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Alamo Drafthouse Guide (1/26-2/1): The Drafthouse Take You to 'Moulin Rouge' and Throws the Ultimate Dance Party

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 January 26th
Big Screen Classics: Rear Window
“Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Vertigo is a true feat of cinema, a dizzying rebuttal of the traditional films made at the time of its release. Film scholar Robin Wood calls the film "Hitchcock's masterpiece to date and one of the four or five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us" and the adulation has grown more widely accepted by critics with each passing decade, as Hitchcock's mastery becomes more recognized. James Stewart gives an intense performance as Scottie Ferguson, a San Francisco detective debilitated by acrophobia who finds himself immersed in a twisted and sinister mystery involving the wife of his oldest friend--a beautiful and enigmatic woman (Kim Novak) with whom he grows strangely obsessed. Vertigo is a film meant to be seen on the big screen, with stunning visual tricks and beautifully framed shots, all serving a story that is absolutely thrilling.”—
Moulin Rouge Sing-Along
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“Baz Luhrmann has given us a gift that will never stop giving and no matter how many times I’ve seen this movie in a theater, it never fails to give me goosebumps all over. So the Action Pack is putting its heart on its sleeve this February and inviting you to belt out all your favorite tunes, quote your favorite lines and flash your diamond rings while you shake your maracas at the Moulin Rouge Sing-Along. We’ll have props for everyone to interact with the film as well as an IN THEATER Can-Can competition before the show. The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and to be loved in return! Love is a many splendored thing! Love is like oxygen! So come out and take a deep breath of love this February at the Alamo Drafthouse.”—Greg MacLennan via
The Anchorman Quote-Along
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm
“Ron Burgundy loves scotch. Brick Tamland loves lamp. Champ Kind loves fun. Brian Fantana thought he was in love with a Brazilian girl once...or a Chinese any rate, it was this girl, and he made out with her. These are the men of the Channel 4 News Team and they’re here to deliver... the news. If you’ve never been to an Anchorman Quote-Along, you’ve missed out on one of the most quote-able, drink-able, enjoyable nights of your life. As always we will have all of your favorite lines subtitled karaoke style for you to belt out as well as mustaches for all and a yazz flute for you to play along with Ron during his melodically intense seduction of Veronica Corningstone. Also we will have a harmonizing sing-along of Afternoon Delight and a drinking competition before the show.”—Greg MacLennan via
Zach Attack!
“ZACH ATTACK! is an evening of entertainment featuring Zach Anner (comedian and star of the OWN show Rollin' with Zach) and Zach Weiner (creator of the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and co-creator of sketch comedy show SMBC Theater).”—
Love Bites Sing-Along
Alamo Ritz 10:10pm
“For [some] of us, Valentine's Day is a time to remember how we didn't even get the little ‘I choo-choo-choose you’ cards in our paper mailbox at the end of our desk in elementary school, even though it was a CLASS ASSIGNMENT to find one special thing about all of your classmates and write it on a Valentine. Seriously, Mrs. Shellhouse's third grade class? You can't find ONE THING to write on a Valentine to me? Fortunately, there is an entire genre of music made just for our pain, and it just happens to also be the most badass music ever: POWER BALLADS. When metal went glam, and glam boys needed radio hits to afford the fancy hair product they'd grown addicted to, they slowed it down a bit for the ladies and created the anthems that would become theme songs for an entire generation. We update this show a little bit every year, and this seventh year of LOVE BITES will prove to be the greatest yet. We'll hold lighters in the air and sway, we'll pound our fists at the sky in defiance of those who would dare not love us, and we'll do it all with teased hair and animal print tights on.”—Henri Mazza via
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: If you like the Alamo Sing-Along series, or if you are planning on attending one for the very first time, this maybe the best double-header the Drafthouse has ever put together. I highly recommend powering through and doing both Sing-Alongs in one day.  
Friday January 27th
Master Pancake: Back to the Future
Alamo Ritz (thru 1/28) 7:00pm; 10:00pm
“FOR TWO WEEKENDS ONLY, Master Pancake lampoons Back to the Future (1985), a film so iconic that for a brief period in the mid-80’s it convinced people that De Loreans, down vests, and Huey Lewis were cool.  Michael J. Fox (Family Ties, Teen Wolf) stars as Michael J. Fox -- or Marty McFly as he’s called here -- who travels back in time in order to save his professorial pal “Doc”, played by Christopher Lloyd (Taxi, Star Trek III).  Along the way, McFox ends up inventing rock‘n’roll, changing history, and almost dating his own mom.  You’ll have 1.21 jigowatts of fun at this Oedipally complex movie, as Master Pancake riffs on Back to the Future!“—John Erler via
The Late Show: Wild at Heart
Alamo Ritz (thru 1/28) 11:45pm
“Based on the pulp novel by author Barry Gifford, Wild at Heart follows Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune, a young couple of outcasts who leave their hometown of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and strike out on their own.  This ‘road movie’ is a journey into the supernatural and the violent, bringing to light the dark side of America and the open road.  Adapted for the screen and directed by master director David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Eraserhead) and starring prime-era Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern, this film is one of Lynch’s finest efforts, and features a supporting cast of some of the greatest character actors of the 1980s and ‘90s, including HARRY DEAN STANTON(!), Willem Dafoe, Crispin Glover, and Isabella Rosellini.”—
Saturday January 28th
In Treatment with ASPP
Alamo South Lamar 10:00am
The Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology invites the community to join us at the Alamo Drafthouse- South Lamar for a screening of a ‘case’ from the award winning HBO series In Treatment, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.  Our panel will address the portrayal of the therapist, patient and the therapeutic relationship as they illustrate and perhaps complicate psychoanalytic ideas.”—
Kids Club: The Original Bad News Bears
Alamo South Lamar 10:45am
“Yep, if there’s one thing that brings joy to the hearts of children across the world, it’s Walter Matthau. No…wait a minute…that’s not true at all. Anyway, ol’ Dogface was already a Hollywood legend before he decided to make the unlikely leap to playing the lead in a family film. Even more surprising is that the movie was a huuuge hit, spawning two sequels, a TV series, and a 2005 remake that we won’t talk about here. But the original movie is the best of the bunch, jam-packed with zany antics, childhood triumphs, PG swear words (okay…plus a few real ones), and the type of kids movie electricity that no one’s been able to match in decades! Sure, one kid smokes, another one’s kinda racist and the coach always has a beer in his hand. But these are all parts of what made The Bad News Bears the most memorable, enduring little league epic of all time! So don’t be a wimp! Bring your kids on down, and if they end up hooked on Marlboros, we’ll refund your ticket price in its entirety. PS: This show is free.”—
Afternoon Tea: Sense and Sensibility
Alamo South Lamar 4:00pm
“You might think we created our new Afternoon Tea series just to have an excuse to nibble on delicious British baked goods. Or you might think we started it as a reason to watch period films with gorgeous costumes and classy British accents. Well, congrats, smarty pants, because you’re correct on both counts! We’re excited to launch Afternoon Tea with the Austen classic Sense and Sensability, featuring luminous performances by Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet set against the beautiful English countryside. The Academy Award-winning screenplay highlights the thrilling (but always polite!) drama and heartbreak of Jane Austen’s novel, complete with secret engagements, scoundrels and the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood. Feel as elegant and refined as the Dashwood sisters while you sip on tea, and swoon with a scone over the adorable Hugh Grant and exceedingly dashing Alan Rickman. Whether your inheritance is £5000 or £500 a year, everyone is invited to this delightful and delectable afternoon!”—Sarah Pitre via
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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 January 29th
Girlie Night: Dance Movie Marathon
Alamo Ritz 1:00pm
“I’m constantly shocked by the number of people who fail to understand the power of dance in film. Dance changes lives! Dance brings people together! Dance transforms ugly ducklings into graceful (and occasionally scary) swans! With just one montage to a catchy pop song, dance can end centuries of hate, solve world problems and maybe, just maybe, help two people fall in love. It’s high time we gave the dance movie genre the appreciation it deserves, which is why we’re screening not one but three of the greatest dance flicks of all time. We’ll start with the balletastic CENTER STAGE, which proves that you don’t need good actors to make an enjoyable movie-- just great dancers. Next, we’ll trade in our plié for the pasodoble with Baz Luhrmann’s STRICTLY BALLROOM and cheer on Scott and Fran as they fight for love and victory in the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship. Our evening will end with plenty of booty-shakin’ and battling in STEP UP 2: THE STREETS, a film that combines underdogs, friendship and a little rain to create the best dance finale in cinematic history. The marathon will also feature live dance performances corresponding to and preceding each film by Austin's own Go Dance Studio!”—Sarah Pitre via
Only at the Alamo: Dragonslayer
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“Crowned the Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW 2011, Dragonslayer documents the struggles of a local legendary skate punk Josh ‘Skreech’ Sandoval in the suburbs of California shortly after America's economic downward spiral. He's a new father but spends his days gleaming the cube in abandoned swimming pools. Featuring a variety of punk music guaranteed to make your ears bleed, DRAGONSLAYER is the ultimate rock 'n roll documentary of 2012.”—
The Late Show: Wild at Heart
Alamo Ritz 9:15pm
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: Seriously? A dance movie marathon featuring live dancers to compliment the antics on screen? Buy two tickets, even if you’re just going by yourself.
Monday January 30th
Only at the Alamo: Dragonslayer
Alamo Ritz 7:30pm
Music Monday: The Love We Make
Alamo Ritz 9:40pm
“Directed by  Albert Maysles -- the man behind the camera for Grey Gardens, the Beatles' first U.S. visit in 1964, and the Rolling Stones' Gimmie Shelter, which captured the infamous Altamont Speedway Free Festival -- along with Bradley Kaplan, The Love We Make follows Paul McCartney through the streets of New York City in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks as he organizes an all-star benefit concert, The Concert for New York City. Featuring performances from the concert itself, with unparalleled access backstage to McCartney and such luminaries as David Bowie, Steve Buscemi, Eric Clapton, President Bill Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger, Jay Z, Billy Joel, Elton John, James Taylor, Pete Townshend, and many more.”—Northwest Film Forum via
The Big Lebowski Quote-Along
Alamo South Lamar 10:05pm
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.
Tuesday January 31st
AFS: Sunrise Song of Two Humans
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
“A naïve young farmer is bewitched by an alluring city woman, who drives him toward murder (one of the most beautiful American films of the silent era).”—
Computer Error: The Worst CGI in Movie History
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“George Lucas. Michael Bay. ‘McG.’ Bloated Hollywood billionaires who’ve built their empires on the shattered remains of our childhood dreams. Since the ‘90s, the advent of computer technology has graced mankind with larger stomachs, unavoidable pornography, and the complete destruction of the film industry. Big budget movies used to be packed with daredevil stunts, ambitious effects work and innovative ingenuity. Now we’re treated to an aromatic buffet of Jar Jars, Shreks and even darker offenses. No thrills, no chills… just the 64-bit machinations of overpaid, Dorito-addicted studio schlubturds. Admittedly, most of America has been too dumb to notice, but anyone with two eyes and half a mind can see that movie magic is being violently murdered, and tonight WE FIGHT BACK!! CGI is hereby on trial, and we’re presenting enough evidence for you the jury to send it straight to the electric chair!”—  
Mondo Presents: Drive
Alamo South Lamar 7:30pm
“Our favorite film of 2011 is back to the theater for one night only! Come celebrate the Blu-ray, DVD and digital release of FilmDistrict’s Drive (nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature Film). The first 15 people in line will get a free Blu-ray copy of the film and everyone will receive a limited edition screen printed Drive poster from Mondo. Yes, one of Mondo's most hoped for posters is becoming a reality on Tuesday, January 31st!”—
TV at the Alamo: Glee
Alamo Village 9:30pm
“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.”—
Terror Tuesday: The Car
Alamo Ritz 9:30pm
“In 1983, Stephen King and John Carpenter released a wildly successful movie about a villainous automobile. With all due respect to these two timeless horror icons, Christine is a total puss. Instead, let's look back six additional years at a car possessed by The Devil himself. James Brolin plays a desert community sheriff faced with an all-powerful four-wheeled custom cruiser self-driven by The Dark Lord and capable of breathtaking paranormal feats of human extermination. Cops, children, wife-beaters, schoolteachers and crosscountry bicyclists all find themselves smeared across the pavement under Lucifer's hungry wheels. This Satanic sedan is not only seemingly unstoppable, but actually modeled after the real-life luxury vehicle of Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey, who himself served as the movie's on-set creative consultant!”—Zack Carlson via
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: The Car is one of my all time favorite horror films and one of the utmost legitimately quality. The chance to see it on the big screen is not one to be taken for granted.
Wednesday February 1st
Best of Fests: Man on a Mission
Alamo Village 7:00pm
“Last year Richard Garriott became the first son of an astronaut to go to space, but this is no millionaire’s joy ride, he pioneered private space travel to make his dream come true: from his training in Russia to his launch in Kazakhstan to the dramatic, never before seen footage inside the capsule during fiery re-entry, this is a historic moment in human space travel. Not just for space fans, this is a film that will inspire anyone who works tirelessly to make their dream come true.”—
Weird Wednesday: The Black Angels
Alamo Ritz 10:30pm
“’God Forgives... The Black Angels Don’t! Exploding Out Of The Slums, Slamming Into The Establishment! Brutally Clashing Head on in a Fury Of Blood and Burning Rubber!’ Any time a genre becomes wildly successful, as did the biker film genre after the success of Easy Rider, there are always tons of quick, cheap pictures that crop up to satisfy audiences’ and exhibitors' endless hunger for bookings. With the right title and ad campaign even a movie as hilariously bad as The Black Angels can be financially successful. Which is amazing, because The Black Angels is just ludicrously terrible in every sense. While there are no stars in The Black Angels, there is dirt - truckloads of it. It covers every performer, every vehicle, every single surface in the film. Dirt is the star of the show. Fortunately, The Black Angels is so terrible that it really does start to pick up momentum on its own terms after a while. And before it's over you may find that you've developed a real affection for the unbelievably overblown biker dialogue, the terribly choreographed fights, the atrocious rock ballads and so on. The title may be a bit misleading. There’s a subplot involving a black biker gang, but they are far from the focus of the movie.”—Lars Nilsen via
            West Oaks
            Food & Film: Dazed and Confused Feast
            1/27 7:00pm
“Join us for an Austin-inspired evening of food & film.  We are stoked to have Austin's 512 Brewing Company join us for this special presentation of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused, one of the most widely recognized movies to be filmed in the Austin area. Dazed and Confused takes place on the last day of school in 1976, following a group of high school and junior high kids as they celebrate their freedom from teachers and books. Dazed and Confused is a cult classic with an epic soundtrack, and it launched the careers of actors such as Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey, Joey Lauren Adams and Milla Jovavich, just to name a few.”—       
            Action Pack: Aliens
            1/28 7:00pm
“James Cameron picked up where Ridley Scott left off and then turned it up to 11. You will see Michael Biehn in full commander mode, aliens come out of the walls and Bill Paxton scream, ‘THAT'S IT! GAME OVER MAN! GAME OVER...’ And of course, shots will be fired and things will explode. So stay frosty marine, grab a standard issue Action Pack cap gun, a full sheet of caps and marvel at the masterpiece that is Aliens while the Action Pack provides a full-on pyrotechnic experience--IN THEATER--to all the key explosions. ‘We'd better get back, 'cause it'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night... mostly.’”—Greg MacLennan via
            Only at the Alamo: Anime
            1/31 7:30pm
The Alamo Drafthouse provides a welcome haven for fans of Japanese animation. Samurai swords must unfortunately be checked at the door.
            80s Insanity: Coming to America with All-You-Can-Eat Hamburgers
            2/1 7:30pm
“Before Eddie Murphy fell into fat suit shenanigans and unwatchable family trash, he starred in the best African-prince-comes-to-the-free-world-to-work-at-a-fast-food-restaurant-and-meet-the-girl-of-his-dreams movie of the ‘80s! Arsenio Hall (whoopwhoopwhoop!) joins a colorful cast of characters (half of which are also played by Hall and Murphy thanks to makeup maestro Rick Baker) in this R-rated masterpiece. The barbershop scenes alone will shatter your funny bone into a trillion laughing pieces. I mean, this movie is so hilarious that James Earl Jones is funny in it… and that is one serious dude! And yes, of COURSE we’ll have McDowells Burger Baskets available to purchase/ingest at this show, so come with an empty stomach and a barrel of yuks, ‘cuz Prince Akeem is gonna bust out enough Sexual Chocolate to make your Soul Glow! Zzang!!!”—Zack Carlson
            Mason Park
            Kids Club: Bugsy Malone
            1/28 Noon
“Set during the Prohibition, this gangster epic is made especially for children — with machine guns replaced with custard-shooting "splurge guns" and a cast made up entirely of pre-pubescent actors. With songs by Paul Williams and an impossibly young Scott Baio and Jodie Foster in the lead roles, adults will have no problem enjoying this classic movie musical that parodies crime films by creating a story where the only thing criminal is how cute the cast of crooks are as they wage their pint-sized war on rival families. If you've never seen this underrated '70s classic, this is the perfect opportunity to bring the entire family out for an afternoon you won't soon forget. We'll have games, prizes, giveaways and much, much more!”—
            The Rocky Horror Picture Show
            1/28 10:00pm
            Girlie Night: Sixteen Candles
            1/31 7:0pm
“I’m pretty sure that John Hughes is responsible for my survival of high school. Beneath the comic exaggerations and sweet romanticism, the ordinary geeks in his films all gave me the same life-changing advice: “Prepare for the worst, but don’t stop hoping for the best.” And no character exemplifies this wisdom better than Samantha Baker in Sixteen Candles. Whenever I had a particularly rough day in school, or an extremely awkward encounter with my unrequited crush, I always reminded myself that Samantha had it worse. Like, did a freshman guy ever try to dance with me while spastically yelling, “Very hot! Very hot!” Um, no. Did my entire family ever forget my birthday? No way! Did my grandmother ever feel me up? HECK NO. Samantha, on the other hand, endured all of that crap (and more!) and she STILL got to kiss the hottest senior over a tasty birthday cake in a super posh house. In celebration of those tiny (yet monumental) teenage triumphs over adversity and awkwardness, I invite you to join me for Girlie Night, where we’ll pass sex test notes, stare obsessively at Jake Ryan and toast to the wonderful legacy of John Hughes.”—Sarah Pitre via
San Antonio
            The Rocky Horror Picture Show
            1/26 10:30pm
            Spurs Game
            1/27 7:00pm
“Come see the San Antonio Spurs on the biggest Sony HD screen in town! Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Enjoy $3 domestic draft special and full at your seat service throughout the game!”—
            Spurs Game
            1/29 5:30pm
            Action Pack: Aliens
            1/29 7:00pm
            Spurs Game
            1/30 7:00pm
            Only at the Alamo: Anime
            1/30 7:30pm
            Con Air
            1/31 7:00pm; 10:00pm
“Featuring Drafthouse ESB specials and complimentary white wife beaters, this show is designed to please every Nic Cage-adoring, mullet-loving, action movie -obsessing fan everywhere! A newly released ex-con and former US Ranger finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control. Also starring John Cusack, John Malkovich, Ving Rhames, Dave Chappelle, Steve Buscemi and Danny Trejo, Con Air is like the action-packed '90s come to life right before your very eyes! One of the most high-octane, macho, ridiculously entertaining action movies ever, Con Air is the original crazy Cage riot!”—
            Park North
            Big Screen Classics: Vertigo
            1/26 7:00pm
            1/29 4:30pm; 7:30pm
“Join us as we travel back in time to visit Allison--a "square" good girl who has decided she wants to be bad and falls hard for Cry-Baby Walker, a Greaser. Spoofing Elvis movies and juvenile delinquency scare films of the '50s, this movie follows the adventures of Cry-Baby who, though he is sent to juvie, is determined to cross class (and taste) boundaries to get Allison back. Starring Johnny Depp in one of his first truly swoon-worthy roles, Cry-Baby is director John Waters at his absolute most fun. The screening will feature 50's diner style specials, live music, and a classic car show in our parking lot!”—
            The Anchorman Quote-Along
            1/31 7:00pm; 9:45pm
            Stone Oak
            The Goonies
            1/31 7:00pm
“One of the most treasured family films of the 80s, The Goonies teaches us that adventure lurks around every corner if we open our hearts to it. A group of misfits find a pirate's map and embark on a wild quest to save their home and their friends. With performances from young Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton and Corey Feldman, The Goonies hasn't aged a day--and when you watch it, you'll feel like you haven't either. We will have free Baby Ruth candy bars for everyone, our very own LIVE pirates and a rocky road ice cream special to celebrate our favorite 80's film in style. We will also have a drawing where one lucky winner will receive an autographed Corey Feldman item!”—  
            The Anchorman Quote-Along
            1/26 8:00pm
            1/28 8:00pm
“After two years of customer requests, the UFC finally reaches the big screen at the Alamo on January 28. UFC on FOX is headlined by a light heavyweight top contender bout between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis. In addition, middleweights Mark Munoz and Chael Sonnen will serve as the co-main event to determine who gets next dibs at Anderson Silva’s title. The event will be broadcast from the United Center in Chicago. Tickets to watch the event on the big screen at the Alamo are totally free and available at the box office only (limit 4 tickets per customer).  These tickets are sure to go very quickly, so secure yours today at the Alamo box office!”—
            Only at the Alamo: Animal House Beer Tasting
            1/29 5:00pm
“Celebrate the release of our February/March beer lineup at the Animal House beer tasting!  Watch the classic comedy on a brand new digital print and test out five beers with food pairings presented by Murphy Beverage Co., including samples of Ayinger Celebrator, Flying Dog Snkae Dog IPA, Long Trail Double Bag, Clown Shoes Clementine White Ale, and Yuengling Light.  Our last beer tasting sold out in record time, so make sure to buy your tickets early.  Movie tickets are $4, and the optional beer/food tasting is available from your server at the event for an additional $12.”—


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