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The Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy Is Coming To The Big Screen For One Night Only

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While Star Wars fans will have to patiently wait until December for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story—and the following year for Episode VIII—they'll have a chance to see Episodes IV, V and VI make a glorious return to the big screen this August.

On August 6, The Theatre at the Ace Hotel will host a special screening of the original Star Wars trilogy as part of a nationwide roadshow sponsored by the upscale Austin-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (whose first Los Angeles theater we are still patiently waiting for).
According to Entertainment Weekly, the series will be presented in their 1997 re-release format, likely to the chagrin of purist fans who weren't thrilled about George Lucas' tinkering with the original version. So, while Han won't shoot first this time around, we're still pretty excited about seeing the films in a beautiful—if packed—theater.

"It's always been a dream to show the original Star Wars trilogy again—somehow, someway," says Alamo Drafthouse's VP of Special Events, Henri Mazza told Entertainment Weekly. "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."

Traditionally, the Star Wars films have been unavailable for repertory screenings. George Lucas likes to keep those things locked up in a vault or something:

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Tickets for the screening are expected to go on sale on May 4—as in "May the 4th Be With You"—or as diehard fans known it, Star Wars Day. Tickets can be purchased here.

So, mark your calendar, get ready for a crowd, and hope that there are no projector issues.

And if you plan on joining the roadshow screenings in other cities, here are the tour dates and locations thus far:

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August 6 - San Francisco, CA / The Warfield
August 6 - Kansas City, MO / The Midland Theatre
August 6 - Washington, D.C. / Warner Theatre
August 6 - Los Angeles, CA / The Theatre at the Ace Hotel
August 6 - New York, NY / The Town Hall
August 6 - Miami, FL / Olympia Theatre
August 6 - San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
August 7 - New York, NY / Kings Theatre
August 7 - Dallas, TX / Majestic Theatre
August 11 - 13 - Austin, TX / The Long Center for the Performing Arts
August 13 - Philadelphia, PA / The Keswick Theatre
August 13 - Louisville, KY / Brown Theatre
August 20 - Oakland, CA / Paramount Theatre
August 27 - Boston, MA / The Boston Opera House
Date TBD - Houston, TX / Venue TBD
Date TBD - Denver, CO / Venue TBD