Back in 1983, Return of the Jedi was released. I was a big Star Wars fan and talked my mother into taking me to see it on opening day with my brother and a few friends (it was before I was old enough to get a driver's license!) School was out in my town but not in Sioux Falls, the nearest city with a movie theater so we figured we could get in line before the students got out of school.
The strategy worked. We got there about noon and there were about a dozen people ahead of us in line. We took turns holding our spots while others went to the nearby arcade in the mall or got something to eat. The movie started about 7pm and played to a rowdy, excited packed house that was cheering and applauding.
Now 32 years later, a new Star Wars movie comes out. I knew I had to get tickets on opening night...well Thursday night. No waiting in line, just buy them online. The theater even has reserved seats so I know where I will be sitting. I got the early show which is 7pm in Tucson.
Once again, all these years later, I will go into a dark theater surrounded by hundreds of people all totally jacked up to see a new Star Wars movie...and the excitement is still there and just as strong. Yes, you can recapture parts of your childhood.