It has often been said that Star Wars changed the way movies were made, but it also fundamentally changed the way they were seen. Featuring interviews with a diverse ensemble of first generation fans and collectors from around the world, the Star Wars at the Movies Podcast logs personal, first-hand accounts that define a game-changing era of theatrical exhibition and created a popular culture that is still thriving. The show presents an international oral history which delves into the lasting impact of seeing the movies for the first (or 100th) time, focusing on various theater localities and the circumstantial peculiarities fans encountered along the way. In addition to the whos, wheres, whens, and hows discussed in the "Feature Presentation" interviews, the podcast offers analysis of vintage trailers and radio spots, as well as commentary on other movie-going topics from a long time ago at theaters in our own galaxy.
Ep 17: Down at the Uptown with Erik Janniche
Washington DC local and lifelong fan Erik Janniche shares stories of seeing the Original Trilogy while growing up in the nearby Maryland suburbs of Greenbelt and New Carrollton. Erik then discusses collecting ephemera documenting the area’s theatrical Star Wars history and recounts the spark of seeing Star Wars: Special Edition at DC’s legendary Uptown Theater that led to him to organizing (and negotiating) the venue’s epic campout for The Phantom Menace.
Ep 16: The Rancho Cucamonga Trio
A trio of key contributors to the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library’s “Star Wars Day” lead off Season 5 of the podcast. Event co-founders Allen Callaci and Adam Tuckerman along with Master of Ceremonies Shawn “Obi-Shawn” Crosby recall seeing the classic films in several cherished Southern California theaters (and one unidentified cinema in Illinois), then share memories of the Library celebration’s humble beginnings and reflect on its growing community impact.
Ep 15: The Power of the UA 150 with Hal Bryan
Aviation enthusiast and first generation fan Hal Bryan recalls seeing the Star Wars Trilogy in some of the Seattle area’s classic movie theaters, including the UA 150 where The Empire Strikes Back’s record-setting 61 week run took place. Bryan also sheds light on the origin and development of The Rocketeer Minute podcast. Plus, a behind-the-scenes look at Empire’s Fall 1979 theatrical trailer in celebration of the ultimate sequel’s 40th anniversary.
Ep 14: Making the Adventure Real with Tony Baxter
Disney Legend and Imagineer Tony Baxter shares memories of seeing Star Wars at Graumann’s Chinese Theatre and remaining wide awake for a 5am opening night screening of The Empire Strikes Back. Baxter then recounts the trajectory of his long and impactful career designing Disney theme park attractions, including the pathway of collaboration and ingenuity that made the Star Wars adventure real with the original landmark Star Tours simulator ride in 1987.
Ep 13: The Rise of Oomori
Graphic artist Kaz Oomori reflects on seeing the Original Trilogy at the O.S. Gekijo cinema in his hometown of Osaka, Japan as well as his career in illustration and movie poster design for modern blockbusters. Kaz breaks down his inspiration, dynamic style, and process behind creating standout promotional artwork for the contemporary Star Wars sequels, concluding with an ambitious 6-piece ensemble for The Rise of Skywalker exclusive to Arclight Cinemas.
Ep 12: An Orange County Double Bill (Part II)
Film historian, journalist, and first generation fan Michael Coate shares personal recollections of seeing the Original Trilogy on the big screen while frequently on the move being raised in a military family. Coate also provides insight on a number of significant Orange County cinemas and discusses the research methodology behind his monumental effort to trace the theatrical history of Star Wars that culminated in his epic retrospective for The Digital Bits.
Star Wars at the movies
What a fantastic podcast. Excellent attention to detail, well researched, professional edited and brings the love of Star Wars to life.
Great new SW podcast
Love this podcast! I really enjoy hearing people sharing their memories of the Star Wars films, how they saw them in the cinema and what Star Wars means to them.