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The re-release of the "Star Wars" trilogy means new effects, new sound and long lines for fans

To Feel the Force

Star Wars will be playing on the big screen at Forum 8 Cinemas, 1209 Forum Blvd., at the following times:

  • Friday - 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 12:30 a.m.
  • Saturday - 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 12:30 a.m.
  • Sunday - 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:40 p.m.

  • For additional theater times after Sunday, call 445-7469.

    Ticket prices are $5.75 for adults and $3.50 for children. All shows before 6 p.m. are $3.75.

    Fans can learn more in cyberspace at these Web sites:

  • The official Star Wars Web site
  • Hasbro's Star Wars Universe
  • Other Star Wars Web sites
  • "Star Wars" resurfaces on the big screen Friday, and not even freezing temperatures could keep Columbians from buying their tickets early.

    More than 30 people stood in line Tuesday waiting for the box office at Forum 8 Cinemas to open its doors, despite a wind chill of minus 12 degrees. Within the first three hours, the 7 p.m. show was sold out.

    "I grew up watching 'Star Wars' videos but never had the chance to see it on the big screen," said John Gordanier, a 19-year-old M.U. student.

    Holding a lightsaber much like the one used by Luke Skywalker in the film, Gordanier said he would be at the theater Friday wearing a talking Darth Vader mask.

    It's been 20 years since the galactic adventure was first seen in 1977. Thanks to technological advances, it returns with a few added features.

    "The re-release of 'Star Wars' will include enhanced special effects, a re-recorded soundtrack in a digital format and an extra four-and-a-half minutes of film," said Joe McKie, general manager of Forum 8 Cinemas.

    Despite the cold weather and long lines, McKie expects the steady flow of ticket sales for the film to continue.

    Some fans say "Star Wars" was one of the first films of its genre, and it brought science fiction to the mainstream.

    "When I saw it for the first time, I was 10. Since then I've seen it more than eight times," said 29-year-old Columbia College student, Paul Voas. "It was the defining moment of my generation."

    The "Empire Strikes Back" will also be re-released on Feb. 21, followed by "The Return of the Jedi" on March 7. Although Forum 8 is the only theater in Columbia that will be showing "Star Wars," it might not be where the sequels are shown.

    The re-release has sparked interest among moviegoers for its special effects and remastered technology. But perhaps more than the first time, the movies also bring with them a new spirit of lost friends found again.

    "Everybody's first crush was from 'Star Wars,'" said Gordanier. "Mine was Princess Leia."


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