Star Wars Memories: The Phantom Menace camp out

Posted this 5 years ago. I think my feelings towards TPM have changed over the years. While it will never be perfect, it is a fun movie and I think of all the prequels I have rewatched it the most. And it will always hold a special place in my heart for being the first movie I really got to camp out for, dragging my friends into the fandom world with me. Star Wars is Forever.

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It has come to my attention (thanks to dunc) that today is the 15th anniversary of the release of The Phantom Menace.

tickets please

I guess that is right. That means it’s been 15 years since I graduated high school. Freaky.

Though, for me, the movie premiere was only a small part of the experience. Most of my TPM memories are from a week before, on May 11, when my friends and I camped out for midnight premiere tickets for Baltimore’s historic Senator Theater. The Senator is an old movie house with one BIG screen, THX certified sound and only 800 seats. If you wanted to see the midnight show, you had to set up camp.

front of the line

We were 180th in line, this was not our main view. We were actually on the front lawn of a dentist’s office. No one really seemed to care though. I think a movie with…

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