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Before the IMAX shows, they play selections from the upcoming movie’s soundtrack over those powerful speakers. I was there the Saturday of Star Trek’s opening weekend and when they played the theme to the TV show, the packed house went crazy, hummed along and applauded when it was done. What a cinema! Can’t wait for the big reopening!
First film I saw three times in a theater, not counting a 1999 midnight show of a faded print at the old Kentucky Oaks, a much better 2001 screening at the independent Maiden Alley in Paducah and countless other times on cable and video. Never fails to entertain or amuse. One of the greats.
The manager of this theater just announced on his Facebook page that a second screen is under construction and should be ready by the first of May 2011.
ESB didn’t reach our area until July 1980. Today’s films wouldn’t take nearly that long getting anywhere and I think that kills some of the anticipation. Anyway, my mom drove me, my brother and some of the neighborhood kids to the old Columbia Theater in Paducah, KY. On the ride home, we weren’t talking about the cool special effects or battle scenes. We questioned whether Vader was really Luke’s father and wondered what was going to happen to all the characters. To me, that was the real power of this classic movie.