One cast to rule all the local cinemas, and in the darkness save them. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is bringing the fellowship back together for special Q&A screenings with The Lord of the Rings cast in support of local cinemas around the world. Moderating the Q&As with director Peter Jackson and cast members Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, and more is The Late Show host and longtime J.R.R. Tolkien fan Stephen Colbert.
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It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has been hitting the movie theater industry hard. Sadly, one of the best movie theater chains around has filed for bankruptcy and will soon be under partially new ownership.
The Texas-based movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse announced that they have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of an asset purchase agreement with Altamont Capital Partners, a previous investor in the company, as well as affiliates of Fortress Investment Group, a new financial backer for the chain. This means that operations for Alamo Drafthouse theaters will continue as normal, but a few underperforming locations will be closed as part of the company’s restructuring. Read More »
If you’re the type of pop culture art connoisseur who has Google alerts set up for things like “Tyler Stout Star Wars,” here’s something that should make your ears perk up.
Alamo Drafthouse has announced that later this month, art enthusiasts will be able to bid in an open auction for rare art prints from Mondo, one of the premier sellers of pop culture art in the United States. All of the poster posters up for auction will be coming from the personal collection of Drafthouse founder Tim League, the opening bid for every single print will start at $1, and 100% of the proceeds will go toward paying Drafthouse staff and for debt and expenses accrued during the pandemic closures. Get the Mondo auction details below. Read More »
If you’re missing movie theaters and have an extra $300-plus burning a hole in your pocket, Alamo Drafthouse wants to help. The theater chain is offering patrons a chance to rent out the joint for 30 of their friends, with 40 movies to pick from, including The Iron Giant, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws, and more. The theater rental will run you $150 and there’s a required minimum food purchase of $150, too. And oh yeah, you and your friends will still have to buy tickets.
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“Today we celebrate our Independence Day.” There are few speeches as rousing as the one given in Independence Day by Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore, inspiring a ragtag team of pilots to take down the alien invaders that have wreaked havoc across the globe.
But there’s a real threat facing America and the rest of the world today, and it’s not an alien invasion. It’s the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why Alamo Drafthouse brought back Bill Pullman to inspire people to protect themselves and their fellow Americans by wearing a mask to squash the spread of COVID-19. If everyone wears a mask for just a month, we can beat this thing and truly celebrate our freedom. Read More »
When the CEO of AMC Theatres announced last week that, despite an ongoing global pandemic, he wouldn’t require AMC visitors to wear masks because he didn’t want to be “drawn into a political controversy,” the leadership behind Alamo Drafthouse theaters immediately took a stand. Alamo issued a statement promising that masks would be required in their theaters, and promised more details would be revealed about their policies this week. (AMC eventually reversed its mask policy.)
Today, Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League says he wants to make the act of visiting one of their theaters “one of the safest possible indoor activities” – specifically, he said they’re aiming to make every visit to a Drafthouse “safer than a supermarket.” Read More »
Since everyone is more hungry than ever to watch movies right now, the specialty movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse is launching Alamo On Demand, a VOD platform for cinephiles to digitally buy and rent movies. Curated by the movie nerds at Alamo Drafthouse, the new service has partnered with Lionsgate, Magnolia Pictures, NEON, Sony Pictures Classics and more to offer an eclectic mix of blockbuster favorites, genre gems, indie treasures, arthouse favorites, and more. Read More »
Although the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shows no sign of easing up any time soon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has begun easing stay-at-home rules for the state, announcing that businesses like restaurants, retail stores, museums, and movie theaters can reopen starting Friday. But in the face of Abbott’s controversial (and potentially dangerous) decision, major movie chain Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has announced that its Texas movie theater locations will remain shut.
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Alamo Drafthouse recently announced a new Virtual Cinema initiative that will allow indie distributors like Kino Lorber, Film Movement, and Magnolia Pictures to let independently owned movie theaters screen films digitally to viewers. But now they’re also using the new Alamo-at-Home banner to keep some of their longest-running genre programming alive.
In conjunction with the American Genre Film Archive, the Alamo Drafthouse is bringing their signature Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday programming line-up to the Virtual Cinema space. Just like real Alamo Drafthouse screenings, the online screening experience will include pre-show content, introductions, and discussions conducted on Alamo Drafthouse’s website, BirthMoviesDeath. That sounds like a fun way to pass the time during this fresh new hell we’re living in. Read More »
The theatrical exhibition business is suffering greatly in the wake of unprecedented movie theater closures around the country due to the coronavirus, and many theater workers have been furloughed as companies try to stay afloat during this economic crisis. But Alamo Drafthouse is trying to step up and help out: they’ve announced an emergency relief fund for its furloughed corporate-owned venue and headquarters staff, seeding it with $2 million and accepting donations to help keep their employees covered. Get the details below.
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