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Which trailers accompanied the movies?


I thought this might be fun. It maybe, sort of, fits into historical preservation.

Starting when I saw The Force Awakens, I’ve noted which trailers accompanied the Star Wars movies in the theaters. Maybe some day, if someone was really feeling nostalgic, you could watch those trailers, followed by your favorite theatrical version of Star Wars. It adds a little bit of historical context.

I have the trailers which accompanied The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi.
Online, I found a list which accompanied The Phantom Menace.
Does anyone know, or can it be determined, which trailers accompanied Star Wars (original theatrical run), The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi (the original THX intro), Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith? The Clone Wars animated movie?

For fun:

The Phantom Menace (I found this online and vaguely from memory, not from my own notes):
Fight Club
Titan A.E.
Anna and the King
The Beach

The Force Awakens trailers (3D IMAX screening):
Kung Fu Panda 3
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The 5th Wave
Independence Day: Resurgence
X-Men: Apocalypse
The Jungle Book (live action)
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Finest Hours
Star Trek Beyond (this trailer drew funny a comment and laughs from our crowd during the motorcycle stunt scene, though the movie itself wasn’t bad)
Captain America: Civil War

Rogue One trailers (3D IMAX showing):
Transformers: The Last Knight
Fast & Furious 8
IMAX (put on your 3D glasses now)
Spider-man: Homecoming
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2
IMAX (get ready to watch a movie)

Rogue One (2D viewing):
War for the Planet of the Apes
Kong: Skull Island
Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2

The Last Jedi (IMAX opening night fan event):
Jurassic World 2
Alita: Battle Angel
Ready Player One
Incredibles 2
Avengers: Infinity War
Coca Cola commercial
The Last Jedi Opening Night

  • interview with Rian Johnson
  • John Williams conducting the score
    IMAX countdown

The Last Jedi (2D showing):
Avengers: Infinity War


TPM had trailers for American Pie and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, both of which mentioned Star Wars. Fox put together a “sizzle reel” of three short trailers for Anna and the King, Fight Club, and Titan AE. There was a news story several days earlier IIRC that Lucasfilm had actually demanded the total runtime of trailers in front of TPM not exceed ten minutes or so (maybe it was more like 15 minutes, can’t remember now, it was almost 19 years ago).

The trailer for Like Mike played in front of my opening day screening of AotC. I only remember that because a friend joked as we were leaving the theater during the end credits that AotC had no chance of beating its box office.

The first teaser for the Matrix sequels was also in front of AotC. I had just seen the official upload online the night before in what must’ve been tiny quicktime, but I remember my friend sitting next to me going “Zion!” when they showed that wide shot of all the people assembled in the cave.

I can’t for the life of me remember what played in front of RotS. If I had to guess, I’d say Batman Begins and Fantastic Four were probably among them.


Let’s see, for AotC I remember seeing trailers for Minority Report, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Men In Black II, Die Another Day, and Like Mike.

For RotS, I remember trailers for Mr and Mrs Smith, Batman Begins, The Island, and Fantastic Four.

I know I’m forgetting some but it’s been a while!

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