A Pittsburgh audience broke into spontaneous applause six times in May 1977 when the movie was first shown for critics and a very lucky preview audience. And fans have been cheering ever since.
We're talking, of course, about "Star Wars."
May 25, 2007, marks the 30th anniversary of George Lucas' space opera. It gave us "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," majestic music, Luke Skywalker, light sabers, Princess Leia hair buns, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Force, talking robots, Jedi mind tricks and a franchise that lasted for six movies, 28 years and countless memories, not to mention Halloween costumes and catch phrases.
In honor of the movie milestone, we invite you to share your memories of "Star Wars" -- where you were when you first saw it and what it meant to you then ... and now.
Keep your comments to 250 words or less (they may be edited for length and content) and we'll post them online starting next week. We also will give you a stroll through movie memory lane with reviews, timelines and photos.
Send your memories with your name and hometown to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 25, and the Force will be with you.Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM.
Sell-out crowds line up for a showing of Star Wars in this photo taken circa June 1977 outside the Loew's cinema on Times Square in New York City.
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