Star Wars Makes Cinema History with British Movietone

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, and a little effort from The British Movietone Digital Archive, we can now look back at London’s view of an insignificant little movie called “Star Wars”.

In their words: “The much publicised and long-awaited film “Star Wars” opens in London with queues outside two West End cinemas. At the Science Museum costumes, vehicles and Robots, together with ‘still’ photographs of the film, are on display for the public. We take a look at a scene from the film which has been seen by almost 600,000 in its first month in London.”

Looking further at the recently released AP archive on Youtube, you can also watch John Williams receiving a BAFTA for his film score:

Check out more vintage footage over at the British Movietone Youtube Channel.

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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2 thoughts on “Star Wars Makes Cinema History with British Movietone

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    What a glorious tibdit of cinema history!
    The Star Wars phenom? Partly.
    The moviehouse queue lines and gloriously-oversized animated billboard? Absolutely!

    Man, I miss those.
    I still recall being in my dad’s car, reaching the Raiders of the Lost Ark showhouse at night. It had a sweet banner with font and pics underneath the lit-up marquee. And alarming queue lines – the shortest of which turned out to be the ticket line (thankfully).

    Seeing the folks scrunched up at the ticket booth in this vid (“My turn!” “No! Mine!” “Don’t make me destroy you!”) (yeah, ESB, whatevs) also reminds of the frantic moments as the line thins out but the seller has to turn you away.

    Nothing but TV left to sate one’s craving for fantasy cinema. Oh the humanity!
    Will you wait two hours for the next showing?
    Are Jawas the used car salesman of the galaxy?

    Thanks for the post, Hayden.

  2. Yeah, trips to the cinema are not what they used to be, Atari! Sadly (?) I’m too young to have been caught in the Star Wars queues but I remember standing in line for plenty of features that followed, Raiders included.

    Thankfully I was only ever turned away from one busy film – Star Trek 3 – something I was very disappointed about after the thrills of The Wrath of Khan. My friends and I only had to wait a couple of hours on a lazy weekend afternoon, but that one disappointment has led to a lifetime of pre-booking! :)

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