I was able to treat myself to something special on 5/4. A local theater had a special showing of A New Hope. Social distancing protocols in place. I was curious what version they were going to show. It turned out to be the 2011 version. Except it wasn’t. As I watched I could instantly tell which verison and it had the usual major flaws, except the overall magenta tone that I am so used to and mad at with the DVD, HD, and Blu-ray was not there. Leia was not pink, the rebel soldiers were not lobsters, so of the overall color glitches were gone. In their place were shots that felt like one of us had done an overall color correction to fix it. I was quite surprised at that.
The theater had a special reason for showing ANH. It opened as a silent movie theater/vaudville house in 1920. When Star Wars came out it was their longest running movie their history. Then the theater closed for 20 years. Now it is a multi function event center. One thing about its age, it reminded me, not of any theater I had seen Star Wars in before, but a similar and far more ornate Fox theater I saw such movies as The Wilderness Family, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Roger, and The Black Hole in. The sound was so familiar. The uncurtained walls led to echoes. The sound system was modern with a modern 2k projector, but it was a nostalgic experience. C-3PO sounded like I might have seen it back then, but the base was modern and deep and shook the building. So much like that version of the film. Mostly like I saw it the first 10 time, but with SE bits. It did look good for the most part, but could look better. I would so have preferred it was the original or the new D+ version. But it was a great way to celebrate the day. And a great 13th theatrical viewing.