i was about 10 1/2 , living in calgary alberta, canada, when i saw it..
i think i went with a friend of mine....after seeing it being advertised for ages in the paper..
i still remember the theater, and being engrossed at the story, the special effects, everything
came together in a near perfect experience...the battle scenes, the explosions, and the light saber battles!!
i told everyone at school, and from then on started my fascination with it.
here's the ad i saved when it was being re-released:
(had to go see it for the extra footage!!)
and here's some artwork i drew at 11: (i have a ton more of xwings etc)
i bought the soundtrack, and played it a lot, and i still have the poster it came with..(along with toys,
all the trading cards, bedsheets, etc, etc)...
i watched the SE in the theater a few years ago, and i have it on several versions
of laserdiscs/and dvd now.....but still have only watched it < 20 times ever.....
empire was special too...as i watched the 70mm version here:
United Kingdom - London - Odeon Leicester Square
we were there on vacation, and i remember being enthralled
by the story, and surprised by all the revelations, and how dark
it was, and how it ended on a cliffhanger..
fast forward to houston, tx, 1983....a high school kid, i remember
lines around the block at the theater i saw it there, and everyone
was talking at school about the comic books, getting bootlegs on vhs
etc....i'll never forget each of those events..