Following the success of The Force Awakens, it looks like a new generation of Star Wars fans will get to experience the spectacle of seeing the original 3 movies in theaters.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain of theaters has taken on the role of sponsor to showcase multiple roadshow screenings of the seminal trilogy; but only for a limited time, and in only a few locations. Henri Mazza, the VP of Special Events for Alamo Drafthouse, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about this project. “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”, he said.
Now, while it’s true that these will be the 1997 George Lucas re-mastered version1, all is not lost. In addition, each screening is scheduled to feature special video content before and between films, movie props, contests, and more “special surprises.”
Want to get your tickets? Well, you’ll have to wait until Star Wars Day (May 4th, that is). They’ll go on sale on the Drafthouse chain’s Return of the Trilogy website, but you can bet these will sell out EXTREMELY fast. In addition, this will be a very limited release as far as locations. The preliminary list of showings is listed below.
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
Get your lightsabers & blasters ready, people, and may the Force be with you!
1. The original publication of this article mentioned that the films would be released in the 1977 version, but this is not the case.