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Bill Collins
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Posted: 25 December 2017 at 4:04pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

For us U.K. members Christmas 1977 was the release of
Star Wars,my main memories are of queuing around the
block to see it at the local cinema,and just missing
getting in,having to wait outside for the next
showing! The sense of awe as the seemingly endless
Star Destroyer passed overhead at the start.The state
of the art visual effects,the sound design,THAT score!
So much to love!
Emerging from the cinema and wanting to go straight
back in to have my mind blown once again!
I remember car stickers being given to the first
viewers `I`ve Seen Star Wars` and being sooooo jealous
that those gits had seen it before me!
To think that Blake`s 7 was released on BBC tv at
around the same time with an FX budget of £50 per could they compete?
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 26 December 2017 at 12:43am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Not quite Bill.

It opened in Leicester Square on 27th December and then, at the end of January, started a phased roll out to the major cities. Itís likely that Birmingham got it around 29th January 1978. I was in Huddersfield and I remember it was near March before I got to see it.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 26 December 2017 at 1:45am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I meant the title as a Sergeant Pepper nod James,not
that it was literally 40 years ago to the day! I just
remember the hype hitting maximum at Christmas,then
seeing it shortly after.One memory is sitting through
The Oscars to see clips of the film in the days before

Edited to add,i can`t remember if i saw it at
Wolverhampton`s ABC(Now a nightclub) or Odeon(Now a
bingo hall)

Edited by Bill Collins on 26 December 2017 at 1:49am
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