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When the original Star Wars premiered on May 25, 1977, it immediately took the nation by storm. Not only did it become the largest grossing motion picture at the time, but almost singlehandedly invented the word “blockbuster.” More significantly, the world the film created and the characters contained within both resonated with fans as well as inspired, paving the way for further exploration of the Star Wars Universe through additional movies, animated television shows and a series of novels that expanded the growing mythology of the franchise. Over thirty years later, the Star Wars fanbase is as strong as ever—including in Pittsburgh, where there are multiple clubs and organizations that cater to Star Wars enthusiasts. Disney purchased the rights to Star Wars from creator George Lucas in October 2012, paving the way for the next generation of narratives and ensuring that the “Force will be with us” for many years to come.

 

Star Wars and Pittsburgh

Garrison Carida, Star Wars and Charity The Pittsburgh chapter of the 501st Legion, an international Star Wars fanclub, discussed the organization’s charity work at the December 2013 Steel City Con.

Star Wars: Hunt for the Holocron The Pittsburgh-made fan film took writer/director Martin Spitznagel ten years to complete and has been viewed over 20,000 times on YouTube since its April 2013 premier.

Star Wars Reads Day The annual celebration highlights the written-word Star Wars saga, as well as the importance of literacy, at events around the country, including the Lawrenceville Carnegie Library in 2013.

A Pittsburgh Star Wars Cabaret Missy Moreno and Friends hosted a night of comedy and music in celebration of “May the 4th Be With You” and the Star Wars saga at the Arcade Comedy Theater in 2014.

Pittsburgh Star Wars Fans and Disney Steel City fans of the epic saga discuss the sale of the Star Wars franchise by George Lucas and reflect on how the film series impacted their lives through the years.

 

Geek Pittsburgh News Blog

A Star Wars Cinco de Mayo in Stowe Rocks The Parkway Theater has combined “May the Fourth Be with You” with the traditional Mexican celebration of May 5th to create a unique fundraiser (May 2, 2013).

Steel City Con Attracts Fans of George Lucas The event featured appearances by David Prowse, who portrayed Darth Vader in Star Wars, and Karen Allen from Raiders of the Lost Ark (April 8, 2013).

R2D2 Enagagement Ring Created in Pittsburgh Based on designs by a New Jersey artist, Pittsburgh jeweler Paul Michael Bierker created a Star Wars-themed engagement ring (December 10, 2012).

 

Geek Pittsburgh Photo Galleries

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2014 The annual event was again filled with a plethora of Geek Culture, including appearances by the Steel City Ghostbusters, Star Wars fans and various film-based movie cars.

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013 The annual event offered two special treats for Pittsburgh Geek Fans in 2013, with appearances by both the Steel City Ghostbusters and local Rebel Legion from Star Wars.

 

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