Every summer, the beautiful and historic Paramount Theater opens its doors for an exhausting array of classic movies, shown in twos and threes as themed events sharing a lead actor, director, style or genre among them. On Sunday, July 22, the hills will come alive onscreen (twice!) as Julie Andrews swirls and sings her doe-eyed way through The Sound of Music following Saturday’s showing of Grease — a family-friendly weekend full of sweet musical classics.
The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Avenue
Saturday, July 22; shows start at 2 pm and 6 pm
Tickets: $10 at door, $8 online
Details at the Paramount website
4th of July weekend is undoubtedly a huge weekend for blockbuster movies, partially because movie studios always release big action films, and partially because we all want as much air conditioning as we can get. Since the 4th falls on a Wednesday this year, the way we see it, we get to enjoy both weekends surrounding it as if they’re official holidays in and of themselves. With three drastically different (and sure-to-be-huge) flicks opening during… let’s just call it “Independence Week,” options for the latter weekend are admirable; whether it’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Savages or that Katy Perry movie (don’t lie — you know you’re curious) that strikes your fancy, there’s a recliner waiting for you inside The Domain’s ultra-swanky (and did we mention air conditioned?) iPic Theaters, complete with seat service and supersoft blankets in case the A/C gets too intense. Now, there’s a perk of capitalism completely worth celebrating.
3225 Amy Donovan Plaza (The Domain, between Dillard’s & Macy’s)
Visit the iPic website for info, tickets and showtimes.
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
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