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I was still a bit too young to go to a movie by myself, so I went with my sister to the theater (her second time to see it). We were attempting to make an early afternoon matinee, but it sold out while we were still waiting in line to buy tickets. It was the most anticipated film sequel in history at the time. Getting tickets was difficult at best. You had to be willing to campout at the theater.
The same theater attendant who announced to us all that the feature had sold out also added that tixs were still available for the next (late afternoon/early evening) show. I was devastated that we could not get in, but my wonderful big sis suggested that we take the attendant’s advice and buy tixs for the next feature while we were still there, and just go back later.
We returned to the theater an hour or so later after going home and grabbing a bite to eat. We already had our tickets, so we got in line to enter the theater. We waited and waited and waited. I was so bottled up with excitement and anticipation that I thought I would explode right there in the lobby before I even got to the actual theater. Every step that I took toward the theater door was another step that inflamed my enthusiasm!
When the line got us near the concession stand in the theater lobby, I noticed this incredible poster for the film hanging behind the counter. Coca Cola was sponsoring the film in theaters, and if patrons bought a large Coke they got the poster for free. Well, I wanted the poster in the worst possible way and my sister wanted the Coca Cola. She bought the beverage and I got one of the coolest posters that I had ever seen! Perfect! Both of us were happy. By the way, the poster that I got was the famous and rare Boris Vallejo poster. I sadly no longer have the poster from that day, but I do have a reprint that I bought about ten years ago. The poster is a nice tribute to the film and a cool piece of S.W. nostalgia. I recommend it to all S.W.T.E.S.B. fans. It’s available for purchase online.
Even though we had purchased our tickets well in advance for the show, the only seats available were in the first row. I had to turn my head from left to right and right to left just to see all the action. The Bon Marche Twin Cinema unfortunately closed in 1991 and was razed in 1996, but it had the largest theater screens in town in 1980.