Star Wars [Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope] (Original "I Saw Star Wars at Mann's Chinese Theatre" bumper sticker

George Lucas (director, screenwriter)
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher (starring)

Hollywood: Mann's Chinese Theatre, 1977. Vintage "I Saw Star Wars at Mann's Chinese Theatre" bumper sticker.

On May 25, 1977, without a traditional premiere, "Star Wars" opened in 32 theaters nationwide. According to J.W. Rinzler's 2007 book, "The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film," George Lucas was racing to finish the audio mix of the film for wide release on May 25, when he took a break to meet with his wife, Maria Lucas, at a Hamburger Hamlet, and saw a large crowd gathering in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre across the street. "So we got up when we were done, and I said, 'Let's go see what's going on out there.' We walked out the doors and I looked up at the marquee and said, 'Oh my God, it's 'Star Wars!' I forgot the film was going to be released today! Holy Moly!'"

Grauman's Chinese Theatre opened in 1927 with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's "The King of Kings," and has since been the home to countless premieres and three Academy Award ceremonies, as well as the 1977 launch of "Star Wars." In 1971 it was renamed Mann's Chinese Theatre and remained so until 2001, when it reverted to it's original name.

The film that started a multibillion dollar media empire (pun intended) which now includes ten additional live action films, animated shows, novels, comic books, video games, and countless tons of officially licensed merchandise, with no signs of slowing down. Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Alec Guinness, and nominated for four more.

Set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, shot on location in California, Arizona, Mexico, Guatemala, Tunisia, and the UK

15 x 3.75 inches. Backing completely intact. Near Fine, with faint creasing at the bottom right corner. Bright and unfaded.

National Film Registry. Ebert I.

[Book #157400]