Original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy will be rereleased in theaters in a rare movie roadshow
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” may have brought in a whole new generation of moviegoers to that galaxy far, far away, but the original trilogy still holds sway as the most popular parts of the series, and the Alamo Drafthouse plans to bring it back to the masses with its “Return of the Trilogy” roadshow program.
The original “Star Wars” trio -- “Episode IV – A New Hope,” “Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” -- will be presented in their 1997 rerelease format on different days throughout the month of August. The Theatre at the Ace Hotel will host the Los Angeles screening of the films on Aug. 6. Tickets for most markets will go on sale at ReturnOfTheTrilogy.com on May 4, otherwise known as Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You.
The films will screen back-to-back-to-back, and the Drafthouse promises that individual locations will feature more than just the films. Special video content before and between films, contests and other surprises may be in store. Also, with Los Angeles being a cosplay-heavy area, patrons can probably expect a fair amount of cosplay at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. So grab your Kylo Ren helmet and Admiral Ackbar mask.
Domestic box office: $928,842,219 | Worldwide box office: $2,052,842,219 | The force returned -- big time -- with the J.J. Abrams-directed film, which introduced a new generation of characters. It was the first film in the franchise released by Disney after purchasing the rights from the saga’s creator, George Lucas.(Film Frame / Associated Press )
Domestic box office: $532,177,324 | Worldwide gross: $$1,056,057,273 | The first standalone film in the franchise fills out a story hinted at many times before as a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.(Jonathan Olley & Leah Evans / Lucasfilm)
In case you want to hit other locations nationwide, the Return of the Trilogy Roadshow locations and dates are as follows:
Aug. 6 – San Francisco, CA / The Warfield
Aug. 6 – Kansas City, MO / The Midland Theatre
Aug. 6 – Washington, D.C. / Warner Theatre
Aug. 6 – Los Angeles, CA / The Theatre at the Ace Hotel
Aug. 6 – New York, NY / The Town Hall
Aug. 6 – Miami, FL / Olympia Theatre
Aug. 6 – San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
Aug. 7 – New York, NY / Kings Theatre
Aug. 7 – Dallas, TX / Majestic Theatre
Aug. 11 – Austin, TX / The Long Center for the Performing Arts
Aug. 12 – Austin, TX / The Long Center for the Performing Arts
Aug. 13 – Austin, TX / The Long Center for the Performing Arts
Aug. 13 – Philadelphia, PA / The Keswick Theatre
Aug. 13 – Louisville, KY / Brown Theatre
Aug. 20 – Oakland, CA / Paramount Theatre
Aug. 27 – Boston, MA / The Boston Opera House
Date TBD – Houston, TX / Venue TBD
Date TBD – Denver, CO / Venue TBD
*Additional dates / locations to be announced
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