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!
Alamo Ritz, Austin
The Late Show: Christine, 7/27 Midnight, 7/28 10:15pm
In the grand spectrum of horror films, there is no shortage of titles featuring automobiles rising up against their carbon-based masters, and that makes me very happy. Among the very best of this bizarre litle subgenre is John Carpenter’s Christine. Not only does a gorgeous 1958 Plymouth Fury forms a jealous, murderous relationship with a high school boy, but also, oh wait no, that’s all you should need to be enticed by this cinematic hot rod. Jump in your probably-not-out-to-kill-you car and drive on down to the Alamo to see this fuel-injected classic.
Alamo Stone Oak, San Antonio
Free Family Fun: Jumanji 7/28 11:30am; 1:30pm
Many people tout the merits of a family game night; the whole fam gathered around the table Monopolizing or Yahtzeeing. But how do you decide between family game night and family movie night? Well, thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse, you don’t have to. Gather the brood and head down to Stone Oak for a free showing of this 90s gem. Jumanji may not be the best movie based on a board game, but it is jam-packed with spectacle and covered in a thick, syrupy glaze of whacky. Hey, it’s leaps and bounds, and chutes and ladders, above Battleship.
Alamo Ritz, Austin
Hitchcock: Spellbound 7/30 7:45pm
Most people are aware of Alfred Hitchock’s filmography, and still others are great fans. But even fans have blindspots, and I would venture that one of those blindspots is probably 1945’s Spellbound. The film stars the incomparable Gregory Peck, once again speaking to Hitch’s propensity for working with the greatest actors of the era, as a mysterious amnesia patient who may have a darker past than even he knows. Par for the Hitch-course, Spellbound is chockfull of suspense and innovative cinematography, but what makes this such a standout film in Hitch’s canon is the dream sequence. If this nightmarish decent into hallucinogenic terror reminds you of a twisted painting, it may be because the dream sequence was created by Salvador Dali.
Alamo Slaughter Lane, Austin
Big Screen Classics: Spaceballs 7/30 (thru 8/2) 10:00pm
You’ve seen Spaceballs the movie, Spaceballs the teeshrt, and Spaceballs the flamethrower, now see Spaceballs the Alamo Drafthouse event. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, Spaceballs has gone plaid, er, I mean digital with an all new transfer. This is the movie that took Star Wars down a peg even before Lucas would excel at doing this himself by making new Star Wars movies. You could you’re your local videostore for hours and not find a better space spoof. If you don’t make an effort to come to the Alamo this week and revisit Spaceballs, it’s as if you’re giving us all the raspberry. And you wouldn’t dare give us the raspberry.
Alamo Ritz, Austin
Weird Wednesday: Over the Edge 8/1 10:45pm
Weird Wednesday is such a great connection to the Alamo’s past, to the early days on Colorado St when the deepest well of long-lost genre films was plumbed. This week, Weird Wednesday brings us a truly great piece of forgotten cinema. A violent, vibrant coming-of-age story from the director of Truck Turner, only one of the remarkable blaxploitation films of all time, Over the Edge is an ode to the dangers and desires of youth. Featuring a great soundtrack filled with Van Halen and Cheap Trick. Oh, and did we mention it stars Kevin Dillon? We didn’t? Well that’s because it stars Matt Dillon, you’re welcome.