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(FanFest)   Once upon a time (May 25, 1977) in a galaxy far, far away (Los Angeles) there was a thing   (fanfest.com) divider line
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2022-05-25 10:43:00 AM  
On Twitter, both those who were old enough to see its first run in theaters and those who arrived at it later throughout the last half-century....

I saw it in the theater at 6 years old.  I was so young, I remember it in "sections" - where I was sitting in relation to the screen, the crowd, getting into the theater from the parking lot, and all the coolest scenes (which was most of the movie).  I had nightmares about the garbage compactor.

And after that, we didn't see it again until everyone got cable in the early-mid 80s.  The *entire* neighborhood got cable at the same time.  It was a 30-ish channel *manual* dial box hooked to an RF Modulator (like everything else you plugged into your TV at the time).  *Everyone's* first cable package had HBO, Cinemax and The Movie Channel.  All three had rights to Ep. IV and for weeks, you could watch it back-to-back across all three channels.  I watched in countless times and never got tired of it.
 
2022-05-25 11:01:59 AM  
Watched it first run in a theater with a bunch of friends. We were all just "post college" and a couple knew about movie special effects and how they were done.

Then the star destroyer flew overhead and everyone in the group basically went "Holy Crap" and we knew then and there a new level of movie making was happening.
 
2022-05-25 11:10:32 AM  
I was 9, and haven't shut up about it since.

Except for the 1990s.  People forget that Star Wars was fringe in the 1990s, but it really was.  Just a few games and a few more novels and that one scene in Clerks.
 
2022-05-25 11:31:56 AM  
I had just turned 11 when it came out, and managed to see it 4 times during its initial run. The first shot of the Star Destroyer blew. me. away. And the music... what an experience. Anyway, a bit later I got into reading SF and discovered there was a lot of really good SF out there, and most of it made SW look kinda hokey. Still, that first time watching is treasured memory.
 
2022-05-25 11:34:05 AM  
9 years old, almost 10.  Didn't see it on opening night, but did manage to see it in the same theater ELEVEN times.  $2.50 would get you a ticket, large popcorn, and a large drink.  First action figure was a Stormtrooper ("Stormy"), who I got after the 1st showing and he went with me to the other 10 showings, along with the 7 first-run showings of "Empire Strikes Back", 5 showings of "Return of the Jedi", and each opening night of the 3 prequels and 3 sequels.  Sill have his original blaster, too.  I heart him.
 
2022-05-25 11:39:42 AM  
I was 7. It came out in England between Christmas and New Years 1977. And it permanently warped my brain it was so cool.
 
2022-05-25 11:42:21 AM  

skyotter: I was 9, and haven't shut up about it since.

Except for the 1990s.  People forget that Star Wars was fringe in the 1990s, but it really was.  Just a few games and a few more novels and that one scene in Clerks.


It was a dark time.
 
2022-05-25 11:52:48 AM  
I still remember where I saw eps IV-VI. Can't  remember most of the rest.

I'd love to have that sense of awe and wonder again like I did seeing Star Wars for the first time.

/ IV was in Sherman TX
/ V was in Monroe LA
/ VI was in Fort Worth TX
 
2022-05-25 12:02:02 PM  
Blah. I'm sick of Star Wars.
 
2022-05-25 12:02:22 PM  
Saw it in the theater at 6 yrs old. Don't really remember that much. I do remember seeing Empire at the theater.

But my parents' friends had a very early betamax, and somehow had a copy of Star Wars (this was like 1978 or 79), and I remember watching the shiat out of that every time we went over there to visit.
 
2022-05-25 12:03:12 PM  

skyotter: I was 9, and haven't shut up about it since.

Except for the 1990s.  People forget that Star Wars was fringe in the 1990s, but it really was.  Just a few games and a few more novels and that one scene in Clerks.


Yep.  Like it or not, the Prequels put it back into the popular zeitgeist.  It was something only enjoyed by those creepy nerds and dorks as far as the general population figured.  The marketing behind Phantom Menace made it a major event again.
 
2022-05-25 12:06:26 PM  
SF Debris' video series about the making of Star Wars are worth checking out.  They're chopped up into segments of varying lengths to appease the You Tube copyright bots, but they're in playlists:

Hero's Journey (Part 1 of 12) SW History
Youtube z-kYQ77kRg0

Star Wars
Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi
The Prequels
 
2022-05-25 12:27:19 PM  
They released a remake of Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress.

/runs
 
2022-05-25 12:36:43 PM  

Boojum2k: I was 7. It came out in England between Christmas and New Years 1977. And it permanently warped my brain it was so cool.


In England they call French fries 'chips'.
 
2022-05-25 12:46:05 PM  

skyotter: Except for the 1990s.  People forget that Star Wars was fringe in the 1990s, but it really was.


The way theaters worked then (and probably still do now for all I know)

Is that a theater would contract a movie way ahead of time.
They'd sign up for 'new release' way ahead of time.
So, around here there was no Star Wars on opening month. We got Annie Hall.
SW didn't have enough prints to around on opening...so they could literally print more money.

SW made it's area premier in a mini-duplex theater 60 miles away...in a trailer park 'fish camp' town. Whos other movie was "Smokey and the Bandit"

We drove to Atlanta to see the next month at a 'Cinerama' theater with a proper 70mm screen.
 
2022-05-25 12:49:39 PM  

LeoffDaGrate: 9 years old, almost 10.  Didn't see it on opening night, but did manage to see it in the same theater ELEVEN times.  $2.50 would get you a ticket, large popcorn, and a large drink.  First action figure was a Stormtrooper ("Stormy"), who I got after the 1st showing and he went with me to the other 10 showings, along with the 7 first-run showings of "Empire Strikes Back", 5 showings of "Return of the Jedi", and each opening night of the 3 prequels and 3 sequels.  Sill have his original blaster, too.  I heart him.


That is an awesome story 🙂 Soncool.to hear about people who saw it in theaters.

I was too young (6 months old). I do remember the side eye you got if you said you liked it in the 80s though. Got an earful from a "friend" because I was in 5th grade and TESB was on broadcast tv one Friday night. Apparently it was uncool for a 5th grade girl to spend her Friday night watching it.

/fark you Holly, you poodle-perm haired, refridgerator-temperature IQ, scared of bands like Warrant with their "omg devilmusic", moran
 
2022-05-25 12:51:34 PM  
Return of the Jedi was a major disappointment.
 
2022-05-25 12:54:43 PM  

Chief Superintendent Lookout: Return of the Jedi was a major disappointment.


It should have been two movies.

Although the most disappointing thing about it is catching it on TV only to hear some generic montage music instead of Yub Nub.
 
2022-05-25 1:16:28 PM  
Ermahgerd...

May, 1977...

Saw the film when I was 15.
Spent The Summer in  Karate Gi.

I win the all-time geek award. I'd like to thank the Academy.
 
2022-05-25 1:25:15 PM  
I was 6 when it came out, 7 I think, when we got around to seeing it. There was a big 3-plex at the mall both of my parents worked at (mom slinging jewelry at a high end department store, dad at his Boobies-cop job hired from part-time security work into a mall management training initiative at Simon properties). I think I saw it in October and there was still a line around the corner of the building to get in to this movie. It was snowing outside. The theater was hot, and packed. The scroll started with that orchestral theme, and the audience was rapt.

/Skipped school to catch opening day matinee of Empire. Hid out in park instead of going to bus stop. Waited for folks to leave for work. Walked a couple miles to closest non-mall theater (folks worked at mall), and ducked the farking news crews covering the crowds waiting to see the movie.
 
2022-05-25 1:41:29 PM  
I had just turned 6 that summer, my Mom took me to see it at the post theater (Dad was out on field training) so it wasn't opening weekend, but man that movie imprinted on my brain/psyche/personality. Mom still has trouble believing that I remember it so vividly; I'm like, are you kidding: BAM, music, some words, Star Destroyer, pew pew pew, some whiny kid, OMG that one dude straight up murdered that green dude, popcorn, etc. Oh yeah, and space wizards with laser swords. I read the Marvel comics series religiously from then on.

My love for Star Wars is mostly limited to the OT, the Brian Daley Han Solo books, and the old West End RPG, but that's good enough for me. The prequels sucked, and other than about 1/2 of Force Awakens, I hate the sequels. Still gonna watch Obi-Wan, though.
 
2022-05-25 1:50:36 PM  
If you're on a recent version of Windows (7 and up, I think) you may need to install the Telnet client (not server) for this to work, but it should work as-is in most any other OS that has a command prompt.

For best results, do it full-screen, in 80×24 or 80×25 mode. For Windows, type "mode 80,25".

Then type "telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl".

You're welcome.
 
2022-05-25 1:50:43 PM  
I think I saw it when it was re-released in 1978, either in Ottawa or Pembroke, when I was three.  There was a guy dressed as Darth Vader greeting people.  I remember shaking his hand and saying, "I hope you win."
 
2022-05-25 1:55:04 PM  
Lucas had the movie open on a Wednesday, instead of a Friday, before Memorial Day so the super long weekend box office receipts would be larger.  He kind of didn't need to do that, it turns out.

optikeye: skyotter: Except for the 1990s.  People forget that Star Wars was fringe in the 1990s, but it really was.

The way theaters worked then (and probably still do now for all I know)

Is that a theater would contract a movie way ahead of time.
They'd sign up for 'new release' way ahead of time.
So, around here there was no Star Wars on opening month. We got Annie Hall.
SW didn't have enough prints to around on opening...so they could literally print more money.

SW made it's area premier in a mini-duplex theater 60 miles away...in a trailer park 'fish camp' town. Whos other movie was "Smokey and the Bandit"

We drove to Atlanta to see the next month at a 'Cinerama' theater with a proper 70mm screen.


There was one theater in the whole KC area, I think, that had Star Wars - the Glenwood in Overland Park.  It played there in the giant theater for a whole year with the other new releases relegated to the little theater.  After that year they had enough dough to add 6 additional theaters.  They moved Star Wars to the little theater and still showed it continuously for another year.  I saw it at least once a month during those 2 years.
 
2022-05-25 2:47:48 PM  

mcreadyblue: Blah. I'm sick of Star Wars.


And yet here you are.

When I got tired of Fark's constant linking to Paris Hilton articles, I just skipped those threads.
 
2022-05-25 3:25:17 PM  

EdgeRunner: mcreadyblue: Blah. I'm sick of Star Wars.

And yet here you are.

When I got tired of Fark's constant linking to Paris Hilton articles, I just skipped those threads.


Paris Hilton?!?
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2022-05-25 3:35:15 PM  

EdgeRunner: mcreadyblue: Blah. I'm sick of Star Wars.

And yet here you are.

When I got tired of Fark's constant linking to Paris Hilton articles, I just skipped those threads.


There's 26 comments on this thread...looks like everyone is following your advice.
 
2022-05-25 3:38:38 PM  

mcreadyblue: EdgeRunner: mcreadyblue: Blah. I'm sick of Star Wars.

And yet here you are.

When I got tired of Fark's constant linking to Paris Hilton articles, I just skipped those threads.

There's 26 comments on this thread...looks like everyone is following your advice.


Not everyone. You're not only following along and still participating, but keeping track of the post tally.

G'wan, admit it. You're at least a little interested.
 
2022-05-25 4:12:04 PM  
45 years ago, minus a week.
I'm 3. My parents loaded me into the back of the Maverick, and we drove from Petaluma to San Francisco. We get to the Coronet Theater, and it's the biggest building I've ever been in. We get our snacks, popcorn and whatnot, and go up to the balcony. We take our seats.
I'm already losing my little mind in anticipation.
The 20th Century Fox fanfare hits.
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Then the now legendary John Williams main theme starts to play. Words scroll. Then...
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It's too much for me. Way too much sensory input for this three year old. Mom and Dad take me out. I calm down. Mom told me (years later) that ice cream was involved.
Next showing starts. I'm ready this time.
A couple hours pass. I'm enraptured. By the time this happens,
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I'm standing on my chair, clapping my little hands off, and crying with happiness. Little did my folks know, my life was irreversibly changed. 45 years later, I'm still fanatical about Star Wars. Mind you, I don't cosplay, or anything like that, I'm not that bad, but Star Wars has been part of my life even in small ways ever since.

And yes, I am married to a wonderful woman who understands my obsession.
 
2022-05-25 5:04:31 PM  
Then 20 years later, the release of the three prequel movies - even if they were not particularly well received among fandom at the time - none the less brought a whole new generation of Star Wars fans into being.

Then 40 years later, Kathleen Kennedy joined forces with Jar Jar Abrams, the legendary Destroyer Of Franchises, and together they committed one of the greatest sci-fi franchise murders of all time.

/Trek fans know exactly what you're feeling
 
DVD
2022-05-25 5:57:32 PM  
So why do I keep hearing about May 4th and may the Fourth be with you, when the movie came out on the 25th of May?
 
2022-05-25 5:59:29 PM  

erik-k: Then 20 years later, the release of the three prequel movies - even if they were not particularly well received among fandom at the time - none the less brought a whole new generation of Star Wars fans into being.

Then 40 years later, Kathleen Kennedy joined forces with Jar Jar Abrams, the legendary Destroyer Of Franchises, and together they committed one of the greatest sci-fi franchise murders of all time.

/Trek fans know exactly what you're feeling


The excitement of youth
20 years later, resigned to mediocrity
40 years later, acceptance that everything sucks

That's just modern life
 
2022-05-25 6:05:57 PM  

Thosw: I still remember where I saw eps IV-VI. Can't  remember most of the rest.

I'd love to have that sense of awe and wonder again like I did seeing Star Wars for the first time.

/ IV was in Sherman TX
/ V was in Monroe LA
/ VI was in Fort Worth TX


Guardians of the Galaxy, when the prison break starts, felt like an echo of that feeling
 
2022-05-25 6:35:09 PM  

DVD: So why do I keep hearing about May 4th and may the Fourth be with you, when the movie came out on the 25th of May?


Because "May the Fourth be with you" is a funny pun. It was solely chosen for that reason.
 
2022-05-25 6:58:01 PM  

EdgeRunner: DVD: So why do I keep hearing about May 4th and may the Fourth be with you, when the movie came out on the 25th of May?

Because "May the Fourth be with you" is a funny pun. It was solely chosen for that reason.


Also Revenge of the Fifth even though the Sixth would probably be beytet
 
2022-05-26 3:43:54 AM  
I was at the perfect of 12.
Our town did not get it until late summer.
One of my friends had seen it on vacation in some big city and completely rubbed it in.
That week, I went with mom to the grocery store and bought the paperback.
So I had already read the book before seeing the film.

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