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You guys are ALL much more knowledgeable than I am, but I saw Star Wars four times in the theater. The first was in Hattiesburg, MS in, I believe, August of ‘77. The other three would have to have been somewhere in Atlanta, and Perimeter Mall was a frequent go-to spot for us. We went to Roswell for movies a lot, and Lenox and Phipps, and the North Springs Shopping Center theater, too — which later became a $1 theater. It is odd that I would not remember where I had seen Star Wars, as I can reel off movies I saw at any given theater, but it would be even odder that I might not have seen it at Perimeter MAll. Are you sure that it NEVER played there? I remember it being held over for dozens of weeks at a time in many theaters.
By the way, Stan, I saw a photo you posted of the old Lenox Square Theatre. Amazing. Also, I saw Empire at Phipps in that 70mm run — I was there the first week of June, right after school let out. I confess, though, that I’m not sure if I saw it in the 70mm room. Did Phipps have it in more than one room during that two week run? I saw Jedi there, too, the day it came out.
Such a great theater. LOVED that 70mm screen in the penthouse. Saw Empire Strikes Back in the second week, saw Jedi on the first day (checked out of school by my grandmother), and then again a few weeks later. Empire and Jedi were probably the two greatest cinematic experiences of my life. Saw Close Encounters on New Years Eve, I guess in ‘78. Saw Midway, in Sensaround. Saw Silverado there, too. Drove from Athens to see Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in '89 and then again a few weeks later to see Batman.