'Star Wars' marathon at the Olympia Theater


OK, not THAT long ago – 39 years to be exact – American audiences were introduced to a space opera unlike any other, with laser swords, beeping robots, space ships, blue beverages, honey bun hairdos, garbage snake monsters and THE FORCE! We are talking, of course, about the original “Star Wars” films starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Chewbacca. 

On Aug. 27, the original three movies – “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” – will be screened back-to-back in a celebration of “Star Wars” nostalgia. This gives the younger generation of fans, who are likely still amped about the release of “The Force Awakens” last year, the chance to see the original films on the big screen, maybe for the first time. 

Alamo Drafthouse hosts the event, which will present the 1997 remastered versions in Digital Cinema with Dolby sound. Concession stands will be open with food, snacks, and drinks, including cocktails. Food and drink may be taken into the theater. There will be twenty minute breaks between the films to stretch and refuel.

The public is invited to don their finest Star Wars chic attire, so start working on your costumes now (or just dust off your favorite from your collection). A live emcee will host costume contests and trivia games.

BONUS: Buy your tickets before Tuesday at noon and get endless popcorn.