Bettina’s Take: ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1’ Cinema Society Screening

Ashley Greene Nikki Reed Breaking Dawn - Part 1

There are screenings—and then there are Twilight screenings.

Twilight screenings are shrouded (if you'll pardon the term) in secrecy. The venue is kept under wraps until the last minute, mobile devices are checked at the door, and the vibe is unique—very insider.

The Cinema Society's New York screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 may have been missing Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, but the excitement was still palpable as Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli and Nikki Reed walked in.

The Twilight saga has wrapped, but the bond it created between cast members lives on.

"We see each other even though we're done filming," Greene told FashionEtc, who stunned in a custom-designed Donna Karan dress (DKNY sponsored the event).

"Twilight was a great experience and opened up so many opportunities, I'm looking forward to my next projects," she added.

I asked Greene about her funniest moment when filming Part 1.

"The birthing scene was kind of funny because we were a little uncomfortable and out of our element," the actress admitted. "We would be really intense—and then they would yell, 'Cut!' and it was like we were part of ER, yelling 'scalpel!', and other things. It was actually a very funny day on set."

Lisa Howard, who plays Siobhan, a vampire in the Irish Coven, had a great time bowling (yes, they went bowling) and joking around with other members of the cast.

"We all did one of those dance flash mob things to surprise the director, Bill Condon. We did the dance of the Volturi, and the dance of all of the other vampires. We all surprised him, and that was really fun!," Howard recalled.

Newlywed Nikki Reed, in a skin-baring Michael Kors Resort 2012 number, could relate to the wedding scene, especially in the wardrobe woes department.

"I could relate to the moment when Bella said to Charlie, 'I hope I don't fall,' because I said that too—it's driving me crazy, my shoes, my dress was so heavy," Reed explained to FashionEtc. "I hadn't rehearsed in my dress. We got married at the top of a cliff and I had to walk down a cobblestone hill and I said, 'I'm probably going to fall! I'm not going to wear any shoes!'"

As Andie McDowell, Courtney Love, Calvin Klein and Nick Gruber, Abigail Breslin and Olivier Theyskens took their seats, everyone waited with baited breath to see The Dress.

Carolina Herrera outdid herself: form-fitting, clean lines in the front, a sexy lace cutout in the back with white buttons down the center and on the sleeves. Bella (Kristen Stewart) was a vision to behold.

The film was a dream come true for all the Twihards in the room, but be forewarned: It will leave you hanging at the end just like its predecessors. The marketing people behind this franchise know what they're doing.

Greene, Reed and Facinelli all showed up for the after-party at the newly opened Sons of Essex, where Grey Goose cocktails and truffled ricotta and arugula pizza were being consumed by the tray-full. There was some delicious rare skirt steak too, for the vampire in all of us.

I ran into Lisa Howard again, and told her that I didn't see her or the Irish coven on screen.

"That's in Part 2," she told us. "You'll have to see Part 2."

Photo: Nikki Reed and Ashley Greene at the Cinema Society & DKNY screening of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 in New York City