Today in History: Star Wars Premieres in 1977


On this day, around three decades ago, one of most iconic science fiction films ever to hit the film biz premiered in 32 movie houses. Let us go back in time and take a look at the opening of the first Star Wars film in 1977.

People flock outside Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood to watch Star Wars. (Photo via StarWars.Com)

On May 25, 1977, moviegoers flocked to 32 theaters to see the premiere of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope—-the American space epic that would eventually spawn five more sequels and become one of the biggest names in the movie industry.

The brainchild of George Lucas started off with a bang as one of the pioneers of modern science fiction films, noted for its cutting-edge special effects, editing, and narration. It was a blockbuster that enjoyed phenomenal success from its premiere, earning $461 million for ticket sales in the U.S. (and a total of nearly $800 million worldwide), as well as seven Oscars. The film, set “in a galaxy far, far away,” starred Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa. Main cast as they were, the iconic trio weren’t the only stars to enjoy the adoration of film and sci-fi enthusiasts; the robots R2-D2 and C-3PO, as well as Han Solo’s Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca, also had fans of their own!

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford starring as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo respectively. (Photo via Brothersoft Wallpapers)
Behind the scenes with the main cast trio, this time with Chewie. (Photo via Broadview University)
Luke Skywalker with Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2. (Photo via Total Film)
A vintage photo of the brochure for the Star Wars London Premiere in 1977. (Photo via Sand Crawler Scraps)

The opening crawl of Star Wars flicks must be familiar to everyone by now, but let’s rewind (much like the time travel ability of the Lomography Sprocket Rocket!) things a bit and take a look at the first iconic crawl again:

Sources/Additional Readings:
Star Wars on Wikipedia
THis Day in History: Star Wars Opens
17 Vintage Star Wars Pics on Total Film

Did you enjoy this little trip down in film history’s memory lane? Let us know with a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-05-25 #lifestyle #history #film #movie #star-wars #lomography #analogue-lifestyle #today-in-history


  1. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·


  2. susielomovitz
  3. explorette
    explorette ·

    yay, and heres some more star wars related stuff....... we hada convention near where i live, i had to go!!…

  4. shutterflysimmons
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  5. pomps
    pomps ·

    love star wars so many memories! my brother has so many toys, articles, magazines! he's nick name as dj is Luke!

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