The Jedi are returning.
On May the Fourth, now celebrated far and wide as Star Wars Day, Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown Film Festival will bring the greatest deep-space saga of them all back to the big screen for a special one-day event: a 30th anniversary revival of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi that takes the classic back to the site of its May 1983 world premiere, the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
We’ve scheduled four Jedi screenings (10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 10p.m.) on May the Fourth as well as special appearances by some famous faces and beloved characters from the Jedi universe. The anniversary and location add a special sparkle to the day, but the event is also energized with the intrigue of the future with a new planned Star Wars, which will, for the first time on screen, take the tale chronologically beyond the fiery funeral of Darth Vader, one of the most iconic villains in the history of Hollywood popcorn.
Celluloid history infuses every corner of the Egyptian Theatre, which opened in October 1922 by introducing a new Tinseltown tradition — the very first Hollywood world premiere. The storied movie palace is an amazing site for the inaugural edition of the CapeTown Film Festival, which shares its name with the EW.com section that launched early this year. The brand has already become a powerhouse presence as the hub for EW coverage of pop culture’s most vivid corners: sci-fi, superheroes, fantasy, horror, comics, video games and animation.
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The festival will feature on-stage Q&A’s with major filmmakers and stars revisiting signature films that connect in special ways to the Comic-Con culture that’s soared in ambition, audience and commercial power in the past 25 years. There will be some big surprises as well as special sneak previews of upcoming films…
Nobody is more excited than me. I came over to EW late last year after 21 years of writing for the Los Angeles Times, which is where I created Hero Complex, still one of the top sites covering the scene today. The on-stage Hollywood events I did there (with the likes of Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott and Leonard Nimoy) provided the model for this new CapeTown Film Festival.
If you have a chance, join us and our fantastic partners at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian. I’m pretty sure you’ll be feeling the Force of a truly heroic event. If you can’t join us, we’ll post video right here at EW.com and audio on EW’s new SiriusXM satellite radio channel.
The price is right, too: Tickets are $11 per screening. Obviously those won’t last long when fans see the line-up. Bookmark CapeTown and check back for on-sale information. Or even better, follow EW or me on Twitter to make sure you’re ready when the time is right.
One last thing: Fans with an EW subscription or an American Cinematheque membership will have the first shot at tickets through a special pre-sale (and at a discount price, $7!) so it’s an especially good time to step into our little universe of entertainment. And don’t forget to bring your cape.