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The original “Star Wars” trilogy returns to the big screen this summer!

in Disney, Movies, Star Wars, Technology

It seems this happens at least once every generation, but I’m definitely not complaining. It looks like the original Star Wars trilogy is returning to the big screen, but for a limited time and in limited locations.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain is sponsoring roadshow screenings of the iconic sci-fi franchise at arts venues around the country this summer.

“It’s always been a dream to show the original Star Wars trilogy again – somehow, someway,” says Alamo Drafthouse’s VP of Special Events, Henri Mazza. “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.”

This will definitely be a nice refresher for kids who may not have grown up the original trilogy, but would like to see them massive in all their glory. After all, the films are lauded as some of the greatest works of sci-fi cinema of all time.

The films will be presented in their 1997 re-release format and tickets for most markets will go on sale at ReturnOfTheTrilogy.com on May 4 – aka, Star Wars Day. (You know, “May the 4th Be With You”?) Each screening will feature curated video content before and between films, contests, props and other “special surprises.” It goes without saying that, if these films are being shown near you, you better jump at the opportunity to grab a ticket or two.

Here’s the list of initial dates, with more screenings to come:

THE RETURN OF THE TRILOGY Roadshow

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

Are you guys interested in seeing the original trilogy back on the big screen? Let me know what you think the comments below!

24 Comments

  1. Sydney Rundle

    Why is it not playing at Disney Springs?? Kind of disappointed 🙁

  2. Eric

    Wait, you’re excited that they’re putting the Special Edition out in theaters again instead of the original theatrical cut? Why!?

    1. EricJ

      WE know why, but fans refuse to admit it….

  3. Wendy

    Oh Yes! And I am tired of the “got to be only the original” BS, I like it either way, and will be going in NY

  4. Melanie

    Please bring it to Pittsburgh, PA!! We are a big city that loves Star Wars!!

  5. Jeanne

    Yes why isn’t it playing somewhere at Disney. My husband hasn’t seen any of them. Gasp! I know! He needs to see them on the big screen. We more outlets.

  6. Thomas

    Would love to see the actual original trilogy. Couldn’t care less about the re-releases.

  7. Wendi

    Definitely not enough screenings! Both Downtown Disney should have them!

  8. Uhh why not in TAMPA, FL?? Or ORLANDO, FL ???

  9. Alex

    They better have a showing around Atlanta!!

  10. Peggy Jeffries

    I’d be more excited if it were the original release form.

  11. Gus

    Love it can’t wait

  12. Les

    SUCH a great idea!!!!! Just so long as it’s the original versions! Can’t wait, can’t WAIT!!!????????????

    1. EricJ

      It’s not, and you KNOW why. But he’s retired now, so he can’t do any more damage to it.

  13. Brandy

    Why isn’t it going to be at more locations???

  14. Christopher

    Oh c’mon man! Bring here to Minneapolis. I’d love to see it in the theater again!

  15. Kasket

    I’d like to go but there is absolutely nothing near me – at least I can drive to Miami but it’s several hours away, and I’m sure it will be packed because the locations are all in dense populated cities. I wish there were more locations!

  16. Tyler Proctor

    Don’t forget Honolulu and Charlotte, NC

  17. I hope the release is worldwide ._.

  18. Scott R.

    I’ll be excited when they actually release the original trilogy. The 1997 re-release, not so much.

  19. Michael

    Why the 1997 format?! I keep waiting to get to see the actual originals in the theater. You know. The movies we grew up with before cgi existed.

  20. Jay

    For me, I prefer the original version over the release. But now that I’ve just gotten hold of a VCR, I will be watching the originals on 55 inch screen with surround sound. That’s enough for me

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