In celebration of Quentin Tarantino’s blood-spattered return to the big screen with his new film Django Unchained hitting theaters this past week, The Alamo Drafthouse is bringing a duo of modern QT classics back to the big screen – Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2. If seeing Uma Thurman’s murderous rampage on a 55″ television screen just isn’t enough to quicken your pulse, the Alamo comes to the rescue with a back-to-back Tarantino extravaganza on both Saturday and Sunday. We’re betting they’ll have some irreverently-named drink specials (made with red mixers like tomato juice and grenadine, no doubt) to go along with all that bloodshed.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1: Sat, Dec 29 at 12 pm and Sun, Dec 30 at 3:00 pm
Kill Bill: Vol. 2: Sat, Dec 20 at 12:30 pm and Sun, Dec 30 at 3:30 pm
Alamo Ritz, 320 East 6th Street
Buy tickets here
Our favorite cinema geeks, the folks of The Alamo Drafthouse, have crowned 1982 the greatest summer for movies, ever. So, as part of its ongoing nostalgia-tinged lovefest, it’s hosting several special showings of the 1982 Steven Spielberg classic E.T., starring everyone’s favorite alien — the sweet little guy who wanted nothing more than to knock back a few Reese’s pieces and call the folks back home. Beat the heat and bring the kids this weekend (if you don’t have children, just summon up your inner eight-year-old) and take a little trip back in time.
Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10: 7 pm each night
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 South Lamar Boulevard
Buy advance tickets at the Alamo website
It’s true what they say: the stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas. If the Alamo Drafthouse has anything to say about it, our love of pop culture and cinema in particular should be celebrated with abandon and absolute geekery far and wide; that’s why they’re expanding their empire to include a new location: the Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane which opened earlier this month.
Prior to its arrival, the Alamo South Lamar was the southernmost theater in the doggedly beloved entertainment empire. Just like the other drafthouses, the Slaughter location has full food and drink service via wait staff and special events to spare. That’s the Alamo for you… just doing its part to make movie night that much cooler.
5701 W. Slaughter Lane
Open 7 days a week
See website for events calendar and movie showtimes
Those crazy kids running the Alamo Drafthouse are at it again with their irreverent — and yet still somehow reverential — antics. This weekend, thanks to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience reaction to the theater’s Hong Kong retrospective during its annual Fantastic Fest series, those pop culture maniacs are hosting something called “Asian Invasion: Hong-Kong-A-Thon” this weekend. (Yes, you read that right. Now see if you can say it ten times fast.)
From 10 pm Saturday until 8 am Sunday (again: yes, you read that right), the Alamo Ritz will transform into a Hong-Kong-a-Thon, showing nothing but the best films the industry has to offer, big and small. The painstakingly-curated list of films is being kept under wraps, but the planners promise this: “These forgotten classics will play your nerve endings like a cheap xylophone and show you things that you never dreamed you’d see in your wildest dreams.” The Alamo’s full food and drink menu will be available with its usual at-your-seat service, plus a few regional specials created just for this event. Proceeds benefit the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA).
Alamo Ritz Drafthouse, 320 East 6th Street
Saturday, February 25, 10 pm; buy tickets online.
When most of us think of Tom Hanks, we think of respectable, critically acclaimed film fare like The Green Mile, Forrest Gump and Band of Brothers. Lest we forget, though, that the man had some humble beginnings with admittedly cheesy crowd favorites like Big, Splash, Turner & Hooch and Sleepless in Seattle. Local theater gods Master Pancake take to their home stage at the Alamo Ritz this Friday night to send up one of Hollywood’s favorite living legends in a Thanksgiving weekend spectacular they’ve aptly named “Hanskgiving,” mixing live action comedy with some of Hanks’ best and worst works projected onto the drafthouse’s screen. Book your ticket early online and get to the theater an hour in advance; Master Pancake’s Thursday night show has already sold out, and Friday’s seats are filling up fast since the annual holiday weekend show has become something of a grand local tradition. Showtimes are this Friday at 7 pm and 10 pm.
$13.50 per ticket; buy in advance online to ensure seating
Alamo Ritz Theater
320 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701