Summer of ‘83: RETURN OF THE JEDI

Director Richard Marquand
Year 1983
Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Rating PG
Run Time 134min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

More Info IMDb

"Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station!"

Emperor Palpatine spoke power to truth and we feel similarly hubristic in announcing our kickoff to the "Summer of 1983" programming series with the RETURN of RETURN OF THE JEDI, not seen in theaters since 1997. We get excited about a lot of things at the Alamo, but the fact that we have the honor of being one of two locations across the country where you can see the most spectacular "third" ever made for the greatest trilogy of all time on the big screen, automatically places this on a list of the top 5 things that has ever happened in our lives.

This will be a very special screening on Saturday, May 25 where we are going to turn the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane into an all-day celebration worthy of the hedonistic palace of Jabba the Hutt before showing the film!

RETURN OF THE JEDI provided an immensely satisfying ending to a near perfect saga, answering the utter devastation wrought by a certain paternal reveal at the end of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK with the most emotional film in the series. The passage of time with films can sometimes produce a feeling of predestined outcomes, as story lines and characters become ingrained in our collective consciousness. But think back for a moment to your memory of Darth Vader pre-JEDI. It was an incredibly bold move for George Lucas to take Vader, a walking embodiment of evil, in a more sympathetic direction, providing an über-villain foil in the Emperor and allowing the humanity to creep back in.

We are here to argue that JEDI's dynamic scenes between Vader, Luke and the Emperor are some of the best that science fiction cinema has ever had to offer. Plus it has a rancor and our favorite unidentified character in the Star Wars (film) universe, the chubby shirtless man who cries when his beloved Gamorrean Guard-munching pet dies.

We're also going to turn the clock back a little bit to the time before the Empire, before the internets when woman and man celebrated their anticipation for a film… in LINE!

We won't be selling reserved tickets to this event since we want to encourage you to come down and line up during the day, creating an old-fashioned blockbuster!

We are going to make this well worth your while with food & Star Wars-related activities throughout the day, including a costume contest – so dress up and you may win prizes!

All shows start at MIDNIGHT. The different times indicate the different theaters the movie will be screened in, so make sure you and your friends buy tickets to the same show time!


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