Alamo Drafthouse brings original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy back to theaters

"Star Wars" fan Danny Fitzgerald of Staten Island, in Darth Vader costume, poses in front of Loews Astor Plaza movie theater in Times Square in New York, May 25, 1983, where fans are lined up for the premiere of "The Return of the Jedi," the third in a series of the "Star Wars" saga. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff)

NEW YORK (AP/KXAN) — On the heels of “The Force Awakens,” the original “Star Wars” trilogy is coming back to theaters this summer.

The Alamo Drafthouse announced Tuesday that it will roll out a “Star Wars” road show beginning Aug. 6 in select cities. The three films — “A New Hope,” ”The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” — will typically play in back-to-back-to-back screenings.

All three of the films will be presented in their 1997 re-release format.

“It’s always been a dream to show the original trilogy again – somehow, someway,” says Alamo Drafthouse’s VP of Special Events, Henri Mazza. “Seeing the original trilogy on the big screen for the first time is a real life-altering event and just a supreme amount of fun. When the films became available to book for screenings like these, we jumped at the chance to do something big.”

The films will play in about 20 cities through August, the independent theater chain said.

In Austin, the films will play over three days from August 11th until the 13th at the Long Center.

More than just an epic triple-feature, each “Return of the Trilogy” show will be in its own unique celebratory event, featuring specially curated video content before and between films, contests, props to bring the power of the Force to life, and other special surprises. And coming dressed as your favorite Jedi, scoundrel pilot, or rebel scum will be very much encouraged.

J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” is still playing in several hundred theaters. It has made more than $935 million in North America.

Tickets for most markets will go on sale at ReturnOfTheTrilogy.com on May 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars Day.

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