It's not often that the first three Star Wars movies get projected onto the big screen, so mark your calendars, nerds. The trilogy is playing in Manhattan and Brooklyn on August 6th and 7th as part of Alamo Drafthouse's national series of screenings of the sci-fi classics.

Due to tangled rights issues, and the imperious whims of George Lucas, the first cuts of the movies are not commercially available, despite intense fan demand. As a result, organizers will be screening the CGI-augmented 1997 Special Edition versions.

The films will play back-to-back, with intermissions. They're up first on August 6th at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street.

On August 7th, the movies are headed for the Kings Theatre in Flatbush. The Brooklyn screening begins at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $55 and are on sale now.

Watch this space for more information on the Manhattan event.

Oh, and in case there was any question, costumes are encouraged.