Alamo Drafthouse Guide (11/17-11/23): Party All the Way Up to the 'Breaking Dawn' & Roast Tom Hanks Movies

The Alamo Drafthouse has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the greatest movie theaters in the history of mankind…or at least the history of movie theaters. With their signature events, ample food and drink selection, and strict no-talking policy, they make obsolete all tawdry multiplexes and completely redefine the movie-going experience. Here’s what they’re up to this week!

 
Thursday November 17th
 
 
Twilight-A-Thon
 
“We know you Twihards can't get enough of this series so we're not only showing the latest installment, but also the first three leading up to the midnight premiere! Here's your chance to sparkle with your friends through all four films back-to-back on the big screen! When you purchase your ticket to the TWILIGHT-A-THON we will hold your ticket for the midnight screening of Breaking Dawn Part 1 at the box office for you to purchase that day. Please do not purchase a ticket to a midnight screening in advance if you are attending the TWILIGHT-A-THON. It will not be in the right theater and then you will have to move out of the comfy spot you’ve camped out in all day and get back in line for another theater where your seat may not be as good. And nobody wants that. On the big day you just show up to the box office to claim your TWILIGHT-A-THON ticket and there will be a Breaking Dawn Part 1 ticket waiting there for you to purchase. Easy peesy, VIP-style.”—Drafthouse.com
 
 
Austin Alpha Foundation Presents Purple Rain
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
 
“Please come out and support the Austin Alpha Foundation as it hosts the first, Alpha Night at the Alamo Drafthouse. The film selected for this fundraising event is Purple Rain. For those who remember the songs of the movie like it was released yesterday, you’ll be happy to know that this showing is a Sing-Along! If you do not remember the movie, you’re in for a treat. There will also be a surprise at the end of the film screening.”—Drafthouse.com
 
 
Labyrinth Sing-Along
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
 
“Come on people – do I really need to say anything more than that to convince you that this LABYRINTH SING & QUOTE-ALONG is not to be missed, no matter what the goblins tell you they’re going to do to your little brother? David Bowie, Jim Henson, and Jennifer Connely created an unsurpassed work of young adult cinema in the 1980s, and somehow it’s never been properly celebrated until now. We’ll have subtitles on the screen for all of our favorite lines and every single song, so the whole crowd can yell them all out in unison. We’ll also have an assortment of goodies in your prop bag, including bubbles to transport us to the magical land of Sarah’s dreamy ball, balloons to pop around the theater while we sing the fireys’ song, and best of all – Whoopee Cushions to fart along with the Bog of Eternal Stench. Smells bad!! Suffice to say, if you miss this show, you most definitely have no power over me. YOU HAVE NO POWER OVER ME!”—Henri Mazza via Drafthouse.com
 
 
An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
 
“Sundance Film Festival award winner and Oscar nominee Don Hertzfeldt is coming to the Drafthouse for one night of pure animated bliss. Throughout the evening, Hertzfeldt will be showing some of his previous works, including the first two in his trilogy about a strange man named Bill: Everything Will Be Ok and I Am So Proud of You. Following that, his latest film, the final chapter in this trilogy, It’s A Beautiful Day, will screen with a Q&A and audience chat shortly after. To make this special event even more electrifying, we're showing all three films in 35mm!”—Drafthouse.com
 
 
Grease Sing-Along
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm
 
If you love the 50s, if the idea of poodle skirts and jukeboxes really revs your engine, then why not come together like rama lama lama and ding a de dinga a dong and sing along with your favorite moments from this musical smash hit? Complimentary combs and candy cigarettes will complete the illusion that you've traveled back in time to the 50s…as represented in the 70s.
 
 
The YE-Z In Love Sing-Along
Alamo Ritz 9:45pm; Alamo Lake Creek 9:00pm
 
“Jay-Z and Beyonce married and created a harmonious union of love and incredible music. And when they're not collaborating on a track they're collaborating in the sack as they await the 9-month bundle that will no doubt be a super human of musicality. Jay may be married to Beyonce but he has been bromancing all over the world and going H.A.M. with his boy Kanye. And with that we bring you Ye-Z in Love: The Beyonce/Jay-Z/Kanye West Sing-Along where we jam all our favorites music videos from each artist and as many collaborations into two hours as we possibly can. As always, we will have ALL of the lyrics up on the screen for you to sing-along to, light up rings, and so much more! Slap on some shudder shades and grab a bottle of champagne, but I don't think anything can get you ready for this jelly.”—Greg MacLennan via Drafthouse.com
 
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: Purple Rain is a classic, beautiful train wreck that begs to be seen on the big screen with a crowd. And hey, supporting community outreach and scholarship is a nice little bonus, isn’t it?
 
 
Friday November 18th
 
 
Master Pancake Celebrates Hanksgiving
Alamo Ritz (thru 11/19) 7:00pm; 10:00pm
 
“This November Master Pancake feasts on America’s most beloved actor, Tom Hanks, with a smorgasbord of his best and worst: it’s the first ever Master Pancake HANKSgiving!  Love him or hate him (and who hates him?) you won’t want to miss this comic retrospective of the T-man’s oeuvre, because for every Saving Private Ryan under his belt, there’s a Turner and Hooch lurking in his closet.  We’ll be roasting clips from both of those gems, as well as The Da Vinci Code, Cast Away, Toy Story, The Green Mile, Mazes and Monsters, Bosom Buddies, Apollo 13 and many, many more!  Come out to the Alamo this November and show how Hankful you are as Master Pancake lovingly eviscerates the most prolific actor of our time!”—Drafthouse.com
 
 
The Late Show: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Alamo Ritz (thru 11/19) 11:30pm
 
“We’re ramping up to light speed with the dimension-crossing chronicle of rock ‘n’ roll alien science gone berserk: Buckaroo Banzai!!! Witness the world’s leading surgeon/inventor/guitar-slinger battle soulless Lectroids from the 8th Dimension! His weapons are advanced, his wits are sharp, and his #1 pal is Jeff Goldblum in a gigantic, dumb cowboy hat! See the rhythm section of the Hong Kong Cavaliers team with the trans-reality researchers of YoyoDyne Industries to defeat the maniacal, possessed Dr. Emilio Lizardo (John Lithgow) and his reptilian henchmen (including Christopher Lloyd as “John Big-Booté”). If you’ve seen it, you know what the hell I’m talking about…and if you haven’t, your curiosity MUST BE SATISFIED! Join us for the movie that transformed the summer of ’84 into a spastic, 70,000 MPH comic book triple-jammed with extraterrestrial, inter-dimensional threats and hilarious, impossible adventure! Hit the accelerator and blaze through space and time with BUCKAROO BANZAIIIIIIIII!”—Drafthouse.com
 
 
Saturday November 19th
 
 
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Alamo Village 11:55pm
 
Thrill to all the cheap laughs, cheap women, and cheap production values of one of the world’s premier bad movies. Watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show in-and-of-itself is an event, but it takes on a whole new life when witnessed within the walls of The Alamo Village with loads of audience participation, dressed-up patrons, and general wickedness that has become a vital component to the film’s meteoritic rise to cult film legend. 
 
 
Sunday November 20th
 
 
AV Geeks: Balls Out
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
 
“Alamo favorites the A/V Geeks return with another mind-bending show curated from their collection over 24,000 16mm educational films. In the past, the A/V Geeks have challenged audiences with films about drugs, bus safety, venereal disease, shotguns, meat, and more. This year, the presentation focuses on films that feature balls - amazing films with bouncing spherical objects and the lessons they can teach us. This show is a must see for any fan of old educational films.”—Drafthouse.com
 
 
TV at the Alamo: AMC’s The Walking Dead
Alamo South Lamar 9:10pm; Alamo Lake Creek 9:00pm
 
“Season One of The Walking Dead established the series as yet another top-notch program from AMC right along with Breaking Bad and that other one with Christina Hendricks. The show has already taken huge U-Turns from the plot of the graphic novels and proved that it is capable of making its own compelling and exciting character-driven storylines, so the anticipation of season 2’s upcoming 13 episodes is huge. Where will they go next?!  Come watch it with your fellow zombie fans in the fortified safety of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.”—John Gross via Drafthouse.com 
 
 
The Late Show: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
 
 
Monday November 21st
 
 
Food & Film: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Feast
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm
 
“Twi-hards, Twi-moms, Twi-casuals, and Twi-signifcant others! Come sink your teeth into the first part of the final installment of the Twilight Saga in ultimate style with this full, multi-course FEAST featuring food and drink pairings inspired by the series. This is the beginning of the end, friends, and we finally get to see all the smoochy action between Bella and Edward we've wanted to see on the big screen!  Expect a spread so lush for this historic occasion that you won't know which is more swoony, the action on screen or the food on your plate!”—Drafthouse.com
 
 
Music Monday: Karp Lives
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
 
“Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film about a Band Called KARP is the story of three friends overcoming odds through rock n' roll music.”—Drafthouse.com
 
 
The Big Lebowski Quote-Along
Alamo South Lamar 10:00pm
 
If you love the Cohen Brothers’ tribute to shiftless losers with mad bowling skills and penchants for Creedence Clearwater Revival, this is the place to be. All your favorite one-liners from The Dude will flash across the screen to prompt your collective vocal worship of this masterful comedy.
 
 
Music Monday: I Want My MTV
Alamo Ritz 10:05pm
 
“You'll never look at music the same way again, again. Travel back in time to an era before MTV was saturated with Snookis and pregnant sixteen-year-olds. Join us in celebrating the golden years when the network played real life MUSIC VIDEOS! Relive the first launch with the original seven VJ's. Get nostalgic for Jimmy the Cab Driver and Joe's Apartment. See your favorite videos as they originally appeared on 120 Minutes, Headbanger’s Ball, and Yo! MTV Raps. Wonder at how Alex Winter and Pauly Shore each had successful shows of their own. Be impressed by how good the animation on Liquid Television actually was. Remember the important news events of the day as reported on by Mr. Kurt Loder. A full 90 minutes of the best music, clips, promos and animation from the glory days of music on TV. Too much is never enough!”—Tommy Swenson via Drafthouse.com
 
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: If you are a fan of Twilight, and I know a few of you are, there is no better way to prepare for Breaking Dawn Part 1 than with a feast fit for a sparkly vampire and/or a hopelessly shirtless werewolf?
 
 
Tuesday November 22nd
 
 
AFS Essential Cinema: The Awful Truth
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
 
“Before their final divorce decree, Jerry and Lucy each try to ensure the impossibility of new marriages for their about-to-be-former spouses. Largely a dramatic actor up until this point, a gun-shy Cary Grant offered his bosses $5,000 *not* to appear in The Awful Truth. Good thing they turned him down: The Cary Grant comic persona – silky, sophisticated, mostly unflappable, and utterly charming – was born with this role. He and Irene Dunne are irresistible as soon-to-be exes who can’t quite cut the cord. Co-starring Asta the Dog.”—Drafthouse.com
 
 
Food & Film: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Feast
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
 
 
Terror Tuesday: Infra-Man
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
 
“A lazerblasting supernatural kung fu robot epic from legendary martial arts purveyors The Shaw Brothers? Wrap your brain in a diaper and tear off your eyelids! The 10,000,000-year-old villainous Princess Dragon Mom awakens and sets forth to enslave the entire human race with her army of day-glo dancing rubber monster buddies! Fortunately, modern science has just completed construction of the ultimate cyborg defender: Infra-Man! All other ultra-powered crimebashers can hereby go home, because this nuclear atrocity is the most wacked-out non-stop hyperspazzblastular live action superhero monster movie the Earth has ever survived! See our favorite creature- crushing robostar use roundhouse kicks, sonic lightning beams and random inexplicable explosions to defeat ultimate evil! When the plotless no-rules cartoon mayhem of Godfrey Ho collides with the martial arts mastery of Bruce Lee…Ho/Lee shit!!!”—Zack Carlson via Drafthouse.com
 
 
Wednesday November 23rd
 
 
Weird Wednesday: Blood Freak
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
 
“This made-in-Florida poultry-monster extravaganza represents the outer limits of what man can hope to achieve in the arena of bad cinema. Like Michelangelo's frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, we can understand easily enough the means by which the work itself has been accomplished. What we cannot fully comprehend is the genius which pervades every frame of this remarkable piece of shit. Steve Hawkes stars as a sideburned Elvis-look biker with a drug problem who is recruited as a guinea pig by two unscrupulous poultry technicians to eat an experimental turkey of some sort. Not surprisingly, he turns into a giant turkey-headed drug addict with a thirst for blood, blood, and more blood. In between the brutal and hilarious murders are scenes in which the turkey-man gets laid, shoots up, and finds Jesus. Say no to drugs, OK?”—Lars Nilsen via Drafthouse.com
 
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: If you are a diehard horror fan, especially one who appreciates true genre oddities, you must see Blood Freak. Despite the fact that nearly every other holiday on the calendar has had plenty of horror adaptations, Thanksgiving still has a scant few; rare gems all. Blood Freak is among the rarest and certainly the weirdest.
 
 
Houston
 
 
            West Oaks
 
 
            Girlie Night: When Harry Met Sally
            11/17 7:00pm
 
“For me, the real question of When Harry Met Sally isn't ‘Will sex ruin a friendship?’ The big question is actually, ‘Why can't this movie be my life?’ Sure, it takes Sally an hour and a half to order a sandwich, and Harry is a bit of a talker, but together, these two share one of the greatest love stories in cinematic history. The witty banter! The New York autumn! The classy Harry Connick Jr. soundtrack! Don't even get me started on the old couples talking about how they first met, because even after a hundred viewings, I still tear up over ‘nine extra floors.’ This Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron masterpiece takes romance to the next, hilarious level, and we'll celebrate (and envy) it at Girlie Night. Pull on your days of the week underpants, add some pepper to your paprikash and let's all have what she's having!’’—Sarah Pitre via Drafthouse.com
 
 
            Graveyard Shift: From Dusk Till Dawn
            11/19 10:00pm
 
“Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the horror film that proved what a winning team Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino could be. A genre-bending journey into the depths of Mexican vampire madness, the film stars George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and Quentin Tarantino himself. When the Gecko brothers (Clooney and Tarantino) are on the run from the police after a botched bank robbery, the two find themselves with an RV full of hostages heading towards the nastiest bar south of the border. Once at the bar, you get a who's who list of genre film notables including Danny Trejo, Fred Williamson, Tom Savini and Salma Hayek dancing with a giant snake. We'll have a full night of fun planned for this evening including games, giveaways and more. Extra bonus round! We'll kick-start the evening with the Houston premiere of The Legend of Beaver Dam, a horror musical short that has played at Fantastic Fest and Sundance. A must see, this short film will blow your mind — leaving it up to From Dusk Till Dawn to pick up the pieces.”—Drafthouse.com
 
 
            TV at the Alamo: AMC’s The Walking Dead
            11/20 7:00pm
 
 
            Only at the Alamo: Anime
            11/22 7:30pm
 
The Alamo Drafthouse provides a welcome haven for fans of Japanese animation. Samurai swords must unfortunately be checked at the door.
 
 
            Labyrinth Sing-Along
            11/23 7:30pm
 
 
            Mason Park
 
           
            An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt
            11/18 7:30pm
 
 
            Horror Remix: Thanksgiving
            11/19 10:00pm
 
“When director Eli Roth created his faux trailer ‘Thanksgiving’ for Grindhouse, he claimed his inspiration was to fill a void. All other holidays had at least one 80s slasher degrading it. All holidays, but Thanksgiving. Thankfully, Mr. Roth was dead wrong. There are actual two 80s Thanksgiving slashers; Home Sweet Home (1981) and Blood Rage (1983).  These films have plenty of underrated and bizarre moments that are going to get the Horror Remix love they deserve.  We will be filling out the show with a movie that isn’t set at Thanksgiving- but DOES feature a wacked-out killer turkey- Blood Freak (1972)!  This one-of-a-kind mess-terpiece satisfies on every level: drugs, bikinis, motorcycles, blood, and turkeys. And don’t forget, after each feature the snarky puppet MCs Cheesecake and Thunderclap do their damn thing!  Join us for two hours of Turkey Terror that is not to be missed!”—John Gross via Drafthouse.com
 
 
            Only at the Alamo: Mars
            11/20 6:00pm
 
“Welcome to the distant, high-tech future... okay, 2015. A new space race is born between NASA and the ESA when Charlie Brownsville (Mark Duplass, director of Cyrus and star of Humpday), Hank Morrison (Paul Gordon, director and star of The Happy Poet) and Dr. Casey Cook (Zoe Simpson) compete against an artificially intelligent robot to find out what the heck is up there on the red planet. On the first manned mission to our galactic neighbor, this trio of astronauts experiences life-threatening accidents, severe self-doubt, obnoxious reporters, and the boredom of extended space travel.”—Drafthouse.com   
 
 
            TV at the Alamo: AMC’s The Walking Dead
            11/20 7:00pm
 
 
            Food & Film: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Feast
            11/22 7:00pm
 
 
            The Muppet Movie Sing-Along
            11/22 9:00pm
 
"Why are there so many songs about rainbows? Because there really only needs to be one! Kermit and his pals are on a quest with lovers and dreamers to find the rainbow connection on their way to Hollywood to become stars. The only catch is the menacing Doc Hopper who is trying to force Kermit into a life of fried frog legs spokesmanship. So grab a tambourine and sing along as Gonzo, Rowlf, Fozzie, Piggy, Kermit and the gang embark on a cross-country trip that shows us just how the Muppets came to be. We'll have all the lyrics up on the screen from all the songsso you can sing in your best Muppet voice, as well as some of your favorite quotable lines subtitled karaoke-style. "Movin' right along in search of good times and good news, with good friends you can't lose, this could become habit. Opportunity just knocked, let's reach out and grab it!"—Greg MacLennan via Drafthouse.com
 
 
San Antonio
 
           
            Westlakes
 
 
            TV at the Alamo: AMC’s The Walking Dead
            11/20 7:00pm
 
 
            Only at the Alamo: Anime
            11/21 7:30pm
           
 
            Park North
 
 
            The YE-Z In Love Sing-Along
            11/21 7:00pm
 
 
            TV at the Alamo: Glee
            11/22 7:00pm
 
“Man you guys are CRAZY about this show! We’ve tried to feed your obsession with a few Glee Sing-Alongs (that sell-out every single time) but that just wasn’t enough! So we caved and now we’ll be showing every new episode of the season where you can get giddy with your fellow Gleeks weekly.  So start practicing your Schuester dance moves, warm up your vocal chords to out-sing Rachel, and get fabulous like Kurt, ‘cause we’re bringing the Glee.”—Drafthouse.com
           
 
            Stone Oak
 
 
            The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-Along
            11/19 12:30pm; 4:30pm
 
“We've got to find Jack! There's only 11 months left until next Halloween! Halloween may have come and gone but it's never too late to start preparing for next year. And the best way to start preparing? By visiting Jack Skellington, the King of Pumpkintown of course! Let us follow Jack as he discovers Christmas Town, a place where smiling children throw snowalls instead of heads.  It's peculiar isn't it? We've known we wanted to do a Nightmare sing-along for a while now, but we weren't sure what season worked best. Is it a Halloween movie? A Christmas movie? Should we put it in around Thanksgiving and split the difference? In the end, we decided we didn't really care and we don't need a reason to celebrate the greatest Halloween/Christmas hybrid movie of all time. Oh, how HORRIBLE THIS November WILL BE! All the beloved songs will be subtitled on the screen for your singing pleasure and The Action Pack will be handing out all sorts of delightfully awful goodies that'll make you belt out ‘WHAT...IS...THIS!?’”—Greg MacLennan via Drafthouse.com
 
 
            Girlie Night: When Harry Met Sally
            11/21 7:00pm; 9:45pm
 
 
 
 
            Twilight-A-Thon
            11/17 4:30pm
 
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