Star Wars fans don’t have to think twice about the opportunity to set foot inside one of the most iconic ships of all time, but they may have to stand in line for it.
Starting Friday, May 25 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, a fan-built replica of the famed Millennium Falcon’s cockpit will be open for visitors to step inside and take photos sitting in the legendary cockpit. The replica — constructed inside a 40-foot long shipping container — is designed to appear as it does in the new release Solo: A Star Wars Story, down to each little detail on the control panel. The new movie hits theaters (including Alamo Drafthouse) the same day.
The life-size replica of the cockpit will take over Alamo Drafthouse for the entirety of the weekend, with chances to visit between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. — for free. Only a limited number of tickets exist for each day, which means it’s first-come-first-serve, and tickets are handed out starting at 7:30 a.m. One ticket allows for one “group” of five people, so only one die-hard fan needs to show up that early. Ticket holders may leave once they receive their ticket (which will denote a time window) and need to return before their time window to secure their place, ticket in hand. Each group, once inside the cockpit, are allotted 45 seconds (not 30 minutes as we wrote before) to explore, take photos and act out any roles.
So far, the Millennium Falcon replica has graced three other US cities — Highland Heights, Kentucky, Atlanta, Georgia and Salt Lake City, Utah — with Denver as the final destination. Unfortunately, during the transportation between the first and second stops, parts of the ship were damaged, leaving only the cockpit for the last two stops, including Denver. Though some long-standing Star Wars fans may be disappointed that it’s modeled after the updated ship in the new movie, rather than the battered one in the originals, there’s no denying that once inside, it’ll still feel like Star Wars. So tie your hair into buns, put on your Han Solo vest or don your best Calrissian cape and punch it into lightspeed this weekend because the Millennium Falcon is taking off for good after that.
Alamo Drafthouse is located at 7301 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton.
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*Editor’s note: When this article was first published, we said the entire Millennium Falcon would be present at Alamo Drafthouse, but only the cockpit will be on display because parts were damaged in transportation between locations before coming to Denver. We were notified of this after initially publishing.