Alamo Drafthouse Is Bringing the Original Star Wars Trilogy Back to the Big Screen

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I mean, in between seeing The Force Awakens in the theater this past December, and seeing Rogue One in theaters this coming December, you might as well pad out the intervening months with a little more Star Wars in the theater, right?

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The Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain is putting on a roadshow of screenings of the original Star Wars trilogy this August at a variety of locations across the US. As well as screenings of A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, there’ll be special video content between each film, collections of props and costumes on display, and contests to distract people from the fact that they’re sitting down to watch six and a half hours of movies all in one go.

Here’s a list of currently announced locations, via Entertainment Weekly, with two extra screenings in Denver, Colorado and Houston, Texas yet to be revealed:

August 6 – San Francisco, CA / The Warfield

August 6 – Kansas City, MO / The Midland Theatre

August 6 – Washington, D.C. / Warner Theatre

August 6 – Los Angeles, CA / The Theatre at the Ace Hotel

August 6 – New York, NY / The Town Hall

August 6 – Miami, FL / Olympia Theatre

August 6 – San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre

August 7 – New York, NY / Kings Theatre

August 7 – Dallas, TX / Majestic Theatre

August 11 – 13 – Austin, TX / The Long Center for the Performing Arts

August 13 – Philadelphia, PA / The Keswick Theatre

August 13 – Louisville, KY / Brown Theatre

August 20 – Oakland, CA / Paramount Theatre

August 27 – Boston, MA / The Boston Opera House

The dealbreaker for some will be the fact that these are the Special Edition versions of the films released back in 1997. (I will face the internet mob and still argue that the Special Editions weren’t all bad.) But still, getting to see the old movies on a big screen again is great.

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If you want to book tickets, they’ll be available to preorder from ReturnoftheTrilogy.com starting May 4th, the internationally-recognized day of making bad “may the Fourth be with you” jokes.

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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DISCUSSION

charlestonchewbacca
Loquacious of Borg

Special Edition or no, there’s something great about the idea of sitting in the theater with all those dedicated fans, many of whom will likely be in costume, and enjoying the full-on glory of Star Wars together. No worries about keeping quiet during the films, everyone will be shouting lines and waving toy lightsabers and just reveling in the experience.