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Mark Hamill plays Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." For me, father-and-son viewings of the epic series has become a tradition ever since the first one came out in 1977.

JOHN WILSON, LUCASFILM VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

It's become sort of a tradition with my son and I to go see the latest Star Wars film together when they are released. My wife has no interest in going, so it's become pretty much a father-and-son activity. We went last night to see the latest installment.

Watching Star Wars movies has been a mainstay in my life since childhood and I'm guessing there are many others out there in my age group who can make the same claim. My family and I lived in Arizona when the original movie came out in the 1970s. It was a memorable event. My mom dropped off myself and a few of my friends at this huge theater in Phoenix, which was torn down in later years to much controversy because of its history. There was a line going around the block. I can't remember exactly how long it took us to get in to see it, but I'm thinking it was a considerable wait.

Anyway, that first movie was all it took for me to get hooked. It was simply called "Star Wars" when I saw it but I noticed it was later renamed "Star Wars: A New Hope." A few years later, "The Empire Strikes Back" was released and to this day, I would call that one my favorite out of the entire series.

I watched the original three Star Wars movies all over again with my son. Several years ago, they were re-released in theaters with enhanced special effects and I believe a few scenes that had been cut added back in.

Brandon and I saw the most recent film, "The Last Jedi," Monday in Lebanon in an old one-screen theater, which I enjoy a lot better than the multiplex theaters. There's a trade-off when it comes to comfort with the seats, but at least you can spread out a little more and the concessions don't seem to be as expensive. I suppose those old theaters remind me of childhood.

I'm sure at some point in the future, I'll be introducing the Star Wars franchise to my younger son, who is now only eight weeks old, and I'll be seeing them all over again.

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