Thursday, December 04, 2014

New Star Wars Trailer

I have to say when I watched this I had chills run up and down my spine. I am a huge Star Wars fan. The first three were great and the next well not so much.

When the original one came out I remember it being on the cover of Time magazine. It opened on Wednesday, May 25, 1977 in 32 theaters. Over the next two days it opened in an additional 11 theaters. One of those just happened to be the Edens Theater in Northbrook, Il. Not too far from where I lived.

Two my friend and I went to the first show on that Friday. There were maybe 20 people in the whole theater.

After dinner that night I drove back down to see what the lines were like. They wrapped around the theater. I got out (how I found a parking place I'll never know) just to get a feel for what was going on. There was a 7 show and this probably a little after 6. But the people in line were in line for the next one at 9.

Just amazing. It is still one of my favorite movies.

I think before I left for college I'd seen it like 9 times. Once in DC I saw it several other times as well. I remember going to a late show during the week at the Uptown where it played for an entire year.

Below is my ticket from the May 27, 1977 show at the Edens. There's also one from a time I saw it at the Uptown in DC. On the back it says Star Wars #10.


Arthur Schenck said...

I've got a year to find my ticket stub… probably not enough time, but you never know.

The Edens Plaza theatre was torn down 20 years ago this year, which I always thought was a bit of a shame because the whole building had a kind of funky 50s/early 60s vibe. Oh, look! WBEZ remembered it:

Jason in DC said...

Yes it was very neat theater. It was great that you could see it from the Toll Way as you exited. I wonder what is there now.

Arthur Schenck said...

Apparently just a boring suburban strip mall, but have a look for yourself:

Jason in DC said...

My how very sad.