We are celebrating the “Summer of 1983,” a sequel to last year’s extremely popular film series marking the 30th anniversary of the greatest Hollywood blockbusters of the 1980s – and for many people, the most wowing cinema experiences of their childhoods. Last year we honored 1982. And while that was indeed the greatest summer of movies ever, it turns out a slew of celebrated popcorn classics were released in the summer 1983 as well, movies like Trading Places, Risky Business, and National Lampoon’s Vacation.
And of course, the crown jewel of that summer was Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. We are proud to host the film’s theatrical return for its actual 30th anniversary on Saturday, May 25. Our Slaughter Lane location in Austin, TX, will be the site of an all-day, galactic-sized celebration. Alamo is honored to be one of only two places this summer where the original trilogy classic can be seen on the big screen again, the first time since 1997!
Return of the Jedi provided an immensely satisfying ending to the saga, following up the utter devastation wrought by a certain paternal reveal at the end of Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back with the most emotional film in the series. With films, the passage of time can sometimes produce a feeling of predestined outcomes, as storylines and characters become ingrained in our collective consciousness. But it was an incredibly bold move at the time for George Lucas to take Darth Vader, a walking embodiment of evil, in a more sympathetic direction, using the Emperor as a super villain foil that allowed Vader’s humanity to creep in. We are here to argue that the film’s dynamic scenes between Vader, Luke and the Emperor are some of the best that science fiction cinema has ever had to offer!
What’s more, the Alamo is also going to turn the clock back to a time before the construction of the technological terror we’re so proud of… yes, before the Internet Age, back when the public celebrated their anticipation for a film… in LINE! Reserved seating will not be available for Return of the Jedi and Alamo will be creating an all day party with food & Star Wars-related activities throughout the day, including a costume contest. Tickets will go on sale TODAY for the May 25th Austin screening of Return of the Jedi. Follow @drafthouse on twitter for exact on-sale time.
The “Summer of 1983” programming will be featured in all Alamo Drafthouse markets, including Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, TX; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; and Ashburn and Winchester, VA. Tickets for Return of the Jedi in Austin are on sale. Tickets for all other films will go on sale two weeks before each screening date.
The following films will be featured in “Summer of 1983”:
RETURN OF THE JEDI (Austin-only)
THE KILLING OF SATAN
THE DEADLY SPAWN
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION Quote-Along
Visit the “Summer of 1983” website here for film schedule and to purchase tickets!