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    Thumbs up 30th Anniversary!! Post your EMPIRE STRIKES BACK memories here:

    I'll go first...

    My memory of The Empire Strikes Back comes in the form of getting the Marvel Comics paperback before the movie came out and having my 12-year old head full of knowledge going into the film. I remember going to the now defunct Richmond cinema with my dad on opening day afternoon and being sat down in the centre of the cinema between my dad and some woman who'd come on her own. She kept talking to herself through the whole movie, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. When the Falcon landed on Cloud City and a caped figure comes striding out to meet the heroes, the woman gasped, "Oh, no! It's Darth Vader!" I wanted to tell the silly woman that it was not Darth Vader, but Lando Calrissian! Little did she know that Vader was in fact waiting for them.

    I also remember wanting to tell all of my friends that Yoda was a little elfin guy and that Darth Vader was Luke's father, but I knew better than to spoil it for those who didn't decide to read the novel or the comic for themselves.
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    I remember when JEDIpartner posted about ESB's 30th anniversary when the date was actually ANH's 33rd anniversary.

    My parents' first date was seeing Star Wars back in 1977, so when the Special Editions came out, they took me and my two sisters to each one. For ESB, I recall one of my sisters loudly asking "What happened to Luke's hand?" right as Vader was telling Luke he was his father. Even though I hadn't seen the films before that and knew very little of the story (I'm not even sure I knew they were all connected, and I definitely remember wondering why the first one was called Episode IV), I was aware of the father-son connection, so it didn't ruin the surprise but it was still noteworthy.

    Around that time, I got what I believe is my first-ever SW toy, the floating Cloud City from Taco Bell (I loved getting those premiums, and the magnets were mind-blowing at the time). So I recognized Cloud City in the film from the Taco Bell toy.
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    My birthday falls on May 23rd. I was 15 when it came to the theatre, and I loved and had seen the original Star Wars about 20 times. I also remember walking up to the theatre before Empire came out, and seeing a trailer for ESB along with my brother, and I almost wet my pants. I remember seeing a clip of 3PO ripping a sign off of a door, that scene never made the movie, and it whiled by so fast leaving me to wonder about all the little snippets I had seen, wondering what wa going on.

    Anyways, my dad and stepmom took me and my brother out for dinner to celbrate my 15th birthday, then they dropped the 2 of us off at the theatre to see the movie. I recall the lobby being packed with folks waiting to see this epic film. I was rather small, and as they let everyone into the room, I was crushed between two adults, who carried me about 3 feet before I managed to get loose.

    I worked as a busboy at a resturant that was on one corner of the parking lot of the mall where this theatre was located. So I would bus the tables for the lunch crowd on Saturdays, and then took my tip money, and would run down to the theatre to see the matinee showing, before getting on the bus to go home. My life was simple back then.
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    I was 8 years old and remember standing on a long line to see ESB. While waiting on line, my parents bought me the official ESB movie magazine. The most vivid feeling I can recall was shock and fear at the pictures of Han Solo in carbonite, which had a caption that said: Is this really the end of Han Solo? Then actually seeing the scene and being concerned about carbonite entering Han's slightly opened mouth. Sick stuff. Scarred me good.

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    I will say that it was the first and LAST time I ever left a movie to use the bathroom, and I did it during... Vader and Luke's Cloud City battle. Did not know the SPOILER AHEAD "father" issue until my friends talked about it at school.

    For years, it was the only movie I'd ever seen more than twice in a theater (4 times).
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    I was 2 when it was released in 1980, so my vague memory is from late 1982 during the re-release when my mom took me to see it...

    I was 22 during the 20th anniversary in Y2K and I vividly remember getting the 20th anniversary issue of Star Wars Insider...hard to believe that was 10 years ago already, too.

    Time flies.

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    Wasn't born until the year after Jedi made it to the big screen so my first acquaintance with the films were in a VHS format. I'd watch them over and over again and I remember in kindergarten making my dad fast forward through the Wampa attack scene cause I just couldn't handle it. For the record I was also terrified of the Trolls in Willow but that's a different thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bel-Cam Jos View Post
    I will say that it was the first and LAST time I ever left a movie to use the bathroom
    When Episode 3 came out, I took my son and one of his little friends to see the film. Just before it started I warned them about drinking their entire sodas, and then asked them to hit the restroom, but they didn't go. So what Happens? Just before the scene where Mace is killed by Palpatine, my son's friend (who we called Millhouse) needed an escort to the restroom.

    Anyway... for Empire, and I've told this story before, my family had tickets to see the film on the 31st of May, but I ended up getting in trouble for something stupid (not doing chores, or something similar), and we didn't go. I've held onto the unused tickets all these years, so I suppose I made out OK in the end... and got to see the film a few days later anyway.
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    The ticket was $4 way back on 1980!?!?!?!?! That seems really high for 30 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wawe1 View Post
    I was 8 years old and remember standing on a long line to see ESB. While waiting on line, my parents bought me the official ESB movie magazine. The most vivid feeling I can recall was shock and fear at the pictures of Han Solo in carbonite, which had a caption that said: Is this really the end of Han Solo? Then actually seeing the scene and being concerned about carbonite entering Han's slightly opened mouth. Sick stuff. Scarred me good.
    You just reminded me of another memory! I was going to Japan to see my family in the summer of 1979 and I had a copy of Starlog magazine. The front page was a fold out and it had two McQuarrie paintings: one was the Falcon and the surface of an asteroid and the other was a picture of the back of Threepio and Artoo plugged into a link in the Echo Base command centre. My mind just reeled at the thought of what these paintings depicted.

    I think the asteroid painting is in the Celebration Japan McQuarrie book, but I've not seen the Echo Base painting in years. I hope that it makes an appearance in the upcoming Rinzler book.
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