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"I know."

Since we're going to an early matinee tomorrow afternoon, I thought I'd post something here now.

Tonight, Kathryn and I watched The Empire Strikes Back, in my opinion by far the superior of the first six Star Wars films. I was released May 22, 1981. I turned seventeen on the 26th of that year. And I saw TESB twenty times between the release date and that autumn. It's hard to imagine doing anything like that these days, because of sky-high ticket prices, but in the summer of '81, the average ticket price in the US was a mere $2.78 (vs. the current average of $8.34). Matinees were about a dollar. And that summer, that's what my girlfriend and I did. Over and over and over. It was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen on screen.

And tomorrow, thirty-four years and several lifetimes later, we'll see the seventh film.

Oh, and we watched Star Wars (1977) on Tuesday night. I was only thirteen when I saw Star Wars in the theater during that original release (only once), the summer in between seventh and eighth grades.

Here's a photo Spooky came across today, May 25, 1977, Star Wars opening day at Mann's Chinese Theater (formerly Grauman's).



TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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girfan
Dec. 18th, 2015 01:37 pm (UTC)
My favourite of the films is The Empire Strikes Back as well. It makes me cry every time to see freeze-dried Han Solo.


We want to see the new one, but will wait for the craziness to die down.

dipsomaniac
Dec. 18th, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
My girlfriend is super excited to see the new Star Wars movie but I think we are going to wait a couple weeks. Maybe this will give me time to watch the previous movies. I definitely fail in the geek department when it comes to Star Wars. I never saw the three newer ones and barely remember the older ones. I have a former coworker who is a member of the 501st Legion.
setsuled
Dec. 18th, 2015 04:55 pm (UTC)
Tonight, Kathryn and I watched The Empire Strikes Back, in my opinion by far the superior of the first six Star Wars films

I couldn't agree more. In fact, having seen Force Awakens, I'd say Empire is the best of the first seven. But I did like the new movie. I hope you'll love Rey as much as I did. It's certainly the best J.J. Abrams movie I've seen.
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