Alamo Drafthouse Guide (5/17-5/23): Venture to a 'Dark City' To Listen To 'The Sound of Music'

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 May 17th

Movies in the Park: Princess Mononoke
Republic Square Park 8:00pm

“This exotically beautiful action film features gods and demons locked in a struggle for the future of the unspoiled forest and an elaborate moral universe that Mr. Miyazaki has created. As such, it is a sweeping, ambitious version of the comic-book storytelling that engendered it. Frequent battle scenes, graphic enough to make a sharp distinction between Princess Mononoke and animation made for children, keep the story in motion. These are often breathtakingly rendered, but it is the film's stirring use of nature, myth and history that make it so special.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times via


Caddyshack Quote-Along
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm

Caddyshack shows us everything that an 80s movie can be, complete with the old windbag who doesn't like kids and the misfits who just want to have fun, the random shots of boobs when you least expect them, and, of course, quotable line after quotable line. So it's got that going for it, which is nice. And we'll make it even nicer by subtitling all of our favorite lines, bringing in special props (you'd totally eat a Baby Ruth from a pool right?), and start the whole shebang off with a bit of a putting competition.”—


90s Alternative Sing-Along
Alamo Ritz 9:45pm

“Long hair, longer goatees, ripped up baggy jeans and flannel shirts tied around your waist over the flannel shirt you were wearing as a shirt... the 1990s were a ridiculous time, but they were a ridiculous time that took themselves sooooo seriously. Only in the 1990s could someone like Eddie Vedder become a bona fide rock star by singing a song about a kid named Jeremy who liked to draw pictures of mountains with himself on top. Only in the 1990s could an album featuring an underwater baby chasing a dollar bill become the anthem for an entire generation. But only in the 2010s can we throw a party to remember that time by hitting the thrift stores again, buying some flannel, and coming down to the movie theater to celebrate Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Oasis, Weezer, Nirvana, and every other band from the days when ‘alternative’ actually meant something (until those same bands made it completely meaningless). After the show, stick around to help me destroy Greg's sweater - I'm just going to pull a thread and walk away!”—Henri Mazza via


Friday May 18th

Master Pancake: The Sound of Music
Alamo Ritz (thru 5/19) 7:00pm; 10:00pm

“The hills are alive with the sound of laughter as Master Pancake takes on this beloved 1965 classic. Come see us mock the film that New Yorker critic Pauline Kael called ‘the sugar-coated lie people seem to want to eat.’ Featuring Julie Andrews as Maria, an aspiring nun who can't say no to fun. When Maria is enlisted by Captain von Trapp to supervise his kids, chaos ensues, until she figures out how to win their hearts AND take on the Nazi oppressors, thus becoming SUPERNANNY: AUSTRIA. Sugar coated lie? Or the best movie musical about prospective nuns fighting Nazis ever?! You decide this April as we mock the hell out of it. With special guest mocker Mary Jo Pehl of Cinematic Titanic and Mystery Science Theater 3000.”—


Summer of 1982: The Road Warrior
Thunderhill Raceway, Kyle, TX 8:00pm

The Road Warrior 35mm Outdoor Screening + LIVE Thermonuclear Flaming Death Race!: 4 Cars on an Anti-Human, Fire-Blasting Rampage of Utter Destruction!
Pre-movie entertainment by Austin's post-apocalyptic punk ayatollahs of rocknrolla: ROCKATANSKY!”—


The Late Show: Dark City
Alamo Ritz 11:45pm

“An immensely stylish melding of film noir and sci-fi from director Alex Proyas, Dark City was a pretty big disappointment when it first debuted at the box office back in '98. Some of us might actually remember working at the multiplex that summer and peeking in on virtually empty houses while it played and then disappeared in, like, a week. But like Blade Runner -- certainly a big inspiration for this unique thriller -- time has actually been pretty kind to Dark City. A cult has risen up around it. Critics have praised it. The film has been given deluxe DVD and Blu-ray release. But you don't get to see it up on the big screen all that often. And so we unofficially kick off our '90s-centric run of new cult classics in May and June with this visually innovative genre mash-up about a man accused of brutal murders and fighting for his very mind against creepy, seemingly omnipotent beings. Eye candy bonus: The film's German expressionism-inspired sets.”— 

Alamo Survivor’s Tip: The Summer of 1982 series roars on with one of the most elaborate and outstandingly cool tie-in events of the whole shebang! How can you not want to watch a demolition derby before you watch The Road Warrior; a movie that is essentially a ninety-minute demolition derby?


Saturday May 19th

Maurice Sendak Memorial: Where the Wild Things Are
Alamo South Lamar 10:50pm

“When I was a child I read a lot. The library was this magical, dusty place where you could sneak around, find something special, and then stow away in the recesses of the infinite number of books to read away the hours. I read so much I earned some distinction from my elementary school library and even managed to earn so many check-out points on books that I was rewarded with the book I checked out the most often. I don't know if this was a real competition, or if they just felt like being nice to me, but they gave me the book I'd stared at for hours. This was to be my first treasured item and the first thing I'd ever obtained on my own. It wasn't what most parents would have picked for a kid. It was dark, it was unsafe, but most of all it was an escape into a child's imagination. Where the Wild Things Are taught me that the only limits to yourself are your own imaginations. After reading that book I became the kid who could create worlds in his head, and I can never thank Mr. Sendak enough for that. And while the Alamo Drafthouse isn't a library, we're doing the best thing we know how: we're showing Spike Jonze's heartbreaking theatrical realization of Mr. Sendak's genre-breaking work. So, join us in mourning and in celebration of a man who shaped so many childhoods.”—Greg MacLennan via


Summer of 1982: Road Warrior
Alamo Ritz 4:00pm


They Were Expendable
American Legion Hall 8:30pm

“We love our friends at the American Legion Travis Post. Both for their service to our country and because they have generously let us use their Legion Hall to host screenings and parties. When we heard recently that they need to raise funds to put in an elevator because some of their members couldn't get up the stairs at the Legion Hall, we wanted to help. We're screening one of John Wayne's classic war movies, They Were Expendable, on the lawn of the American Legion Post 76, located at 404 Atlanta, Austin TX, the weekend before Memorial Day. John Ford's 1945 classic They Were Expendable is one of the toughest and best movies ever made about men and women in war. If there is an air of truth in it, it's because the movie is based on real people and real events that occurred in the course of the defense of the Philippines. Director John Ford was a Commander in the U.S. Navy and costar Robert Montgomery was a Lieutenant Commander. The scenes of gallantry and action have rarely been equaled on the screen. Featuring John Wayne and Donna Reed in an early role. In a film full of standout scenes, John Wayne's eulogy to his fallen comrades never fails to remind us of the great debt we owe to those who served.”—


The Late Show: Dark City
Alamo Ritz 11:15


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. 

Alamo Suvivor’s Tip: If you’re a fan of the late, great Maurice Sendak, you absolutely cannot miss the Where The Wild Things Are screening. Tickets are only $5.


Sunday May 20th

Summer of 1982: The Road Warrior
Alamo Ritz 4:00pm; 7:00pm


Choose Your Own Pancake
Alamo South Lamar 8:00pm

If you thought the Master Pancake troupe had a tough job before, mocking movies they’d seen a million times with pitch-perfect comedic timing, wait until you see them mock films they may never have even heard of! Bring your favorite DVD and the Master Pancake gents will narrow them down by audience vote. They will then adlib quips throughout the whole film and even make up a skit on the fly. Holy Whose Line!


TV at the Alamo: AMC’s Mad Men
Alamo Lake Creek 9:00pm; Alamo Slaughter Lane 9:55pm

"We've been hooked on AMC's award-winning drama from the opening beats of the opening credits of the very first episode, and we've never looked back. The '60s style, the talk about marketing in a time when advertising was really just coming into its own, and of course Don Draper himself just keep everyone coming back for more and more. Of course, for us it's the fantasy world of drinking and smoking and taking naps in the morning, then going for a martini and oyster lunch, then smacking around Pete Campbell and calling it a workday that makes the world of Don Draper such an enticing one. For this season of Mad Men, we'll be showing two episodes back to back, the first will be the previous weeks episode, and the second will be the new episode. Then we'll skip all the commercials and delight in Draper's wit and debauchery."—


Monday May 21st

Film Foundation Series: Rashomon
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm

“Kurosawa’s film was such a radical blend of the classical and the modern that today it seems to exist out of time. The storytelling structure, in which the same story is told by different participants or observers, was radical in itself but the physical look of the film and the dynamism of the performances, particularly Toshiro Mifune as the bandit, have made it one of the milestones of the cinema itself. Kazuo Miyagawa’s gorgeous black and white cinematography is, of course, best appreciated on the big screen and this restoration will show you facets of this extraordinary film you have never seen before. Restored by The Academy Film Archive, The National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kadokawa Pictures, Inc. Funding provided by Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation and The Film Foundation.”—

Austin Film Festival Presents: Sironia
Alamo Village 7:00pm

Some of the most beloved films from last year’s Austin Film Festival will return this summer in the AFF. This series kicks off on Monday, May 21 with Sironia, winner of the Audience Award in the Texas Independents category, which showcased 8 independent films shot in Texas. Singer/songwriter Wes Cunningham stars as a man who has been chewed up and spit out by the Hollywood music machine.  A once ambitious musician, he impulsively moves with his pregnant wife to a small town called Sironia, Texas in search of authenticity and purpose in his life. This poignant film played to two standing-room-only audiences at AFF last year, so now’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about. Join AFF and the writer/director of Sironia (and fellow Austinite), Brandon Dickerson, for this special encore.”—

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: Trainspotting
Alamo Ritz 10:35pm

“Before he gave us movies about slumdogs and James Franco being stuck between a rock and an amputation, director Danny Boyle gave the world Trainspotting, arthouse sensation of 1996 -- and quite possibly right behind Pulp Fiction as one of the most influential movies of that decade in the style and soundtrack departments. Adapted from Irvine Welsh's acclaimed novel, it's a cheeky, grimy tale of young and (mostly) handsome Scottish heroin addicts who basically just don't give a toss about growing up to live boring middle class lives. And they like Lou Reed. A lot. With its blend of frenetic comedy and skin-crawling horror (plunging into filthy toilets! Wall crawling dead babies!), Trainspotting is not quite an ode to junkies nor a preachy cautionary tale of drugs and ruin but rather some other different and far more entertaining cinematic animal. That's thanks in no small part to the film's soundtrack, which, so loaded with choice cuts  -- from Iggy Pop (‘Lust for Life,’ ‘Nightclubbing’), to the aforementioned Lou Reed (‘Perfect Day’), to '90s Brit Pop (Blur, Elastica, Pulp) -- it became as much a breakout star as the film's impossibly young and skinny lead actor: Ewan McGregor.”—


Tuesday May 22nd

Girlie Night: Pretty Woman
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm

“Honestly, if you need me to convince you to come see this movie, I'm not sure what to say. Except for maybe... um... IT'S Pretty Woman. COME ON. It's the film that made me (and the rest of America) fall in love with Julia Roberts! It's the movie that actually makes Richard Gere, not to mention the profession of prostitution, seem really attractive! And, most important of all, it features the best shopping montage EVER, ending with one of my favorite cinematic eff you's of all time (‘Big mistake. HUGE’). Is there anything Pretty Woman can't do? It's the movie we turn to when we need a reminder that not all guys are jerkfaces, that even when we're down on our luck, selling ourselves on the streets, there is still hope that one day, we'll get to take a huge bubble bath and then jump on the bed in a hotel penthouse. In other words, Pretty Woman is therapy, and when you combine it with cocktails and a theater full of people singing along to Prince's ‘Kiss,’ it's potentially life changing. So hopefully I've convinced you to join me for Girlie Night, but if not, here's one more reason: Jason Alexander is in it! Ha ha, just kidding. The actual reason is IT'S Pretty Woman.”—Sarah Pitre via


AFS Essential Cinema: Vesna (Spring)
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm

“This classic light-hearted comedy from 1953 chronicles the misadventures of handsome university student and glider pilot Samo and his mischievous friends Kristof and Sandi as they try to hatch a plan for passing their mathematics professor's final exam…by wooing his seemingly frumpy daughter. The friends were wrong about the identity of the girl, and the real daughter is delightful. So, too many young men fall in love with the same young woman in springtime.”—

Terror Tuesday: Equinox
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm

“THE SATANO-SUPERNATURAL BLASTERPIECE THAT SPAWNED THE EVIL DEAD SERIES!! God may have more money, but Satan knows how to party. The shamefully underseen Equinox proves that forcefields, towering neon-blue behemoths, transdimensional castles, misshapen cavemen, tendriled beasts and sinister forest rangers are Lucifer’s sharpest tools in his 24-7 war against mankind. Four picnicking students stumble across a malevolent occult tome that tears a rift into the demon world, unleashing impossible creatures as our hapless protagonists bumble towards a vicious confrontation with the Prince of Darkness himself! This rampagingly innovative feature was clearly the inspiration for Evil Dead and - as far as I’m concerned – Citizen Kane and every movie ever made, before it or since. No other low-budget horror movie has even attempted the brazen onslaught of hell-fueled nightmare fantasies that you’ll see here, much of which is stop motion wizardry provided by the future Oscar-winning effects artist of Star Wars. If he’d instead stuck with movies this good, maybe he could sleep at night.”—Zack Carlson via

Alamo Survivor’s Tip: Beholding the madness of Equinox really is a surreal experience. This is not a film that often finds itself showcased on the big screen, and you will be kicking yourself right into a dimension of pain and fear if you miss this opportunity.


Wednesday May 23rd

Summer of 1982: The Road Warrior
Alamo Ritz 4:00pm


Indie Game: The Movie
Alamo South Lamar 6:45pm

“With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of struggling independent artist: the indie game designer. Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may find success. After two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy—the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. At PAX, a major video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, four-years-in-the-making FEZ. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating Braid, one of the highest-rated games of all time. First-time filmmaking duo Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky capture the emotional journey of these meticulously obsessive artists who devote their lives to their interactive art. Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal— to express oneself through a video game.”—Sundance Film Festival via


Vice Squad
Alamo Village 10:00pm

“For people with any morals or social conscience at all, heartless tales of hatred and vengeful flesh-wreckage should cause feelings of anger and discomfort. For the rest of us, there’s Vice Squad. In one night, single mom/L.A. prostitute ‘Princess’ (Season Hubley of the similarly unredeemable Hardcore) will incur the wrath of a vicious, vicious hillbilly pimp, igniting a street war that encompasses the entire underbelly of the city. Filmed at the pinnacle of ‘80s Hollywood exploitation by the brilliant director of Dead & Buried and Raw Meat, this feral, no-rules assault on the senses is enough to make heroin puke. Strangely enough, it truly features one of the Top 3 Film Performances of All Time in the impossibly furious man-beast Ramrod, played by Wings Hauser. Also featured is Fred “Rerun” Berry of TV’s What’s Happening as a goodtimey flesh peddler. An extraordinarily filthy, depraved and manic misanthropic soulcrusher that also happens to be a stunningly well-made movie, watching Vice Squad is kind of like being fisted by a feels great, but you’ll either die or get arrested once it’s over.”—Zack Carlson via


Weird Wednesday: Toys Are Not For Children
Alamo Ritz 10:30pm

“Here’s a movie that takes everybody off guard, even hardened exploitation vets. It’s just impossible to believe that anyone would be sick and depraved enough to make this movie, let alone release it, let alone watch it. So needless to say we consider it a very great honor to present it. It’s one of those melodramas where things get worse and worse for the heroine as she gets closer an closer to the source of her odd sexual obsession, in this case an unhealthy relationship with her toys. As the story develops she spirals farther and farther down into the nightmarish pit of her dark and convoluted fantasy life, losing her job, her husband and her dignity as she becomes a high priced New York prostitute, specializing in kinky roleplay.  The ending of this movie is so shattering and unexpected that it leaves audiences completely stunned. I won’t spoil it for you but trust me, you want to be there to see it.”—Lars Nilsen via



West Oaks

Summer of 1982: The Road Warrior
5/18 7:30pm


Sentai Anime
            5/21 7:30pm

The Alamo Drafthouse provides a welcome haven for fans of Japanese animation. Samurai swords must unfortunately be checked at the door.


            Only at the Alamo: Anime
            5/22 7:30pm


            The Goonies Quote-Along
            5/23 7:30pm

“Goonies never say die! And because this movie is so awesome, they never have to. Join us for a quoting and adventuring good time as we follow this rag tag group of friends on a journey of lost maps, treacherous traps and hidden treasures. We'll have a truffle shuffle competition before the show and hand out Baby Ruths and eye patches to everyone who comes so we can all be One-Eyed Willies. This is a cinematic experience you cannot afford to miss - every card-carrying film buff should see this movie in a theater. And if you already have? Well imagine how fun it will be to see Sloth swinging onto the pirate ship while you're yelling out, ‘HEEEEEY YOUUU GUYSSS!’ as loud as you possibly can with 200 other people who love this movie as much as you do. I know, right? We imagined that too, so we're slapping on our super tight Superman t-shirts as we present to you The Goonies Quote-Along.”—Greg MacLennan via


            Mason Park


            Summer of 1982: The Road Warrior
            5/18 10:00pm


The Rocky Horror Picture Show
            5/19 10:00pm


San Antonio




Summer of 1982: Conan the Barbarian
            5/17 7:00pm; 10:00pm


Spurs Game
5/19 2:30pm

“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!”—

The Goonies Quote-Along
            5/20 4:00pm; 7:30pm

            Only at the Alamo: Anime
            5/21 7:30pm

            Only at the Alamo: The Neverending Story
            5/22 7:30pm

“Everyone should remember watching The Neverending Story as a kid. I don't care when you were born. This classic 80s adventure has so many timeless and memorable characters - Atreyu and his horse Artex; the racing snail, that princess without a name. I could go on. I'd even be so bold as to say I could use some of the soundtrack as a workout boost and that's not just because I can use any 80's song as such. Haven't seen it? Need me to quickly sum up why this movie is so awesome? Two words: dog dragon!”—


            Park North

            Stir Fry Movie Night: The Dark Crystal
            5/17 7:30pm

“Before computers took over the universe, longtime collaborators (and Muppet-makers) Henson and Oz rolled up their sleeves and created the most beautiful otherworldly film to ever zoom across an '80s audience's eyeballs. In an unnamed land, a pair of young, elf-like Gelflings must battle the evil Skeksis to bring their world back to the power it once held. Though this may sound like fantasy silliness, the sheer power and ingenuity of The Dark Crystal is unmatched. It's a pure-hearted, imagination-powered journey into unexplored ideas, with the most memorable characters this side of another dimension. From the graceful Land-Striders to the looming crab-like Garthim to that wily, one-eyed heroic priestess Aulghra, the colorful creatures create an entirely unique experience at the movies.”—

            Summer of 1982: The Road Warrior
            5/20 7:00pm; 10:00pm

            Girlie Night: Pretty Woman
            5/21 7:00pm

            Summer of 1982: The Road Warrior
            5/21-5/22 10:00pm

            Summer of 1982: The Road Warrior
            5/23 7:00pm; 10:00pm

            Stone Oak

            Only at the Alamo: Dune
            5/17 7:30pm

“According to Hollywood lore, director David Lynch was hot off an Academy Award nomination for The Elephant Man when George Lucas approached him with an offer to direct Return of the Jedi (!?!). Sadly, Lynch declined and we'll never get to see how the mind behind Eraserhead would have envisioned the Battle of Endor. (And perhaps sadder still, Lucas didn't think to call him up again a decade or so later to direct one of those silly cartoons passed off as a ‘prequel.’) What we do have though is Dune, Lynch's  feature film take on Frank Herbert's sprawling sci-fi saga about a prophesied messiah coming to his destiny in an galactic feudal society that runs on ‘spice.’  Condensed down to a too lean 137 minutes, the plot of Dune is murky like the air during a sandstorm on the titular planet -- especially for those unfamiliar with the books. No matter, it still has more than enough Lynchian panache to be worth a watch or re-visit (especially if one is well ‘spiced’). And if that's not enough for you, well, would it help to know that you see Sting running around crazy-haired and mostly naked and the soundtrack is by Toto? Yeah, I thought so. Put that in your stillsuit and suck it, Lucas.”—

            Free Family Fun: Megamind
            5/19 11:30am; 2:15pm

“When the supervillain, Megamind, finally defeats his good nemesis, he finds himself without a purpose and has to find new meaning to his life. Brad Pitt is the superhero, Will Ferrel is the supervillain, and David Cross is the evil, mutant assistant. That cast alone is all the reason you need to watch Megamind on the big screen!”—

The Goonies Quote-Along
            5/23 7:00pm; 9:45pm


Winchester, VA

            Summer of 1982: The Road Warrior
            5/18-5/22 Check Daily Times

Alamo Book Club: Emma
            5/22 6:30pm

“Join us for the Alamo Book Club sponsored by Winchester Book Gallery.  This month's book and film is Jane Austin's Emma.  Buy the book from Winchester Book Gallery and see the movie at the Alamo! In Emma, Gwyneth Paltrow plays Emma Woodhouse, a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people's affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite men and women who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings, and her relationship with gentle Mr. Knightly.”—

            Girlie Night: Pretty Woman
            5/23 7:30pm


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