The night that Michael Jackson fans have been waiting for has finally arrived.

This Is It chronicles the final months and days of the king of pop.

And the Scotiabank movie theatre downtown was packed Tuesday night with fans eager to get a first look at the film in Montreal.

There were midnight screenings in cities from Halifax to Victoria.

Worldwide debut

The tightly guarded film was only shown to members of Jackson's family and inner circle and a select group of industry professionals prior to Tuesday night. It is set for a two-week engagement in cinemas, though that run could be extended if the movie is a hit.

Culled from over 100 hours of behind-the-scenes footage, "This Is It" is part-documentary, part-concert film.

Performances of hits such as "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and "Smooth Criminal" are interspersed with candid moments with Jackson as the singer and his crew try to smooth the rough edges of an elaborate production.