‘Star Wars’ Original Trilogy Returning to Theaters

'Star Wars' Trilogy Back in Theaters
Courtesy of Lucas Film

Alamo Drafthouse is bringing the first three “Star Wars” movies to more than 20 cities in August with its “Return of the Trilogy” roadshow program.

The distributor noted that the films — “Episode IV – A New Hope,” “Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” and “Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” — have long been out of release. Most of the showings will screen back-to-back-to-back as a single triple feature.

“It’s always been a dream to show the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy again — somehow, someway,” said Alamo Drafthouse’s VP of Special Events Henri Mazza. “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.”

All three of the films will be presented in their 1997 re-release format. Tickets for most markets will go on sale at ReturnOfTheTrilogy.com on May 4 — dubbed “Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You.”

Each “Return of the Trilogy” show will feature specially curated video content before and between films, contests and props.

The first “Star Wars” was written and directed by George Lucas and starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness. It was released in 1977 and grossed $775 million, displacing “Jaws” as the highest grosser of all time until “ET — the Extraterrestrial” was released five years later.

Here are the shows scheduled so far:

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 – Austin, TX / The Long Center for the Performing Arts (A New Hope)

August 12 – Austin, TX / The Long Center for the Performing Arts (The Empire Strikes Back)

August 13 – Austin, TX / The Long Center for the Performing Arts (Return of the Jedi)

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

Date TBD – Houston, TX / Venue TBD

Date TBD – Denver, CO / Venue TBD

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  1. Cher says:

    thus far, the returnofthetrilogy.com just you to the Alamo website, but here is no mention of the ticket sales for this event on that site.

  2. Marla says:

    I hope it’s going to be in 35mm!!

  3. T Commendatore says:

    We need this in Buffalo! We have younglings who need to start at the beginning!

  4. Joel says:

    A nationwide roll-out would bring in 100s of millions.

  5. Jason says:

    Oh F off with your original theatrical version whiny BS. I’m as diehard a Star Wars fan as any and I will gobble up everything put out, including the remastered versions. These comments make me hate people (too late).

    My complaint is, why not in Portland, OR! Been dying for these in theaters.

  6. Kent Kaliber says:

    WHERE IS HARMY WHEN WE NEED HIM???? I will happily go to these but I am “OVER” the “SPECIAL CHANGES” that George made!!!!

  7. Sadly, this is getting spread around to numerous websites. When fans hear “Original Trilogy,” especially with the connotation that it’s a special event, they imagine the three films in their original theatrical format. Instead, we’re getting the same version that Lucas meddled with in ’97. It’s just a cash grab by Alamo (and probably Disney) to capitalize on the residual excitement from TFA.

    I hope fans aren’t expecting the unaltered films going in.

  8. Michael says:

    Want the original versions before they were screwed up

  9. AARON DIUMANO says:

    is this event going to happen in Toronto, Canada soon too :3

  10. Conscientious Objector says:

    “Harmy’s Despecialized.”

  11. bam bam says:

    “‘Star Wars’ Original Trilogy Returning to Theaters” says the title.

    “All three of the films will be presented in their 1997 re-release format” says the blurb.

    So, it’s not the original trilogy then. Please leave the click bait titles to E Online, Variety. You used to be so much better than this.

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