In a Press Herald photograph from May 1999, fans wait in line in Falmouth to get tickets to “Star Wars: A Phantom Menace.”

On Dec. 17, 2015, fans enacted a sequel of the scene outside Portland’s Nickelodeon theater to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

A line forms outside the Nickelodeon in Portland before Thursday night's showing of

A line forms outside the Nickelodeon in Portland before Thursday night’s showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer John Patriquin /Staff Photographer

The Portland Room of the Portland Public Library is in the process of organizing and conserving the archival collection of original Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram and Evening Express photographic negatives — a major collection that spans from 1937 to 2005. Find more photos at www.pressherald.com/flashback/.