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Redrum_69
05-24-2007, 08:50 AM
1977...May 25th....

Did you see Star Wars on opening night?

keg in kc
05-24-2007, 08:51 AM
I was 3. So...I don't think so.

kepp
05-24-2007, 08:51 AM
That was a Tuesday for those who were wondering.

Direckshun
05-24-2007, 08:52 AM
I saw all the new ones on opening night.

Had to get my ticket 5 days in advance for the Phantom Menace.

crazycoffey
05-24-2007, 08:54 AM
I was five, so maybe. But my parents were hippies, so we would have had to sneak in.....

keg in kc
05-24-2007, 08:56 AM
I saw all the new ones on opening night.

Had to get my ticket 5 days in advance for the Phantom Menace.I did midnight showings for Phantom Menace and AotC.

RotS I saw at like noon on the saturday after it opened. The first two killed my passion.

Buehler445
05-24-2007, 08:56 AM
I wasn't even a twinkle in my pop's eye yet. Sorry guys.

kepp
05-24-2007, 08:57 AM
I remember going to one of the originals close to opening night. But, from what I remember, our family van got stuck in snow and we had to push it out before going. Did any of the original SW movies open during winter months?

chagrin
05-24-2007, 08:57 AM
I was 8 and I did see the movie the first night it was open in Shreveport, Louisiana. I went back the next day at 10 am and stayed in the theater until 11:30 at night, watching that film.

Chazno
05-24-2007, 09:03 AM
If anyone's interested they are showing all six in succession on Cinemax tomorrow starting at 2pm cst. In HD where available. I got my HD DVR all ready :D

Frazod
05-24-2007, 09:08 AM
Star Wars came out when I was 11 (thanks for making me feel older than dirt, BTW :grr: ). I had to be dragged to see it the first time. I figured it would just be another stupid space movie (back then, for the most part, science fiction was either (a) Star Trek or (b) crap.

Of course, from the opening credits, I was mesmerized. People who didn't experience Star Wars in the theater back then just can't understand how astonishing it was.

I ended up seeing it dozens of times in the theater.

scott free
05-24-2007, 09:11 AM
I was 6, not sure if it was opening night, but it was at a drive-in theater...what a huge impact it had on me.

After that night my primary missions in life were to get every single toy that hit the shelves & enforce justice using my unique & deadly brand of Backyard Jedi skills.

Reerun_KC
05-24-2007, 09:13 AM
I was 4... So no I dont recall going to the movie theater to see it...

Scott, I hear your pretty good with a bowstaff?

InChiefsHell
05-24-2007, 09:13 AM
I got to see it in a German theater the first time...it was in English with German subtitles. I was about 7. Then I saw it in Spain, in Spanish. That was friggin hilarious. Darth Vader sounds like a puss in Spanish.

boogblaster
05-24-2007, 09:14 AM
I was a hippie and yes we did sneak in ...

Reerun_KC
05-24-2007, 09:14 AM
I was a hippie and yes we did sneak in ...


Was?

chasedude
05-24-2007, 09:14 AM
I was 5, and I remember after coming home I had to create everything I saw on the screen in Legos.

I loved Legos, they were my favorite toy growing up.

FD
05-24-2007, 09:15 AM
Some of us are going to try to play all three star wars drinking games back to back tomorrow. I bet we make it about halfway through "empire" before the walls are being torn down.

siberian khatru
05-24-2007, 09:15 AM
Not opening night, but within two weeks of that.

Weird irony is, I got home from the theater and sat down to watch "One Day at a Time," and the guest actor on that episode was ... Mark Hamill!

I wish they'd re-release the first one to theaters for the 30th anniversary -- I want my kids to see it in a theater. Of course, it would still lack the impact it had on me back in '77 ... people who aren't old enough to remember that have no idea what the feeling was like.

Bowser
05-24-2007, 09:17 AM
I was a hippie and yes we did sneak in ...

GET A F*CKIN" JOB!!

Bowser
05-24-2007, 09:19 AM
I was 7, and remember dragging the folks back to see it as amny times as I could.

What was the dollar number Star Wars made worldwide back then? I remember it was in the Guinness Book of World Records, but don't remember the amount.

scott free
05-24-2007, 09:19 AM
Darth Vader sounds like a puss in Spanish.

LMAO , thats pretty easy to imagine for me, Darths not meant for a romance language...he would REALLY sound like a punk in French.

Sam Hall
05-24-2007, 09:22 AM
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21786454-5001026,00.html?from=public_js

KC Dan
05-24-2007, 09:23 AM
Yep! I was 15 and I was sooooooo wasted. What a ride.

scott free
05-24-2007, 09:24 AM
Scott, I hear your pretty good with a bowstaff?

No, i was a Level 6 Master with a lightsaber...but i always took Hans advice to heart about 'having a good blaster at your side' too.

Bowser
05-24-2007, 09:29 AM
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21786454-5001026,00.html?from=public_js

:eek:

I'll believe it when I see it. When the hell is he going to have time for that? He's doing a WWII movie right now, and then after that, he's supposed to be set to do the Star Wars TV show.

I love the idea, though. A mass scale battle between Jedi and Sith would be badass. [/geek]

Sam Hall
05-24-2007, 09:30 AM
I'd prefer a movie set after Episode 6.

crazycoffey
05-24-2007, 09:32 AM
I was a hippie and yes we did sneak in ...


Dad?

Bowser
05-24-2007, 09:32 AM
I'd prefer a movie set after Episode 6.

This has been talked about a bit around here. Timothy Zahn had some excellent novels set in the few years after Return of the Jedi featuring a new Imperial villian, Admiral Thrawn. Those would make excellent movies, if Lucas would actually let real directors direct the movie, allowing him to focus on the CGI.

Sure-Oz
05-24-2007, 09:34 AM
I wasn't born

Reerun_KC
05-24-2007, 09:38 AM
No, i was a Level 6 Master with a lightsaber...but i always took Hans advice to heart about 'having a good blaster at your side' too.


This isnt you is it?

http://www.apocprod.com/images/Props/newsaber.jpg

Redrum_69
05-24-2007, 09:43 AM
This is the site of all sites.


This is the only star wars site I have under favorites, it has all the scripts for every movie, everything you could ever think of.

Check this site out...


http://www.supershadow.com/


For example: this site already has plot scripts for Episodes 7, 8, and 9

Cochise
05-24-2007, 09:43 AM
I did not, as I was -2 years old.

Frazod
05-24-2007, 09:47 AM
LMAO , thats pretty easy to imagine for me, Darths not meant for a romance language...he would REALLY sound like a punk in French.

In my mind I hear Vader talking like the cat in Shrek. :D

kepp
05-24-2007, 09:52 AM
In my mind I hear Vader talking like the cat in Shrek. :D
Not to mention that he would have just surrendered the death star at the first sight of an x-wing.

Dartgod
05-24-2007, 09:53 AM
It wasn't opening night, but we saw it at the old Glenwood Theatre. At that time, it was pretty much the state of the art theatre in town. I remember waiting in a huge line to get in, so it must have been in the first week.

Planetman
05-24-2007, 09:55 AM
I saw it at the Drive Inn opening weekend.

Frazod
05-24-2007, 09:59 AM
As it wasn't even my idea to go so it, no, I didn't see it opening night. I think I saw it sometime in June at a matinee.

Another thing that will never happen again - Star Wars played in theaters for over a year and a half. Ramada 4 Theaters in Jefferson City had STAR WARS spelled out in big blue wooden block letters over one of the doors. By the time they finally stopped showing it and took down the letters, the paint around where they had been had faded to the point where could still read the words STAR WARS (at least until they repainted the building a couple of years later).

Deberg_1990
05-24-2007, 10:01 AM
It wasn't opening night, but we saw it at the old Glenwood Theatre. At that time, it was pretty much the state of the art theatre in town. I remember waiting in a huge line to get in, so it must have been in the first week.

I remember waiting in a long line there to see Star Wars too. That was where all the big movies in KC premiered back in those days. Thats old movie screen in there was great!

I remember seeing CLose Encounters a few months later there and the original Superman.

Then in 1980 i remember seeing Empire Strikes Back at the old downtown Midland theater. My mom, was pretty special to stand in line with me and take me to all these flicks. I was only 7 -10 years old.

and Frazod was right, Kids today just couldnt relate to just what an experience it was seeing those flicks back in those days.

Deberg_1990
05-24-2007, 10:04 AM
As it wasn't even my idea to go so it, no, I didn't see it opening night. I think I saw it sometime in June at a matinee.

Another thing that will never happen again - Star Wars played in theaters for over a year and a half. Ramada 4 Theaters in Jefferson City had STAR WARS spelled out in big blue wooden block letters over one of the doors. By the time they finally stopped showing it and took down the letters, the paint around where they had been had faded to the point where could still read the words STAR WARS (at least until they repainted the building a couple of years later).

all those great old flicks did....Raiders, ET etc....all played for like a year or so...but this was back when flicks only played on a few screens in each city. instead of 6 or 7 in each theater they do these days.


The home video market was in its infancy as well...

Mile High Mania
05-24-2007, 10:22 AM
I was 6 years old at the time... so, no I didn't make it to opening night. I know my dad took me, just not sure when. I think it was either Burger Chef or Burger King that had the really cool Stars Wars posters... I had 'em all.

The crazy thing is that I now have 3 kids (oldest being 5 1/2 and 3 1/2 ... they are huge fans as well. I watch it with them and it's amazing how timeless the originals are now. Those films are as good or better from a special effects point of view as anything you can find today.

Mr. Plow
05-24-2007, 10:29 AM
On May 25, 1977, I was still 5 months from being born. I had a large penis at that point though.

scott free
05-24-2007, 10:52 AM
This isnt you is it?

http://www.apocprod.com/images/Props/newsaber.jpg

Nope, its not me... but apparently DOMERNKC went all Go Chiefs.

Reerun_KC
05-24-2007, 11:04 AM
Nope, its not me... but apparently DOMERNKC went all Go Chiefs.


Speaking of the Journalist of the decade, Where the hell is GoChiefs? I figured he would be whacking off in his parents basement to this thread....

Mr. Plow
05-24-2007, 11:30 AM
Speaking of the Journalist of the decade, Where the hell is GoChiefs? I figured he would be whacking off in his parents basement to this thread....

He might be.

Deberg_1990
05-24-2007, 11:48 AM
in honor of this thread..

5-25-77 Trailer...

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Frazod
05-24-2007, 12:06 PM
in honor of this thread..

5-25-77 Trailer...



OMG ROFL

That looks awesome. I'll definitely go see that one.

InChiefsHell
05-24-2007, 01:47 PM
Not opening night, but within two weeks of that.

Weird irony is, I got home from the theater and sat down to watch "One Day at a Time," and the guest actor on that episode was ... Mark Hamill!

I wish they'd re-release the first one to theaters for the 30th anniversary -- I want my kids to see it in a theater. Of course, it would still lack the impact it had on me back in '77 ... people who aren't old enough to remember that have no idea what the feeling was like.

They did a re-release when the did the digital remastering of the original 3, right before Phantom Menace came out, I guess that WAS almost 10 years ago now. I got to take my daughter to see it. She was about the same age I was when I saw it for the first time. That was pretty cool indeed.

Donger
05-24-2007, 01:52 PM
I saw it in London whenever the opening night was there. I got in a argument with one of my brothers about how real spacecraft can't maneuver like they did in Star Wars and got punched in the head for it.

siberian khatru
05-24-2007, 01:56 PM
They did a re-release when the did the digital remastering of the original 3, right before Phantom Menace came out, I guess that WAS almost 10 years ago now. I got to take my daughter to see it. She was about the same age I was when I saw it for the first time. That was pretty cool indeed.

Yeah, I saw those re-releases. It was neat to seem them on the big screen again, even with the "special edition" stuff. Alas, my kids weren't old enough then (actually, one wasn't even born).

Frazod
05-24-2007, 01:59 PM
I saw it in London whenever the opening night was there. I got in a argument with one of my brothers about how real spacecraft can't maneuver like they did in Star Wars and got punched in the head for it.

Could I please have your brother's e-mail address? :)

DJJasonp
05-24-2007, 02:05 PM
I was 8....and remember having to wait over a year after it was released to see it at Glenwood theater in Overland Park.

If I remember correctly, it was so consistently sold-out, that my parents wouldnt wait in line for tickets - hence, having to wait a year before I saw it.

Made quite an impact....same goes for Empire....saw it on a sneak-preview advance screening at the old Midland Theater in downtown KC....that HUGE screen....loud sound...and the empire march theme music.....amazing.

Guru
05-24-2007, 03:05 PM
I saw it within the first 2 weeks. I still don't believe in going to movies on opening night.

I loved it when they re-released the movies in 99. My son got to experience them the way I saw them the first time.

Adept Havelock
05-24-2007, 03:29 PM
First time I saw it was at the Glenwood, a few weeks after it was released. Fond memories....

Damn I miss that theatre. :(

listopencil
05-24-2007, 03:37 PM
Drive in theater. I miss those.

Douche Baggins
05-24-2007, 03:42 PM
I first saw Star Wars in this room:

http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/2592/nintendowhorecv3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Stewie
05-24-2007, 04:00 PM
I first saw Star Wars in this room:

http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/2592/nintendowhorecv3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

WTF? Your bed was in the living or dining room?

Douche Baggins
05-24-2007, 04:03 PM
It's not my bed, and that wasn't the living or dining room. It was a bedroom with a fireplace. My Uncle's old house in Oregon.

Al Bundy
05-24-2007, 05:38 PM
I saw it the next weekend and I was huge into Star Wars up until 1984, never really got back into collecting anything but I did go see all of the re-releases in theaters.

LocoChiefsFan
05-24-2007, 05:48 PM
I was 5 and, although I don't have that many memories from that early on I can still remember seeing it. It was at the Ben Bolt theater in Chillicothe, MO

Al Bundy
05-24-2007, 05:52 PM
in honor of this thread..

5-25-77 Trailer...

<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/sSlsxKjVVFU"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/sSlsxKjVVFU" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>

That looks like it is going to be a good one.

RP_McMurphy
05-24-2007, 06:37 PM
You dumb sumabitches don't you know that Sheriff Buford T. Justice came out that week also. I never saw Star Wars but did get my fill of Smokey and the Bandit.