Elkin Theatre hosts six nights of ‘Star Wars’

From left, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford must battle the evil Darth Vader in "Star Wars: A New Hope." (Courtesy photo)

From left, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford must battle the evil Darth Vader in “Star Wars: A New Hope.” (Courtesy photo)

By Ray Van Dusen

Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – While the idea has been kicked around for a few years, the force is finally with the Elkin Theatre as it will screen each Star Wars movie beginning Dec. 27.

“Back a few years ago, we wanted to do the whole sequence. We called the studio and since we had to use film back then, they said it could cost as much as $1,000 per movie. We couldn’t make $6,000 in six months,” said Bob Seymour, president of the Elkin Theatre’s board of directors.

Now that the theatre has a new digital projector, it can show the movies from blu ray and the best part is there is no admission charge throughout the screening of the saga.

The movies will be shown in order of release beginning Friday with “Star Wars: A New Hope,” Saturday’s movie will be “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” will be shown on Monday, “The Phantom Menace” will be shown on New Year’s Eve, “Attack of the Clones” will be New Year’s Day and “Revenge of the Sith” will round off the series on Jan. 2.

Doors open at 6:30 nightly with the movie beginning at 7. Concessions will be available each night.

Seymour said although no prizes will be awarded, moviegoers are still welcome to dress as their favorite Star Wars characters.

The Elkin Theatre screened a “Twilight” marathon last December and Seymour expressed interest in showing more movie sagas in the future.