Ellen Fisher was in for a surprise.
Determined to avoid a repeat of last year's Newport Beach Film Festival opening night — where she arrived a half hour before the start of the film — the Orange resident made her way to Edwards Big Newport with two hours to spare Thursday.
"We were almost late," the 70-year-old recalled. "We were way down the street in line."
Although Fisher and her husband, Bill, 66, expected to be quite a ways down the road, they found a spot right at the top of the queue.
"Ta-da!" she remarked.
The 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival kicked off with a world premiere