A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, the original Star Wars opened in theaters to masses of happy fans. Today, one cinema chain is hoping to bring back some of that magic by rereleasing the original Star Wars Trilogy to the silver screen this summer.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema recently announced that it would be hosting special screenings of the three original Star Wars films in 20 cities nationwide. Come August, Star Wars lovers will be able to watch Episode IV – A New Hope, Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI – Return of the Jedi in theaters and in their 1997 rerelease format.
After the critical and commercial success of last year's Episode VII - The Force Awakens — and Mark Hamill's high level of involvement in the coming Episode VIII — it makes sense that fans would want to keep this nostalgia train rolling with a refresher course on George Lucas's works. And, for many newer franchise fans, being able to see the iconic space saga in theaters has rarely been an option.
According to Henri Mazza, the Alamo Drafthouse’s VP of Special Events, it's been a long-held dream of his team to bring the original trilogy back to theaters on a grand scale:
“It’s always been a dream to show the original STAR WARS trilogy again — somehow, someway. Seeing the original trilogy on the big screen for the first time is a real life-altering event and just a supreme amount of fun. When the films became available to book for screenings like these, we jumped at the chance to do something big.”
Not only will the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas be showing the three movies, but every theatergoer will have a unique and individual experience, depending on the screening they attend:
Each 'Return of the Trilogy' screening will be its own one-of-a-kind event! Some will be galactic-sized triple feature marathons, while others will even take place beneath the actual stars! All shows will feature specially curated videos & clips between films, contests (Jedi mind tricks, anyone?), props to bring the power of the Force to life, and loads of other STAR WARS insanity.
The cinema chain jumped at the chance, and boy are we glad it did. I don't know about you, but I'll be purchasing my tickets as soon as they're available on May 4 (Star Wars Day, of course).
Check out the list below to see when The Return of the Trilogy roadshow will be near you:
August 6 — San Francisco, CA / The Warfield
August 6 — Kansas City, MO / The Midland Theatre
August 6 — Washington, D.C. / Warner Theatre
August 6 — Los Angeles, CA / The Theatre at the Ace Hotel
August 6 — New York, NY / The Town Hall
August 6 — Miami, FL / Olympia Theatre
August 6 — San Antonio, TX / Majestic Theatre
August 7 — New York, NY / Kings Theatre
August 7 — Dallas, TX / Majestic Theatre
August 11-13 — Austin, TX / The Long Center for the Performing Arts
August 13 — Philadelphia, PA / The Keswick Theatre
August 13 — Louisville, KY / Brown Theatre
August 20 — Oakland, CA / Paramount Theatre
August 27 — Boston, MA / The Boston Opera House
Date TBD — Houston, TX / Venue TBD
Date TBD — Denver, CO / Venue TBD
Visit Drafthouse.com to buy your tickets to the Return of the Trilogy.