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Alamo Drafthouse Guide (5/3-5/9) The Time Has Come to Avenge the Alamo!

Alamo Drafthouse Guide (5/3-5/9) The Time Has Come to Avenge the Alamo!

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 3rd

Only at the Alamo: Avengers Marathon

Alamo Slaughter Lane, Lake Creek, & South Lamar Noon

“Time to get your team together for the ultimate comic book super-hero mega-marathon at the Alamo Drafthouse!This Marvel-tastic day of explosions, capes, shields, and Sam Jackson cameos is an experience that HAS to take place inside of the Alamo where we’ll keep the caffeine and beer coming and have more Marvel multiverse extras on screen than you can shake Thor’s Hammer at . Join us May 3rd as we revisit all of the Avengers individual stories leading up to the midnight premier of the most anticipated movie of the summer! We’re screening Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America (2011) and finally, The Avengersso the most die-hard Marvel fans can be fully prepared for Joss Whedon’s latest opus.  We'll be showing all six films in glorious 2D! You’re not going to want to miss all of the mega suits of armor, gamma bombs, mythological Norse deities, super soldiers and Scarlett Johansson on the big screen of the Drafthouse over the course of this amazing marathon!  Nuff said.”—John Gross 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.”—

In Da Club Sing-Along

Alamo Ritz 9:40pm

“Why drop all dem bones for a private table and an overpriced bottle of booze while you watch everyone else have all the fun dancing when you can roll up to the Alamo

Drafthouse where everyone has a reserved seat? And it don't cost no $300 to make you feel fly like a G6. Grab your ticket as we turn the Ritz into the ultimate club where you're free to sit back and relax as you sip on a tasty beverage or get yo' ass on the stage and show off your dance skills. Because we're only playing the stuff that makes our feet move and our bodies groove. It's all thriller, no filler at this all- singing, all-dancing rump-shaking good time. Expect to hear all your favorite club hits of today and yesteryear from R. Kelly to Ke$ha. So 409 those white sneaks and put on your nighttime sunglasses because were gonna whip our hair as the DJ has us falling in love again.”—Greg MacLennan via

Alamo Survivor’s Tip: Pretty much all of the movies Marvel has been making since 2008 have been an elaborate roadmap to this Friday’s release of The Avengers. Come down to the Alamo and enjoy this marathon celebration of the intertwined catalog that served as our ultimate cross training for this weekend.

Friday May 4th

 Master Pancake: Jurassic Park

Alamo Ritz (thru 5/5) 7:00pm; 10:00pm

"Hold on to your butts as Master Pancake reprises one of their most enduring riffs:

Jurassic Park (1993). The early 90’s was a simpler time, when cerebral character actors like Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum could play action heroes, bad motherfathers like Samuel Jackson could play nerdy computer geeks, and dinosaur special effects were created using cool stop-motion models and animatronics instead of CGI. We at Master Pancake love that era, but we also think it’s a little ridiculous. That’s why we’ve dug up Jurassic Park and genetically reconstructed it with a healthy dose of Master Pancake commentary mixed in. Come see the results. Chaos is sure to ensue.”—Master Pancake’s John Erler via

FF Presents: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Alamo South Lamar 11:40pm

“After being wrongfully convicted of kidnapping and murdering a young child, a beautiful young woman (Lee Young-ae) is imprisoned for 13 years and forced to give up her own daughter. While in prison she gains the respect and loyalty of her fellow cellmates, all the while plotting her vendetta on the man responsible (Oldboy’s Choi Min-Shik). Upon her release she sets in motion an elaborate plan of retribution, but what she discovers is a truth so horrifying, even revenge doesn’t seem punishment enough. The final film in director Park Chan-wook's acclaimed ‘Vengeance Trilogy,’ and like the two other films of the series, Lady Vengeance is a revenge tragedy on a Shakespearian scale -- and more than a touch sensational. And yet, for all those sensational aspects, Lady Vengeance observes the toll of vengeance on the revenger; there's nothing cheap or easy about it. In short, it's a harrowing and emotionally complex masterpiece.”—

Saturday May 5th

Action Pack: Three Amigos w/All You Can Eat Tacos

Alamo Slaughter Lane 2:05pm; Alamo South Lamar 4:00pm

“They're down on their luck and up to their necks in senoritas, margaritas, banditos and bullets! How does one celebrate Cinco de Mayo properly? By marveling at three out of work white actors stumbling ignorantly through a small town in Mexico of course! Watch as 'Ned', 'Lucky Day' and 'Dusty Bottoms' attempt to act their way out of a serious situation with extreme hilarity. We'll be handing out guns to fire into the air as you enjoy The Action Pack's Three Amigo’s Quote-Along. There will also be a pinata smashing competition before the show where you may win a plethora of prizes...(it might be a sweater). And we’ll also be serving all-you-can-eat tacos! So throw on your best mariachi outfit and practice "My Little Buttercup" because wherever there is injustice, you will find us. Wherever there is suffering, we'll be there.  Wherever you see tacos, eat them. And wherever liberty is threatened, you will find...The Three Amigos.”—Greg MacLennan via

FF Presents: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Alamo South Lamar 11:45pm

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 May 6th

Zzang!!!: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure w/Diane Franklin

Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm

“Two lobotomized friends kidnap historical luminaries for the world’s most epic phone booth stuffing! Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan (that other guy) are seniors on the verge of failing history. Their only hope is to deliver an impressive final report on how people from the past would view the world today. Their success is also the only hope for the citizens of the future, who rely on the music of Bill and Ted’s band Wyld Stallyns to fuel their idyllic society. That’s why Rufus (George Carlin) is sent back in time to help the guys pass history and keep the band together. Using Rufus’ phone booth time machine, the boys assemble a dream team of historical figures to speak at their presentation. Along for the ride is princess Joanna, played by screen icon Diane Franklin (Better of Dead, The Last American Virgin), who’ll be joining us IN PERSON with tales of ‘80s Hollywood insanity! It’s gonna be like every wild night from EVERY century EVER…ALL at ONCE! ZZANG!!!”—

TV at the Alamo: AMC’s Mad Men

Alamo Lake Creek 9:00pm; Alamo Slaughter Lane 9:45pm

"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."—

Zzang!!!: Better Off Dead w/Diane Franklin

Alamo South Lamar 10:00pm

“There are a zillion ways to earn a laugh, but one thing we can ALL agree on is that suicidal depression is HIIIIILARIOUS! Just ask Lane Meyer (John Cusack), a heartbroken teenager who just can’t seem to catch a lethal break. Pills, nooses, carbon monoxide poisoning…nothin’ does the trick. But when his ex-beloved Beth starts schmucking around with arrogant ski warrior Roy, Lane realizes that he must put his self-destructive powers towards a better purpose: the total decimation of The Enemy! Enter French heroine Monique (Diane Franklin), who joins school scuzzbomb Charles De Mar in preparing Lane for the ultimate in downhill combat…plus she gives him some ‘international language’ lessons along the way. THE quintessential anything-goes ‘80s comedy, with enough exploding neighbors, crawling dinners, racist zingers and guitar-shredding cheeseburgers to annihilate audiences across the universe. ZZANG!!”—

Alamo Survivor’s Tip: The Alamo is known for having great guests come in for various special screenings. But this week, they actually got the lovely Diane Franklin to not only agree to come hang out with us as we watch one of her classic 80s flicks, but she’s going to hang with us through the entire double feature of two of her classic 80s flicks. I highly recommend purchasing tickets for both Bill & Ted and Better Off Dead.

Monday May 7th

Film Foundation Series: Shadow of a Doubt

Alamo Ritz 7:00pm

"At times Hitchcock referred to Shadow of a Doubt as his favorite of his own films. If you only know the Hitchcock of Psycho, The Birds, etc. you may be surprised by the lightness of touch Hitch displays in Shadow. It’s the story of a girl’s fascination with her sainted Uncle Charlie, and the gradual realization that he may not be what he appears when he pays the family a visit. The All-American small-town setting is well sketched (credit that to screenwriter Thornton Wilder) and the performances by leads Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright are transcendent. The two are able to convey an almost telepathic understanding of one another, and the conflict of the film plays itself out in their eyes, in tiny turns of phrase, and in gesture. Hitchcock and his cast pull off some of the most refined work ever done in any film here, and it all adds up to one of the most satisfying movies of Hollywood’s golden era.”—Lars Nilsen via

Music Monday: Iconoclast

Alamo Ritz 10:00pm

“Boyd Rice may well be the only person alive who's been on a first name basis with both Charlie Manson and Marilyn Manson. His career has spanned more than three decades, during which time he has remained at the epicenter of culture and controversy. Rice first came to prominence in the '70s as one of the pioneers of the industrial music, gaining a reputation for live shows that were deemed the most abrasive, minimalist, and loudest concerts ever staged As early as 1980, he was already hailed as the Godfather of Noise Music. Six years in the making and clocking in a nearly four hours(!), Iconoclast is filmmaker Larry Wessel's in-depth, kaleidoscopic examination of the life, career, and obsessions of this perpetually fascinating, often disturbing, and uniquely American artist. Screens in three parts with short intermissions between each section.”—

The Big Lebowski Quote-Along

All Austin Locations 10:25pm

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.

Alamo Survivor’s Tip: Shadow of a Doubt is unequivocally one of Hitchcock’s greatest films, and the chance to see it on the big screen in 35mm is never one to be missed. This film resides in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for a reason, people!

Tuesday May 8th

Celebrity Guests: Bangarang! Presents Reservoir Dogs w/ Michael Madsen

Alamo Ritz 7:00pm

“That's right! You're about to get stuck in the middle with MICHAEL MADSEN at this ONE NIGHT ONLY screening of the Quentin Tarantino classic, Reservoir Dogs. Diamond heists, double crosses and undercover cops are the name of the game in this fast-talking, macho crime caper. Put on a super snazzy all-black suit, stop referring to yourself by your real name and prepare to super-slo-mo-cool-as-[hell] walk yourself with at least four of your friends to the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz because we're setting you up with the one guy you can trust, the guy who's too  homicidal to be working for the cops, Mr. Blonde himself. We got him for one night only, and we don't want to hear your excuses if you miss this event, the words ‘too busy’ should not be in your vocabulary.”—Greg MacLennan via

AFS Essential Cinema: Alive!

Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm

“Koli is off in the Albanian capital city of Tirana working on a college degree, but with the death of his father he must return to his village for the funeral. While there he is told of a multi-generational blood feud between his family and another one in the rural area. His family is in the crosshairs of their enemies’ guns and he must try to talk his way out of the dilemma. He eventually returns to college and his studies, thinking it may all fall by the wayside with time, but he is mistaken. In this riveting suspense film, Minarolli dissects the traditions of the people of the countryside. This film can also serve as a brilliant microcosm of age-old feuds and warfare between various people in the Balkans.”—

Terror Tuesday: Miracle Mile

Alamo Ritz 10:00pm

“Selected By Special Guest Co-Host Sam McPheeters in celebration of the release of his brilliant new novel The Loom of Ruin. It’s no news that the end of the world will start in Hollywood. In fact, any sane person who’s shelled out to watch a studio movie in the past few years would love to see that city collapse in a heap of blood and agony. Miracle Mile offers said thrill, positioning it atop a chillingly believable geyser of paranoia, rage and animalism. Lovable goofwad Anthony Edwards stumbles across a ringing pay phone which informs him that he’s 40 minutes shy of a nuclear holocaust. The mounting terror effectively unfolds in real time, as he clumsily panics across the city in a gallant but idiotic attempt to rescue his girlfriend (Mare Winningham) from total global annihilation. This cinematic display of mankind’s base nature is the most ice-cold assault on the nervous system that you’ll ever endure. But at least we know that when events like these actually DO go down, our souls will all pass over into a beautiful, serene afterlife. Ain’t that right, Tooth Fairy?”—Zack Carlson via

Wednesday May 9th

MS150 Fundraiser: Breaking Away

Arthouse at the Jones Center 7:00pm

“For the past three years, Alamo founder and CEO Tim League has participated in the BP MS 150 marathon bike ride from Houston to Austin. The two-day event is organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise awareness and funding in the battle against MS.  This year, we’ve enlisted a team of 15 intrepid Alamo employees to participate in the ride, and Team Alamo wants YOU to help us meet our fundraising goal! Join us on Wednesday May 9th for an outdoor screening of Breaking Away – the grand-daddy of all cycling films - and a new signature feast prepared by Alamo Executive Chef John Bullington.”—  

AFS Doc Night: Caris’ Peace

Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm

“Caris Corfman, a shining actress whose career is cut short by a brain tumor and subsequent short-term memory loss, returns to the stage to tell her story, cue cards in hand and a relieved smile on her face.”—

Girlie Night: Pretty Woman

Alamo Lake Creek 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

Weird Wednesday: Vice Squad

Alamo Ritz 11:50pm

“A highly recommended descent into the sulfurous pit of hell known as Hollywood. Former soap star and crooner Wings Hauser burst onto the exploitation scene with his intense, over-the-top performance as the psychotic killer pimp Ramrod. Seething and ranting, a homicidal twisted nerve, Hauser is incredible. This is his show all the way, he even sings the theme song ‘Neon Slime!’ Along the way, Hauser jumps the fence from villain into full-on monster territory, making Vice Squad not only one of the most exciting films you'll ever see, but one of the scariest as well. In this truly grim urban fairy tale, a hooker named Princess (Season Hubley) must make it through a long night in a very dark forest (the streets of L.A.) without being gobbled up by the big bad wolf (Hauser), who himself is being chased by the mighty hunter (the LAPD detective who earlier allowed him to escape.) Pure, sleazed-out entertainment.”—Lars Nilsen via


            West Oaks

            Only at the Alamo: Avengers Marathon

            5/3 Noon

            Only at the Alamo: Anime

            5/8 7:30pm

            Mason Park

            Only at the Alamo: Avengers Marathon

            5/3 Noon

            AMC’s Mad Men

            5/6 9:00pm


San Antonio


            Only at the Alamo: Avengers Marathon

            5/3 12:30pm

            Girlie Night: Pretty Woman

            5/6 4:00pm; 7:30pm

            Only at the Alamo: Anime

            5/7 7:30pm


            Park North

            Only at the Alamo: Avengers Marathon

            5/3 12:30pm


Stone Oak

            Only at the Alamo: Avengers Marathon

            5/3 12:30pm

            Only at the Alamo: Billy Madison

            5/8 7:00pm

"In honor of National Teacher's Day, we are offering this classic cinema gem to all those hard working teachers out there! Imagine that you were the heir to your father's multi-billion dollar empire. You too might lack the motivation to finish school and end up drinking by the pool all day every day with your buddy, Norm MacDonald. Your favorite pastimes might include throwing pickle slices on windows and cheering them on as they race to the bottom of the pane. Nudie magazine day just might be your favorite day of the month. That's Billy Madison's life. When his father thinks of stepping down as head of his hotel company, Billy must successfully repeat grades 1-12 to prove that he has what it takes to be the head of a corporation.”—





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