I didn't actually see it until some time that summer when our family was camping near Lake Placid, NY. We took a summer holiday down from Ottawa and visited places like The North Pole (Lake Placid) and Frontiertown.
It was a rainy night and the family went into town to watch a movie. I don't remember, and never asked, who thought of it or if Mom and Dad even wanted to see the movie.
We went into the town which was already covered with banners advertising the 1980 Winter Olympics and my life was changed forever. OK, not really but Star Wars is such an integral part of my life that I sometimes think in Star Wars terms. People I know understand when I describe someplace as a "hive of scum and villany".
Of course the passage of time and the ego of George Lucas has added new ideas and phrases (ie: "Han shot first") but the fact that my oldest son loves the series (albeit he perfers the newer episodes) is really cool to me.
One of my coolest memories is going with my Dad and Sister to watch the double feature of Star Wars and Empire Stirkes Back at the old Coronet theatre on Yates (long since torn down.) I know Sean will never remmeber but we took him to see Phantom Menace while he was still a suckling babe. Opening night, midnight showing and there we were in the front row.
Aaagh what a geek!
May the Force be with you, always.