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Trying to find where I saw Star Wars

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As we come up on the big 40 I want to know the two cinemas where I saw Star Wars in 1977.

Has anyone compiled a list of what cinemas originally ran Star Wars?

(See, if I lived where I do now, it would be easy: Only one cinema in the entire state showed Star Wars! For the entire year!)

– Bill

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SilverWook said:

Those were the days!

Some of us have had success using these sites:
http://cinematreasures.org/
http://americanclassicimages.com/
I was able to find photos of where I saw Star Wars, among other cinematic memories. It helps to know what state you were living in at the time. 😉

I know city and state. (Rocky Hill, CT.) Reading about the rollout (http://www.in70mm.com/news/2003/star_wars/) I may even have it narrowed down to a handful of weeks. I know we saw it the second time around July 15th. And it didn’t start playing in most of the country until the beginning of June.

What I may do is start looking at newspapers from the area and time. May the Force be with me!

– Bill

Never tell me the odds.

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Tallguy said:

SilverWook said:

Those were the days!

Some of us have had success using these sites:
http://cinematreasures.org/
http://americanclassicimages.com/
I was able to find photos of where I saw Star Wars, among other cinematic memories. It helps to know what state you were living in at the time. 😉

I know city and state. (Rocky Hill, CT.) Reading about the rollout (http://www.in70mm.com/news/2003/star_wars/) I may even have it narrowed down to a handful of weeks. I know we saw it the second time around July 15th. And it didn’t start playing in most of the country until the beginning of June.

What I may do is start looking at newspapers from the area and time. May the Force be with me!

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I’ve been trying to find this out for myself. I wasn’t even born when it originally came out so my first time seeing it in theaters was in the early 90’s. The Nintendo game came out and they had select screenings of it in theaters around the country. There was an ad in Nintendo Power and that’s the only way I knew about it. I’m dying to know the date. 😦

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digitalfreaknyc said:

I’ve been trying to find this out for myself. I wasn’t even born when it originally came out so my first time seeing it in theaters was in the early 90’s. The Nintendo game came out and they had select screenings of it in theaters around the country. There was an ad in Nintendo Power and that’s the only way I knew about it. I’m dying to know the date. 😦

Hmmm. That sounds harder. If my newspaper dive works out I’ll let you know. I know I have no chance of getting the date.

NeverarGreat said:

Tallguy said:
What I may do is start looking at newspapers from the area and time. May the Force be with me!

“That’s not how the Force works!”

Nicely done!

– Bill

Never tell me the odds.

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Tallguy said:

digitalfreaknyc said:

I’ve been trying to find this out for myself. I wasn’t even born when it originally came out so my first time seeing it in theaters was in the early 90’s. The Nintendo game came out and they had select screenings of it in theaters around the country. There was an ad in Nintendo Power and that’s the only way I knew about it. I’m dying to know the date. 😦

Hmmm. That sounds harder. If my newspaper dive works out I’ll let you know. I know I have no chance of getting the date.

It’s actually much easier. There were screenings all over the country on that one date. I just have to find the damn magazine with the ad and it’ll be done. I even remember which theater I saw it at 😃

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digitalfreaknyc said:

Tallguy said:

digitalfreaknyc said:

I’ve been trying to find this out for myself. I wasn’t even born when it originally came out so my first time seeing it in theaters was in the early 90’s. The Nintendo game came out and they had select screenings of it in theaters around the country. There was an ad in Nintendo Power and that’s the only way I knew about it. I’m dying to know the date. 😦

Hmmm. That sounds harder. If my newspaper dive works out I’ll let you know. I know I have no chance of getting the date.

It’s actually much easier. There were screenings all over the country on that one date. I just have to find the damn magazine with the ad and it’ll be done. I even remember which theater I saw it at 😃

Are you the one who used to have that story in your sig about having seen all three unaltered films theatrically in the 90’s or am I thinking of someone else?

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Well, good news and bad news. I’m pretty sure I found out where I saw it. All four times. Once at one cinema, three times at another. Neither is still standing.

Farmington, CT — The Movies at Westfarms Triplex
Newington, CT — Newington Triplex

This is the bad or at least weird news:

According to this: http://thedigitalbits.com/columns/history-legacy--showmanship/force-to-be-reckoned-with/Page-3 Star Wars did not open where I saw SW until JULY 13TH! My memory datapoint is that we saw SW the second time for my brother’s birthday which in July 15th. I also know that I conned my parents into buying “him” the soundtrack LP for a present (screwing up both my brother and my lives for decades!).

So this means that 1) we saw it pretty close to opening day and 2) saw it AGAIN in fairly short order! The reason this has me scratching my head was that we just didn’t see movies that often, let alone TWICE. Let alone twice in a week or two! (We saw it four times in '77/'78.) We must have been REALLY excited about Star Wars.

But then, of course we were.

– Bill

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Some day this week is MY 40th Anniversary of Star Wars. May the Force be with you!

– Bill

Never tell me the odds.

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