Many of us will never know what it was like to go to the movie theater to see Star Wars for the first time in 1977. Others may remember it though they will never be able to relive it. But a recording being passed around today captures, at least, what it sounded like.
YouTube user William Forsche, who says he went to see the movie at the theater with his mother, uploaded the recording. You can skip to 2:25 to hear how the audience cheered when Han Solo saved the day and Luke blew up the Death Star:
Forsche writes that “hearing his mother laugh (@ :42 & @ 2:54) and cheer with me and the rest of the audience is absolutely priceless to me,” and adds, “You can also hear me making laser beam sounds at the end of this recording [around 5:13], because ‘Star Wars’ got me all fired up!” I can only imagine.
If you want to hear the audio along with video of the scenes in their original theatrical cut, we’ve paired them together below.