...with "Star Wars" (The year, not the day). I am told to this day that I started crying when Vader came on screen, and my mother had to take me out of the theatre while my dad got to sit and watch it. Mom was rather upset, so dad had to sit with me while she got to watch.
I would've been nearly six.five when ToD came out, and I can't remember seeing it in the theatre at that time. Though, I do have a memory from around that age where I was standing in front of a red brick wall in between some movie posters, so who knows.
I still have the ticket stub from Crusade, however. We also had the bootlegged VHS copies dubbed from the local video store. To this date, however, my sisters won't watch the heart extraction scene!
Well, add another guy to the list of "old-timers": I was 13 in 1984 too; as a matter of fact, it came out the very day after my birthday and that's when I saw it. I don't think I thought much about the stuff like the heart extraction and all of that; I was just glad to see a new Indiana Jones adventure. Man, those were good times; the summer of 1984 was awesome with all of these great movies that came out!
Well, I was one in 1984, so if I went to TOD in theaters I don't remember.
My earliest memory of Indiana Jones, though, is of my brothers and some of their friends watching Temple on our BETA - yes, that's right, I said BETA - VCR and me not being allowed to watch with them when I was about 3 or 4. Not much later I was allowed to watch it, but I had to fast forward through the heart scene.
I didn't get to see Crusade in the theaters, either, because of the PG-13 rating. But I still loved Indy by then. And when the movies were available on VHS at McDonalds in '91 or '92 my mom finally got me all of them, and I've really been hooked ever since.
Oh, and I don't resent my parents at all for not letting me watch that scene. I agree, it's not really for kids. The first time I really did watch it, it freaked me out big time.
I was eight years old in 1984, so I didn't get to see it in the theatre, either, but an older cousin gave me a VERY detailed description of the whole movie. I vividly remember her describing in gory detail the "rip-your-heart-out" scene. That probably gave me more nightmares than the movie itself.
I was one of the lucky ones; my Dad took me to see "Temple" in the theatres( I was also 8...) and vividly remember being grossed out by the Pankot Palace dinner, and covering my eyes when Mola Ram rips out the victims heart...I also remember holding my breath when Indy cut that bridge in half...What a great time!!!
In 1984 I was 17 when I saw ToD the first time in the movies. I liked it so much, that I was swarming very much for it. I would like to see it again, and took my brother with me. (VHS release would be years later) My brother was 12 - so he did'nt get access. For him in his younger years nearly 8 miles by bike for nothing. Poor boy!
But i saw that movie again! My favored Indiana Jones movie till now!
I was only four years old in 1984, and so wasn't going to see Temple in the theater. This especially because my parents had taken me to see Return of the Jedi the year before and I'd been scared stiff by it. (Too many explosions and things I guess).
I really wish I had been around to see the original 3 in the theater. But alas, I wasn't born until a few years after Last Crusade came out!
But I do remember Raiders being the first Indy movie I saw, on VHS. Ever since 1981 it's been my dad's favorite movie. Now it's mine too! Although it took a few years before I was brave enough to watch the finale (lightning and ghosts and melting faces would have been far too much for a kid who was scared of the house air conditioner )
I think I saw Crusade shortly after that, and it quickly became my favorite for a few years. I don't think I saw TOD until I was 10 or 11...