Actor and North Texas resident Peter Mayhew died this week at 74. On Saturday, Alamo Drafthouse is planning to honor the actor who first played "Star Wars" character Chewbacca in true intergalactic style.
The Austin-based movie theater chain's Rolling Roadshow is planning a sunset lightsaber vigil for Mayhew at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St., according to the Drafthouse. Before a free screening of what organizers said is "one of the greatest 'Star Wars' films ever made," the Rolling Roadshow will also lead the assembled crowd in a giant Wookiee yell. They promise it will be the loudest the galaxy has ever heard. The film will start once it's dark outside, around 8 p.m.
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The vigil and Wookiee yell come after the Drafthouse had already announced a screening of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in the park on Saturday, in honor of "Star Wars" Day on May 4.
This is not the first time Drafthouse has honored a "Star Wars" actor with a lightsaber vigil. It held a similar tribute for Princess Leia actor Carrie Fisher when she died in 2016.
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