The Alamo Drafthouse’s Top 10 Films of 2011

It’s no secret that the Alamo Drafthouse is the best theater chain in the country. Sure, it’s small, but the passion they have to create the perfect environment to watch a movie is unparalleled. Case in point, their hugely popular No Texting public service announcements, incredible in-theater food selection, stunning repertory screenings and so much more.

As the new year begins, the entire staff of the Drafthouse voted on their favorite films of 2011 and selected /Film as the outlet to exclusively premiere their list. It’s extremely eclectic (The Muppets, Beginners and 13 Assassin all made the cut) but you’d be hard pressed to find a better cross section of the best 2011 had to offer. Check it out after the jump. Read More »


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No one is immune to the Alamo Drafthouse‘s strict no texting policy, not even comedian Patton Oswalt. Recently, Oswalt was in Austin promoting his new film Young Adult when the notorious Tweeter was caught on his phone in a well-lit, sparsely populated theater. Director Jason Reitman then walked in to kick him out and…wait a minute, this is a joke!

After the jump, watch Reitman and Oswalt parody the Drafthouse’s now infamous public service announcement which featured an actual voicemail left by an irate customer who actually had been kicked out of the theater for texting. Read More »

The 2011 edition of the most insane and disturbing film festival imaginable, Fantastic Fest, begins on Thursday. For a week straight some of the most violent, disgusting and frightening films from across the world will descend on the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, Texas and while we’ve already told you what films we’re most excited for, there’s only one man who knows about them all: Tim League. League is not only the CEO of the Drafthouse, he’s the co-creator of Fantastic Fest and its Creative Director, meaning almost every film and event that’s schedule has to go through his unique filter.

After the jump is our interview with League in which he discusses some of this year’s wild parties, five films he think we’ll all be talking about after the festival, why Universal’s The Thing and Toronto Midnight Madness winner The Raid (most likely) won’t be screening, his frightening fight with Knuckle star James Quinn McDonagh, the expansion of the Alamo and Mondo brands and much more. Read More »

Monday afternoon, I was on the phone with Tim League, the founder and CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse, where we discussed what’s going on with this year’s Fantastic Fest, which he also co-founded. During our interview, I obviously asked about the latest in regards to expanding the Alamo Drafthouse brand into other major cities. And while he didn’t have anything new to report from the coasts, he did let it slip that they’re opening a brand new one in Colorado. Cut to a little bit later and we have a press release full of information.

The Alamo Drafthouse, one of the best movie theaters chains in the world (if not the best) will open a new location called the Alamo Aspen Grave in late 2012 in the Aspen Grove Shopping Center in Littleton, Colorado. It’ll be a seven screen theater with all the amenities – great food, retro screenings, beer – that make the Alamo brand so special.

After the jump, check out the full press release with a bunch of additional info and check back later this week for our interview with Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League. Read More »

Just when you thought the Alamo Drafthouse was done with their 2011 Texas Rolling Roadshow, they’ve added one more stop and this one has a higher purpose. The Days Inn in Hillsboro, Texas was a major location in Wes Anderson‘s feature debut Bottle Rocket and it’s in danger of shutting down. So, the Drafthouse has teamed up with several partners to host a fundraising screening for the hotel on Saturday July 9 that will be paired with a limited edition poster by Rich Kelly. Read more about the event, the hotel and see the full poster after the jump. Read More »

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 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 »