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 »
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Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Honestly, we might never see a better summer than 1982. Almost every single weekend, Hollywood released a would be classic: The Thing, Blade Runner, E.T., the list goes on and on. And when something is that successful, what does Hollywood do? Release a sequel, of course. That’s exactly what the Alamo Drafthouse is doing this summer.
After last year’s successful Summer of ’82 screening series, this year will mark the Summer of 1983 screening series. Starting with the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, the Drafthouse’s various locations will screen movies such as Scarface, Risky Business, Octopussy, The Deadly Spawn, WarGames, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jaws 3D and others.
Below, find out how to get tickets, see the poster and watch a trailer. Read More »
Everything about Michael Bay movies is big. Even his “small” movies, like Pain & Gain, are big. So when the Alamo Drafthouse decided to host an “All Bay, All Day” marathon to celebrate his latest film, of course, things have to be Bay-sized. The event is called Baymageddon and it’ll go down Sunday April 21 at Alamo Drafthouses in Austin, Littleton, Kansas City and Houston.
Three mystery Michael Bay movies will screen, one after the other, culminating in an advanced screening of his latest film Pain & Gain. (The new film which opens for real on April 26.) See the full event poster, trailer, special menu, and ticketing info below. Read More »
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Briefly: A Los Angeles blog is reporting that the Alamo Drafthouse is finally coming to the movie capital of the world. The location would be downtown, at the corner of 4th and Main Streets, and feature eight screens. “Plans call for the theater to be built into the hill with a rooftop garden,” the site says, and it would open sometime in 2014.
A Drafthouse spokesperson said “We have had discussions but there is no formalized agreement” so nothing is official yet. In the past, the second something is official (as in Colorado, New York or San Francisco) a press release is sent out. So don’t start lining up for Mondo posters just yet. But maybe LA fans will soon have their chance. [DTLA News]
Kevin Tong‘s Sights Unseen art exhibit is like when Carrie goes nuts on Homeland and puts up a huge bulletin board of work. It’s overwhelming and blinding, but totally genius. Tong, one of the most well-respected and talented screenprint artists working today, has created an exhibit not just for movie fans. It’s for everyone.
Comprised of over 200 drawings from the entire course of Tong’s career, the exhibit hits like a ton of bricks. It’s difficult to believe he’s assembled this much work in one space. As you begin to explore the nooks and crannies of the gallery, you’ll find beautiful movie pieces, music pieces and more general art pieces that Tong created on the way to larger, more commercial work. It’s one of those exhibits fans will have to explore again and again because they’ll find something new and exciting every single time through.
Tong has done movie posters for Mondo, Gallery 1988, Spoke Art, worked for bands like Phish, The Black Keys, Bon Iver and many more. But all of it started with these drawings and seeing them as a whole is not only to see the arc of an artist’s career, it spotlights an evolving style and ideas that are radically out of the box.
Sights Unseen is currently on display at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA through April 3. Below, we’ve captured just a few of the movie and pop culture related pieces. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.
With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
New York is already a pretty sweet place to live if you’re a film lover. Not only is it among the first stops for limited releases, its popularity as a shooting location means New Yorkers are constantly surrounded by the sites of iconic movie scenes. It’s home to lots of industry movers and shakers, meaning it’s not so unusual to run into stars or filmmakers at screenings of their films. And over the next three years, it’s only getting more cinephile-friendly.
Earlier this year, the Alamo Drafthouse revealed plans to expand to New York with locations in Yonkers (2013) and Manhattan’s Upper West Side (2014). Now the Austin-based cinema chain is plotting a third New York spot in downtown Brooklyn. Called Alamo Drafthouse City Point, the theater is on track to open in 2015. More after the jump.
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