The theatre in the Williamsburg Library was full for the second movie in the Star Wars film saga, “The Empire Strikes Back.” The infamous light-saber battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader was reaching its apex, and then some of the most infamous lines in cinema history were heard.
The robust sound in the dimly lit room projected James Earl Jones’s voice so that the walls nearly rumbled.
“No, I am your father!”
For the past two weekends The Williamsburg Library has been showing Episodes I through VI of the Star Wars series, in preparation for next month’s opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
More than 30 people were on-hand for the showing of “The Empire Strikes Back” Saturday, from the older fans to children new to the best-selling franchise.
Micah Lewis, who helps coordinate programs and activities at the library said more than 90 people showed up for all six films. He himself is a pretty big fan, he already has his tickets for “The Force Awakens”
The library is able to show the films through a license it holds, and there was no charge for admission. “We’ve had all ages,” said Lewis. “There’s older fans, parents with their kids. There’s a lot of excitement for the new movie.”
He said earlier this year the library sponsored a Star Wars Reads day, where children and adults showed up in costume.
Sean Doherty, 46, and his son Jake, 12, attended the screening Saturday. Sean saw the first Star Wars movie in theaters and said his son Jake has seen most of the movies more than 10 times each. Jake said his favorite movie was “Return of the Jedi”, which was about to screen in the late afternoon.
“I was very excited,” the elder Doherty said, when he heard the news about the new movie premiering on Dec. 18. “I was a little skeptical at first because I didn’t like the prequels as much. But when I heard J.J. Abrams was going to direct it I got very excited. I knew he would make it great.”