Several different Alamo Drafthouse locations are screening Fisher’s movies, andnd some are offering Lightsaber Vigils, in honor of her most famous role as Princess/General Leia in the Star Wars franchise. Those who do not have lightsabers may bring glowsticks or flashlights – the goal is simply to “brighten the sky” in tribute to Fisher.
The first event has already past, as last night there were Lightsaber Vigils at the Alamo Drafthouse’s Texas locations (Austin, New Braunfels, Stone Oak, Park North, Westlakes, and Laredo). But don’t worry, there are plenty more events coming up if you would like to attend. On Friday, December 30 there will be Lightsaber Vigils at some Texas locations. Houston’s Mason Park at 6:45 pm and Lubbock at 7:00 pm. There is also a Lightsaber Vigil scheduled for the Littleon CO location as 6:45 pm, finishing just in time for a 7:30 pm showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
On Thursday, January 5 in Omaha NE is a 7:30 pm screening of The Burbs, a 1989 comedy featuring Fisher and Tom Hanks. The following day is a 7:00 pm screening of When Harry Met Sally, in which Fisher played the best friend of the titular Sally. The proceeds from both screenings will benefit the Kim Foundation, an organization that works to remove the stigma and promote education having to do with mental illness. Fisher suffered from bipolar disorder and often spoke about her experiences with the disease.
Throughout the weekend there will be several screening of another Fisher movie, The Blues Brothers at several Alamo Drafthouse locations: San Antonio, Laredo, and New Braunfels. They are free, though a $5 voucher for food and drinks is required to make a reservation. Donations will be accepted at these screenings for another organization that works with people suffering from mood disorders, DBSA San Antonio.
Finally, still planned but not yet scheduled are events at Drafthouses in both Dallas and Richardson. Screenings of When Harry Met Sally, The Burbs, and The Blues Brothers are all being planned, accompanied by more Lightsaber Vigils. Again, the screenings will raise money for a number of charities, including the American Heart Association, the International Bipolar Foundation, Humanist Hub, the ASPCA, The Midnight Mission, and My Possibilities.
If you are unable to attend one of these events, perhaps consider donating to one of these amazing charities in her honor.