Leave it to Alamo Drafthouse to fire up our childhoods AGAIN. It’s been four long years since the independent theater chain celebrated 1982 — widely considered the best summer of movies ever — screening an exhaustive line of classics: POLTERGEIST (the good one), E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, THE ROAD WARRIOR, THE THING, BLADE RUNNER, and more. A boatload of true classics. Sigh. Why has no one invented a time machine yet! People! Someone get on that, thanks.
(It’s also been five years since the theater made nationwide headlines for having integrity. FYI, salty language makes this link somewhat NSFW.)
ANYWAY — our good friends from Texas are giving us the best we can get until one of you figures out how to bend time: they’re screening the original STAR WARS trilogy in more than 20 cities across the country! Back-to-back-to-back!
Alamo Drafthouse’s VP of special events, Henri Mazza, says, “Seeing the original trilogy on the big screen for the first time is a real life-altering event and just a supreme amount of fun. When the films became available to book for screenings like these, we jumped at the chance to do something big.”
Alamo promises that each triple feature will be an event with contests, movie props, and secret surprises. Cosplay is actively encouraged, so you’ve got even more incentive to get bikini ready if you can pull off Princess Leia.
Check out the Drafthouse’s website to see if your city is already on the list. More are to come, so go back often if your city isn’t. Tickets will be available at ReturnOfTheTrilogy.com on May 4. Good timing, right? May the 4th. Do you get it? Of course you do, grasshopper.