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To the video-game geek of yesteryear, the box-office failure of Steven Lisberger’s 1982 sci-fi adventure Tron dealt a double blow: Not only did empty seats in the theaters point to mainstream society’s continued refusal to acknowledge the high-score-keeper as a position worthy of adulation and respect, but they also discouraged other major studios from producing arcade-based flicks of their own. Had the Disney-backed flop raked in the dollars, bespectacled button-mashers across the globe would likely have enjoyed such fine pieces of computer-graphics-laden cinema as Pac-Man: The Movie and Pitfall II: Pitfall Harry’s Revenge. Alas, with the notable exception of The Last Starfighter, the burgeoning genre faded from the silver screen like a powered-down Atari console. Recall a world where the arcade king was a god when Tron screens at midnight (see Showtimes for other dates) at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6.75. (202) 452-7672. (Matthew Borlik)