In the two years since its launch, Drafthouse Films has compiled an enjoyably eclectic lineup ranging from the retrofuturistic break-dancing apocalypse comedy The FP to last year’s foreign film Oscar nominee Bullhead. But even by those standards, their latest release Trailer War is a little bit different. It’s not so much a movie as it is a feature-length compilation of trailers — gloriously bizarre, gleefully tasteless vintage trailers from low-budget exploitation flicks, in the vein of the old 42nd Street Forever compilations. Hit the jump to read more, check out the poster, and watch the NSFW trailer.

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As the debate about texting in theaters rages on, TheWrap‘s Chris Davison has proposed one possible compromise between the two sides: Designate screenings as either “texting” or “non-texting,” and deal with glowing screens accordingly. That way, movie theater purists can be assured an experience free of those disruptive lights, those who don’t mind them can Tweet / email / text to their hearts’ content, and industry folks can rake in the dollars from both types of viewers.

However, at least one guy in the business is adamantly against the suggestion, and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that it’s Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League. The Austin-based chain is renown among cinephiles for (among other things) its hard-line stance against talkers and texters, and League’s now put out a letter expressing how “horrified” he is by the idea of introducing text-friendly showings. Read about his stance after the jump.

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Even as Austin-based cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse continues its expansion into new markets across the country, its distribution arm Drafthouse Films is heading right to your front door. The label has just launched a new subscription club called Drafthouse Alliance, which gets members a series of Drafthouse Films Blu-ray (or DVD) releases delivered right to their houses in exchange for a flat fee. If Drafthouse Films’ taste in movies tend to coincide with yours, it’s a pretty sweet deal and a great way to support their efforts. More details after the jump.

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Conan the BarbarianThe ThingPoltergeistThe Road WarriorStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Tron, and that’s just the beginning. Yes, the Summer of 1982 was probably the best one in the history of movies and that’s why the Alamo Drafthouse is celebrating with a summer long, 30th anniversary celebration screening a slew of the most exciting films released that year. Plus, there’s now a significant update jumping off last month’s announcement.

Tickets for the first screening, Conan the Barbarian, go on sale Tuesday morning along with a limited number of passes that’ll get you into eight of the screenings. Second, the series has expanded significantly, adding films such as The Dark Crystal, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Vice Squad, The Secret of Nimh, Friday the 13th Part 3, Q: The Winged Serpent, Pink Floyd: The Wall and more. Third, Blade Runner will not be screened (bummer).

And finally, in accordance with the /Film sponsored screening of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial on June 8 (tickets on sale May 25) we’re proud to exclusively debut the Mondo poster for the film by artist Dan McCarthy. Check out the poster, the important links, full lineup and more after the jump. Read More »

As the Austin, TX-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has become one of the major templates for a movie theater chain that pleases filmmakers and audiences alike, film lovers in other cities have hoped the company might find a home in places outside Texas. An early expansion of the chain didn’t exactly go without a hitch, as founders Tim and Karrie League sold the brand name, which led to some expansions in Texas that weren’t quite up to spec.

In 2010 Tim League came back on as CEO of the Drafthouse, and since has been running it as the premiere boutique cinema chain. The current Texas theaters will soon be complimented by expansions announced for San Francisco, Virginia, and Colorado. Today the company announces a long hoped-for New York City location.

The Alamo Drafthouse New York will be in the former Metro Theater at 2626 Broadway, on the Upper West Side. The company promises that the new five-screen location will feature all the things fans like about the Drafthouse: the strict no talking and texting policy, the food and beverage selection, and the creative special events and repertory programming that goes alongside the booking of new films.

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Earlier this week we told you that plans seem to be afoot for the Austin Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas to purchase and restore the New Mission Theater in San Francisco. The theater is a registered landmark that closed for business in 1993.

And, yes, Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League recently made a deal to restore the theater and operate the reinvigorated space as an Alamo Drafthouse location. Read on for details on the renovation plan, direct from League. Read More »

Los Angeles might be the movie capital of the world, but another city in the same state could be the first in California to open an Alamo Drafthouse. SFist.com is reporting there’s a proposal on the table to turn San Francisco’s historic New Mission Theater into a five-screen Drafthouse. However, because the theater – which has been closed since 1993 – is a historical landmark, a Historic Preservation Committee must first approve a proposal the property’s owner and Alamo executives have devised. That will go down on Wednesday. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Germain was just wondering earlier this week about a possible Los Angeles location for the expanding Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which operates well-loved movie theaters in central Texas.

Turns out the next big Alamo Drafthouse opening will be on the outskirts of Washington, DC, in Ashburn, VA. Starting in Spring 2012 the retail developers involved in a planned community area called One Loudoun will begin construction on a 34,000 sq. foot cinema space, with plans for the Alamo Drafthouse to open doors on-site in Spring 2013.

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