A New Hope
I first saw Star Wars when I was just 6 years old.
He took me and my sister to see it the next week (on a Saturday) and since then I've never been the same.
As I watched the film for the first time I hid my eyes under my hands through the Cantina scene (hey, I was 6 years old, the monsters were ugly). The next 10 or more times I saw it in the theater over the next 2 years I watched with eyes wide open.
It was showing in a theater on 42nd and 6th Avenue that had an
"old" panavision screen (10 times as wide and high as today's "gigga-plex"
screens) and the theater was equipped with the latest Cerwin-Vega SenSurround
speaker system and Dolby 70mm magnetic Surround system decoding.
All George Lucas really did was to retell the myths, legends, and fables of the world in a old Buster Crabb "Buck Rogers", "Flash Gordon", serial style set in space.
I think the film's) are still popular today because of this. The basic plot
is simple enough that everybody can follow it and everybody can relate to it on
a Good VS. Evil level.
I had a chance to see the Special Editions on the opening day (1st one to buy Tix for all 3 films in my city) and it was exciting but nothing like it was 20 years before that.