Thirty-nine years ago, in a galaxy far, far away

Memorial Day weekend, 1977. The Wednesday before, to be exact.

“Star Wars” is released by 20th Century Fox. Limited release, if you can believe it.

That summer, it became the first movie I saw in a movie theater. The above-pictured Paramount Theatre in Newton Corner, MA. The picture shows the demolition of the urban block around the Paramount, which eventually claimed it, too.

That summer, something old was passing into history, and something new was about to make history.

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