The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX operates with a few simple rules, chief among which is this: don’t disturb the people around you. Don’t talk, don’t text. Period. If you do, and people complain, you’re booted without a refund. Get the hell out and good riddance.
As you’d expect from someone rude enough to damage the theatergoing experience for other anonymous paying customers, people who get booted from the Drafthouse sometimes get angry. A customer was booted recently for using her phone during a movie, and she called the Drafthouse to complain. Her voice mail is a perfect example of so many things that can damage the theater experience. (To say nothing of life in general.) So the Drafthouse did the obvious thing, and used it as the basis for a ‘no texting’ pre-show PSA. Read More »
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Texas is known for being flat, minimalistic but still incredibly beautiful and that’s certainly the theme of the posters for the 2011 Rolling Roadshow. This year, instead of going all across the country, the Alamo Drafthouse is keeping things close to home as they’ll travel across the Lone Star State and show Texas films set in Texas. Films such as Blood Simple, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Searchers, Red River and more. The posters premiered on Apple.com and, much like happened last year with Olly Moss, this year they were all done by one artist: Jason Munn. We’ve got all the images and schedule after the jump. Read More »
Without Richard Linklater‘s slice of life film Slacker, the independent film boom of the 1990s might not have happened. Unlike almost anything American audiences had seen before, it inspired a generation of filmmakers to go out and make their own movies. Kevin Smith often credits seeing the film at the Angelika Film Center in New York as his inspiration to make Clerks, the film’s success gave Linklater the ability to make Dazed and Confused and so much more. First released in 1991, Slacker celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and the Austin Film Society and the Alamo Drafthouse are teaming up for a remake.
In typical Austin and Drafthouse style, though, isn’t a by the book remake. There aren’t any big special effects or A-list actors. Instead, 23 Austin filmmakers will reshoot scenes using the same dialogue and locations from the original film and string them together as a meta-homage. Read who the filmmakers are and more about it after the break. Read More »
Often considered one of, if not the, best movie theater chains in the United States, the Alamo Drafthouse has just signed a deal to keep their empire expanding. They’ve partnered with the number one online ticket seller, Fandango, to sell tickets for all of their screenings both online and through mobile devices. The theater will also continue their current method of online sales, through their own site. In the press release for the announcement, which you can read in full below the jump, Alamo CEO Tim League (who was recently on the /Filmcast) mentioned that plans to expand to Los Angeles, New York and “other markets across the country” are still continuing. Read More »
For the past decade, film screenings at the Alamo Drafthouses in Austin, Texas have gained legendary status in geek culture. Stars show up to premiere films there, incredible posters are designed for many of the screenings, cult classics are paired around specific foods or themed events, not to mention it’s the birthplace of the Rolling Roadshow and the host venue for South by Southwest, Fantastic Fest, Harry Knowles’ Butt-Numb-A-Thon and was recently named “Best Overall Theatrical Experience” by Fandango. And now, that unique brand of incredible film going experience is on its way to both New York and Los Angeles.
Tim League, the founder and CEO of the Drafthouse, said that plans are in the works to bring Drafthouses to New York City and Los Angeles, the two hubs of the film world, “within the next year, year-and-a-half.” With the Drafthouse beginning to distribute movies, having theaters in those markets would be a major plus. Read More »
Peter and many other editors have been earning my jealousy over the last five days as they attend Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. The major reason for my jealousy is obvious if you just glance at the Fest’s schedule. But a more minor reason is that in conjunction with the event the Alamo Drafthouse and MondoTees roll out quite a few posters for films that are on the bill.
One such film is Antichrist, the latest from provocateur Lars Von Trier. The Drafthouse has given us the exclusive full-size look at the poster, which MondoTees teased last Thursday on Twitter. Read More »
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