Original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy returns to big screen in Syracuse

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The original “Star Wars” trilogy is returning to the big screen in Syracuse, ahead of the upcoming ninth and final installment in the original Skywalker saga.

The Palace Theater on James Street in Eastwood will host back-to-back screenings of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” on Saturday, June 8. Doors will open at 3 p.m., with the original 1977 film kicking off the mini-movie marathon at 4 p.m.

Tickets for the special screening are $20 in advance beginning Friday, May 10 at noon through www.afterdarkpresents.com, The Sound Garden in Armory Square, Cloud City Comics & The Palace Commons Cafe. Family four-packs of tickets will be available for a discount of $60.

Written and directed by George Lucas, the three “Star Wars” films kicked off a multi-billion dollar franchise centered on a galaxy far, far away with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess/General Leia, Darth Vader, Yoda and more. “Star Wars” today includes prequels, spinoffs, animated series, books, merchandise, fan events and even upcoming theme parks.

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” also known as “Episode IX,” will wrap up the Skywalker saga on Dec. 20. J.J. Abrams directs the new movie starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Billy Dee Williams, Keri Russell, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Marie Tran, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, and Billie Lourd.

“Star Wars” will continue with more movies, currently scheduled for 2022, 2024 and 2026, plus two live-action series on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, launching in November. Jon Favreau will direct “The Mandalorian” and Diego Luna will star in another TV show based on his “Rogue One” character.



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