The ‘Force’ calls fans to theater and other businesses

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The early showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens: not only has fans packing the theater but also nearby businesses.

It’s been ten long years for fans, waiting to see latest film. Thursday night, Rave Motion Pictures at the Greene in Beavercreek let ticket holders begin seating in the early afternoon. As it got closer to showtime lines formed inside.

Kettering resident and Star Wars fan, Caroline Brannigan, dressed as Darth Vader and her dog Grace, in AT-AT attire showed up to give movie goers some entertainment beforehand.

“I had the costume, I had this costume so I just came out and thought people would enjoy seeing her and they do. They’re all laughing at her,” said Brannigan.

Even though she made it out for the premiere she didn’t even bother trying to get a ticket.

“No big hurry. No big hurry, I think it’ll be playing for a couple of weeks,” Brannigan said.

She may be in no hurry, but servers at Bar Louie, located right across the street from the theater are.

“It’s been chaotic. Everybody’s been really excited for the movie we’ve got a lot of people coming in from the movie ready to go,” said Bar Louie server, Chelsea Arnold.

Arnold said the restaurant planned for the rush weeks ago, scheduling twice as many servers and bartenders for Thursday. Specifically for the Star Wars premiere and even created special cocktails.

“Just because of the movie we have the lightside and a darkside. both really fruity martinis but also really good. I’m ready to see the movie myself,” said Arnold.

A Bar Louie manager said they’re planning on busy crowds through the weekend as well as the next few weeks because of the Star Wars release. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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