmerich. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who will helm the Han Solo stand-alone film, were also in attendance, seeing the film for the first time.

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Abrams was swarmed after the screening and couldn't walk two feet without enthusiastic audience members asking for autographs and photos. He obliged every one, while his handlers patiently watched. He was as sought after as the movie's stars, although he pooh-poohed the idea.

"I think the actors have it far worse than anyone behind the camera," Abrams told THR, adding that fans are key to the Star Wars universe. "I feel nothing but blessed to be part of it."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Stormtrooper cosplayer attends Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: A fan dressed as a Stormtrooper is viewed outside the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre and El Capitan Theatre on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Fans attend the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Fans attend the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: A view of fans outside the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre and El Capitan Theatre on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Fans attend the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Fans dressed in character wait in the stands at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Fans attend the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Star Wars fans Kai Charles (L) and Veronica Nunez (R) bundle up to keep warm from their place in line behind a barricade along Hollywood Boulevard following a cold rainy night as preparations are underway for the premiere of the latest Star Wars film, 'The Force Awakens', which premieres in Hollywood tonight. PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Star Wars fan Jessica Sisoev poses with her pillow while bundled up to keep warm from her place in line on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California where hardcore fans have been camped out, some since December 5, for the premiere of the latest Star Wars film, 'The Force Awakens', which premieres in Hollywood tonight. PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian couple Caroline Ritter and Andrew Porters hold their spot in a line of hardcore Star Wars fans who have been camped out ,following a cold rainy night, for the premiere of the latest Star Wars film, 'The Force Awakens', which has its Hollywood premiere tonight. Ritter and Porters, who have been camped outside the TCL Theater since December 5, will get married in the queue on the afternoon of December 17th when the film opening to the public in theaters. Ritter and Porter travelled to Los Angeles from their home in Singleton, Hunter Valley in new South Wales. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Film characters R2-D2, left, and C-3PO arrive at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: BB-8 attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at the Dolby Theatre on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
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Abrams also described a sense that the pressure on him was lifting now that the movie's release is imminent: "I feel more relief now that the movie is being seen. The worst part was the anticipation."

Also seeing it for the first time with an audience were many of the stars, including Boyega, who called it "very surreal." The actor, who stars as a Stormtrooper caught up on an epic adventure, was seen at the party talking to some of his many young fans, while also chatting with Iger, Chadwick Boseman and Greg Grunberg, who is also in The Force Awakens.

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Also spotted at the premiere were Matthew McConaughey and his family, Josh Gad (chatting with Walt Disney Animation and Pixar's John Lasseter), Zach Braff, Jason Bateman, Jamie King, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Bay and Brian Grazer, among others. Quincy Jones was seen chatting with Ford for a long time, Ford kneeling down to chat with the 82-year-old music producer who made his way through the crowded event in a wheel chair. "It's so great to see you," Ford said.

Favreau, chatting with Chris Hardwick during the party, was overheard saying "I'm a bit overwhelmed" when asked for his reaction to the film.

Hardwick responded: "I know, my brain just melted."

The Force Awakens opens wide on Friday.

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