Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: The Original Star Wars Trilogy

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Between the home video release of The Force Awakens and the debut of the Rogue One trailer, the past week has been a very good one for Star Wars fans—and it’s about to get better. Today, Alamo Drafthouse—the beloved Austin-based independent cinema chain, which now boasts 23 locations—announced that it will be taking the original three films in the Star Wars trilogy on the road this summer.

Dubbed “Return of the Trilogy,” this epic movie marathon will screen Star Wars (a.k.a. A New Hope, but we’ll still call it Star Wars), The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi “back-to-back-to-back, as one galactic-sized triple feature” at more than 20 theaters across the country.

“It's always been a dream to show the original Star Wars trilogy again—somehow, someway,” Alamo Drafthouse's vice president of special events, Henri Mazza, said in a release. “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.”

Before you get too excited thinking you’ll be seeing the original original versions, you won’t. All of the films are the same versions that were re-released in theaters in 1997. Screenings won’t kick off until August 6, but tickets go on sale on May 4 (a.k.a. Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You) at The Force is strong with this movie roadshow.