Alamo Drafthouse Holds Vigil for Carrie Fisher With Lightsabers

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The death of Carrie Fisher shocked fans of the fascinating and funny actress who bravely spoke about mental illness and delighted audiences as the iconic Princess Leia in Star Wars. There seemed to be more deaths of relatively young actors this year, and movie lovers wanted to do more than just posting to Facebook about their grief. The Alamo Drafthouse recognized the pain fans felt and decided to have a candlelight vigil for the late Fisher with a bit of a twist.

Alamo Drafthouses across Texas encouraged fans to attend a free movie wearing their Star Wars themed outfits and bringing along their own lightsabers or glow sticks to honor the Princess. wrote that their local San Antonio theater “[took] donations before and after the show to DBSA San Antonio, a non-profit support group for people with mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression.”

Facebook photos from the event at the South Lamar location in Austin are heartwarming. Fans raised their colorful lightsabers to the sky outside of the theater, evoking the force to spread love for Carrie Fisher and support to her family. Sadly, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away only a day after her daughter. Both will be truly missed.