Do you remember when you first saw Star Wars? (🎨: Bridgeliner illustration)
😮 “I was living in Bend when Star Wars came out. The movie didn’t come to our fair city on its national release day, but a couple weeks later it debuted at the Bend Tri-Cinemas, which was also opening for the first time. I had just graduated from high school a few days earlier and I went with several friends. We waited in line for several hours, even though Star Wars was showing on all three screens. When we finally got to the entry, we were advised that the theater was almost full and the only remaining seats were in the front row. We were given a choice of those seats or waiting another hour for the next showing on another screen.
“We chose to take the front row seats, which felt like they were just inches away from that giant screen. Watching that movie with all the special effects was an amazing experience — especially when it was right in our face. We had such a great time that we came back the next night for another viewing.” - Greg H.
✨ “It was playing at the small theater in Estacada, the owner of the theater was quite a character and had the foresight to book it for many weeks. I went to see it and returned week after week fascinated by this movie so different from what else I had seen.” - Nancy H.
🎬 “(I was) in between jobs in 1977. I had been a sci-fi fan for years and had liked American Graffiti and THX 1138, so I knew about George Lucas’ work as a director. Hardly anyone was at the theatre west gate since this was before word of mouth brought the movie to the people’s attention. I loved the film. Didn’t go back for a long time since the crowds descended on the location (and it got busier). Still an enjoyable film.” - Sam B.
💖 “I remember when the first Star Wars came out. I went with my family to watch it and we were blown away. I remember my father saying ‘Well, movies have made a giant leap forward.’ The special effects blew our minds, the music was epic and the worlds were so different from anything we had ever seen. I remember watching it multiple times and thinking, ‘how can I possibly wait for the next episode?’” - Suzanne V.
🌌 “I was four-years-old when Star Wars came out in 1977. The biggest thing I remember, besides how utterly amazing the movie (especially Princess Leia!) was, is all the movie theater carpets. My dad took me almost every single weekend for that whole year, and well, at four I was pretty low to the ground still. So all those fabulous movie carpets became an integral part of my memories of Star Wars. And the nerdery didn't end there, I've seen every single Star Wars movie with my dad since!” - Rachel B.
To everyone who wrote in to share their memories — from the bottom of our hearts (and from one end of the galaxy to the other), thank you.
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