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Last theatrical screening of the pre-SE trilogy?

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I know about the 1985 triple feature and the 1987 screenings but I’m not sure if there was anything after that.

Here’s what I know about 70mm theatrical releases of the original trilogy

https://www.in70mm.com/library/engagements/film/s/star_wars/openings/index.htm

https://www.in70mm.com/library/engagements/film/e/empire/index.htm

For ROTJ all that came up was its first run, I’m focusing on re-releases and special screenings after the first run to find out when the last chance to see the movies in theaters was before the Special Editions.

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What I’ve found out is that after 1982, other than the double and triple features, ANH and TESB were screened in 1987 but for ROTJ all I know about is the 1985 re-release.

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I think there were some one off trilogy screenings to benefit charity in the 90’s, but no nationwide reissues.

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Where were you in '77?

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I saw Return of the Jedi in 1985. I don’t think they ever were re-released again after that. Not the originals anyway.

Star Wars hit video in 1982, Empire in 1984 and Jedi in 1986.

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Prints were available for rental into the early 90s - at least, they were in the UK.

My local cinema used to run a free show (aimed at children, but open to all) at Christmas. In 1992, they screened Star Wars - I still have the newspaper ad somewhere.

I imagine the embargo/moratorium dropped soon after that, as soon as the SEs were in the pipeline.