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The Force is Strong in Knoxville

To celebrate its 45th anniversary, we take a look back at the history of Star Wars in Knoxville.

William Winnett

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Published: 8:00 AM EDT May 25, 2022
Updated: 4:09 PM EDT May 25, 2022

45 years ago in a movie theater not so far away, East Tennesseans experienced Star Wars for the very first time. Little did they know the phenomenon that would follow.

Over the last four and a half decades, generations of families bore witness to the stories of Anakin Skywalker, Princess Leia, Yoda and countless other memorable characters.

So, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Star Wars, we are accessing WBIR’s holocrons and taking a trip back through the archives to see the saga's history and impact in Knoxville.