Those of you who were around in the 70s, what was it like seeing Star Wars for the first time?

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I was 13 and it was amazing to see something that looked ‘real’. The dirt and grime on everything, it felt like a whole real universe. No shiny silver suits and big finned rockets. The designs were amazing and Vader was the first ‘cool’ bad guy. And of course the lightsabers just blew everyone away.


It was more awesome than you could possibly imagine. I was 10. We talked about it and played out scenes and lines from the movie for months.


In my small town theater, Star Wars was the only thing playing for what I remember to be over 2 months. I would scrape together enough to buy a ticket ($1.25) and I would walk downtown and watch Star Wars 3-4 times a week. In all, I saw Star Wars several dozen times during it’s first run. The very first time I saw it, I remember being in awe at the size of the Star Destroyer. I was hooked from the very beginning.


I saw it in the theater when I was 5. It’s one of my first fond memories.


i actually quit a job to go see the opening in my area. ​ it was a shitty busboy job at some horrid restaurant in a mall. A York Steak House, actually. I told them i was going. they said they couldn’t get anyone else to work that night, i said goodbye. ​ it was a generational jump in movies, at the time.