Movie Theater Marquees: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Empire 1980

Above: The lobby of an unnamed theater, probably the Avco Westwood. That helmet is part of the “Astro Explorer Play Set” seen here (worn by the kid in the catalog).

Below: Moviegoers line up at the Alabama Theatre in Houston, Texas, on May 21, 1980. Many engagements of the first run of Empire were shown in 70mm, as opposed to the more standard 35mm. There were minor changes in the two versions.

Star Wars fans wait outside the Alabama Theater to see the film The Empire Strikes Back in this May 21, 1980 photo. (Ben DeSoto / Houston Post)

(Images via Pinterest and The Houston Chronicle)

2 Responses to “Movie Theater Marquees: <em>The Empire Strikes Back</em> (1980)”


  1. 1 welshpiper September 21, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Wondering if brandishing two toy pistols at a theater today would get that kid shot…


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