new Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and Highball

On the same day photos of the brand new, refurbished Alamo Drafthouse in Austin Texas surfaced, there’s more good news for the company. After years of trying, the Alamo Drafthouse is finally coming to Los Angeles, CA.

CEO Tim League had looked at multiple locations over the past few years, but the new theater will be in the growing downtown area. Specifically, it’ll be part of a complex called the Bloc on the corner of 7th and Flower Streets with an aim to open in 2015. Read more about the Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles below. Read More »

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new Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Photos and Highball

In 2008 I wrote a post about how The Alamo Drafthouse was the best movie theater ever. Has it really been six and a half years since I first visited Austin Texas and had my mind blown by the Drafthouse? Seems so.

Recently the Alamo Drafthouse’s flagship theater the Also Drafthouse South Lamar underwent huge renovations, including a three auditorium expansion. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and The Highball will be having their soft opening on Saturday, August 16th, just in time for September’s Fantastic Fest 2014. After the jump you can see the first Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar photos, and also an in-depth tour of the new Highball and their themed karaoke rooms. See photos and learn more information about whats new.

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Alamo Drafthouse Bans Google Glass During Movies

Alamo Drafthouse bans Google Glass

Add Google Glass to the Alamo Drafthouse‘s long list of no-nos. The Texas-based chain has officially banned the wearable devices in auditoriums “once lights dim for trailers.” While many of its rules are designed to minimize distractions for all moviegoers, CEO Tim League says the Google Glass ban has to do with piracy issues. Hit the jump for all the details on the new rule — including one potential exception.

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HER

In Her, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) takes his OS girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson) out on all kinds of dates. They lounge on the beach, run through a carnival, and even enjoy a snowy romantic getaway in the woods. But in real life, in the present, there are certain dates where your phone should be strictly off-limits. Even Siri thinks so.

For their latest no-cell-phones PSA, the Alamo Drafthouse has enlisted Susan Bennet, the actual human voice of Siri, to admonish theater patrons looking to send texts or place calls during the show. Turns out, you do not want to mess with Siri. Check it out after the jump.

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The Alamo Drafthouse’s Top 10 Films of 2013

Spring Breakers

If you think movie theaters don’t have personalities, think again. Major corporate movie theaters feel quite different from smaller, independent venues; the movies each promote show the difference. Squarely in between those extremes is the Alamo Drafthouse, a growing chain of theaters with a distinctly independent and niche sensibility. Which is what makes their top 10 films of 2013 so intriguing.

Most theaters, if they even cared about this kind of thing, would make a very mainstream list simply because they don’t see, or exhibit, enough variety to really delve into what films were great during 2013. The Drafthouse does feature that variety, and their list has a nice mix of blockbusters, critical hits, and outside the box stuff that really shows the company personality. Check it out below. Read More »

Alamo 100

We all love a good top ten list, but the Alamo Drafthouse has gone ten times better. They’ve taken the end of 2013 as an opportunity to create the “Alamo 100,” the 100 favorite films of all time according to the theater’s programming team. These films, which predictably run the gamut from undeniable classics to super-specific genre gems, will begin screening at Alamo locations nationwide in the new year. Each month will bring a new slate of films and January gives a great cross section of the list. In January, Drafthouses will screen Brazil, City Lights, The Goonies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Raging Bull, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Sixteen Candles. And that’s just the start. See the full list below. Read More »

The Alamo Drafthouse Goes Girlie With Forever Fest

Forever Fest

What’s better than Rex Manning Day, the Kellerman’s talent show, and Blane and Andie’s prom all rolled into one? Try Forever Fest: A Celebration of Girlie Pop Culture¬†from the film geeks at the Alamo Drafthouse.

The weekend-long festival includes special screenings of chick flick classics like Can’t Hardly Wait and Sixteen Candles, a discussion with YA authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (a.k.a. the Fug Girls), and a “danceoke” show. Organizers¬†Sarah Pitre and Brandy Fons are racing to get the final pieces together now, and have turned to Kickstarter to ask for a bit of help. Hit the jump for more on their latest venture.

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Alamo Drafthouse Scraps Plans for Manhattan Location

Metro theater - Alamo Drafthouse sign

New Yorkers were thrilled last year to hear that Alamo Drafthouse was all set to come to Manhattan, but alas, it’s not to be. The cinema chain has just scrapped their plans for the Upper West Side location, citing the rising cost of construction after Hurricane Sandy. Hit the jump to read more about the announcement.

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