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 South Lamar, Austin
The Big Lebowski Quote-Along, 8/20 9:40
The Coen brothers, in their 1998 film The Big Lebowski, crafted the ultimate ode to the shiftless. They proved that heroes don’t have to be tough, they don’t have to be brilliant, point of fact they don’t even have to have a firm grasp of what’s going on around them. The Alamo Drafthouse creates the ultimate Big Lebowski experience. Not only will your favorite lines from this incredibly quotable movie appear karaoke-style on the screen, but take your ticket next door to The Highball Lounge afterwards and enjoy $3 white Russians and half off your first hour of bowling. Just make sure you don’t step OVER THE LINE!
Alamo Village, Austin
Big Screen Classics: Logan’s Run, 8/20-8/23 Check Daily Times
As sci-fi classics go, Logan’s Run is one of the absolute weirdest. Directed by Michael Anderson, who also gave us the supremely bizarre Jaws wannabe Orca, Logan’s Run supposes a future in which all men and women are consigned to die once they reach the age of thirty. It sounds really horrible, but if you had to live in a shopping mall with all the stylish charm of a bad Star Trek: TOS episode, you probably wouldn’t want to live past thirty either. There’s something especially magical about 1970s sci-fi, and what better place to watch Michael York go for his titular jog than on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse. Partake of enough beer with your viewing and the film might actually make sense.
Alamo Lake Creek, Austin
Retro TV Party: TGIF, 8/22 7:00pm
As a kid, there was nothing I liked more than sitting down on a Friday night and catching the lineup of super cheesy comedies on ABC’s TGIF. It was the place I met Steve Urkel, the Step by Step kids, and a boy who in turn met the world. The most accidentally formative television of my youth that didn’t involve teenaged mutants of a ninja turtle persuasion became a weekly event replete with my singing along with the terrible theme song. If this sounds at all like your memory of TGIF, head on down to the Alamo Drafthouse on a Wednesday to watch some of the best episodes TGIF had to offer. We may actually retire the term humpday in favor of TGIW! But probably not.
Alamo Mason Park, Houston
Weird Wednesday: The Human Tornado, 8/22 10:00pm
Blaxploitation is one of my favorite genres of film. Along with giving so many African American artists opportunities that they otherwise would not have received to become super stars, the scope of blaxploitation is far larger than most people think. Within blaxploitation is housed several strange subgenres. There are blaxploitation westerns, blaxploitation horror films, and then…there’s Rudy Ray Moore’s movies. Rudy Ray Moore is perhaps the most inexplicable byproduct of this era of film. Not at all handsome, unskilled in the art of acting, and fancying himself a champion rapper (also not correct), Moore somehow became a huge star. The Human Tornado is easily his most aggressively incoherent cinematic outing and there is no way to adequately describe the madness you will see at the Alamo this week. Take my word for it, just go see The Human Tornado and remember to scrape your jaw from the floor before you leave.