At left, Mark Hamill reaches out to shake hands at the Modesto premiere and, signs autographs in the photo to the right, above. The title of Star Wars - Episode III is projected on a restaurant facade across from Brenden Theatres; Jason Mewes (Jay) of "Clerks" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," attended the premiere - and so did fans in elaborate costumes - just like the stormtrooper, above.

Photos courtesy of Anthony Housewright and Kari Volonte-Housewright

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Modesto Hosts Star Wars Premiere

In 2005, George Lucas honored his hometown of Modesto by providing one of the 11 charity premieres of "Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" at Brendan Theatres in downtown.The charity event raised money to help with construction of the Gallo Center for the Arts. The performing arts venue was completed in 2007.