A movie like Star Wars: The Force Awakens can’t be released as just a movie. It’s a party — or at least a reason to throw one. Here are a few places partying like it’s the end of Return of the Jedi, but probably not with so many Ewoks.
Alamo Drafthouse: Alamo has a way of turning movies into events, and Star Wars characters including Boba Fett, Darth Vader, R2-D2 and BB-8 will be available through Sunday for photo ops. The lobby will feature life-size replicas of the Millennium Falcon cockpit and Han Solo frozen in Carbonite. No Label’s new Hop Solo brew will be on tap. And there will be a “Star Wars”-themed menu featuring such items as “Admiral Snackbar’s It’s a Wrap!” and Wookiee Cookiees (yes, they’re … Chewy — and they come with a Solo cup of milk). 100 S. Central Expressway, No. 14, Richardson. 972-534-2120; drafthouse.com/dfw.
No Label Brewing Denton pub crawl: Speaking of No Label, the Katy-based brewery, which recently released a beer called Hop Solo, is coming north to host a Vessel Run/No Label “Star Wars” Pub Crawl on Friday in downtown Denton. We’re not sure we have to say this, but come as your favorite character and you’ll be eligible for prizes. Stops include the GreenHouse Restaurant; the Bearded Monk; East Side Denton, TX; Oak St. Drafthouse; and Harvest House. Having a designated driver or a ride service is recommended. 6 p.m. Friday. Starts at GreenHouse, 600 N. Locust St. For info, search for “The Vessel Run- No Label Star Wars Pub Crawl” on Facebook.
Grapevine Craft Brewery: GCB is optimistcally calling its party “The New Star Wars Doesn’t Suck! Celebration Event,” although it’s waiting for Saturday, so by that time a lot of verdicts will be in. And the brewery is hedging its bets with the subtitle “Or, In the Unlikely Event it Does Suck, The ‘Oh Well, We at Least Have Some Good Beer to Drink’ Event.” Two limited brews, the Master (an imperial coffee stout) and the Apprentice (a blackberry English porter) will be available. There’ll be a costume contest, pizza from the Bellatrino and Doughboys pizza trucks, and an appearance by R2-D2 (courtesy of PanTech Design). Noon-10 p.m. Saturday. 906 Jean St., Grapevine. 817-488-2337; www.grapevineontap.com.
Texas Theatre: The classic Oak Cliff showplace will host a Star Wars: The Force Awakens costume party beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Guests will be eligible to win prizes from nearby Red Pegasus Games & Comics. 231 Jefferson Blvd., Dallas. 214-948-1546; www.thetexastheatre.com.
Panther Island Ice: It’s not exactly the ice planet Hoth, but the skating rink at Coyote Drive-In is doing something pretty cool with a “Star Wars” Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Dress in costume and get half off skate rental (we’d love to see a skating Wookiee). A ticket for the movie is $6, $5 for children. At 7:15 p.m., Extreme Pyrotechnics will do a brief fireworks show set to “Star Wars” and Christmas music. 223 N.E. Fourth St., Fort Worth. 682-704-7711; pantherislandice.com.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: Members of the 501st, the Imperial costuming organization, will be at the museum 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Ticket sales are red-hot at the museum’s Omni Theater IMAX Dome, which Wired named one of the seven best screens in the U.S. to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some shows are sold out; at press time, some other weekend shows were nearing capacity. 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817-255-9300; www.fortworthmuseum.org.