Read how ‘Star Wars’ fans packed L.A. theaters in 1977
When the original “Star Wars” opened on May 25, 1977, only about 40 theaters across the country initially screened the movie. In Los Angeles, fans packed showings in ways theater managers and moviegoers had never seen. For the 40th anniversary of “Star Wars,” we revisit this story examining the earliest stages of the “Star Wars” phenomenon. The Times originally published this story on June 4, 1977.