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Alamo Drafthouse Guide (9/1-9/7): Put On Some Tights, Abandon Your Shame and Get Got, Sucka!

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 September 1st
The No Shame Sing-Along
“We see you there, sitting in your car, wailing away to Richard Marx. It's okay; don't feel judged. When we saw you mouthing the words to Counting Crows in the grocery story we wanted to find ourselves a gray guitar and play too. And then we thought, "Man! Sing-alongs are fun, but we need more than an outlet for fun- we need an outlet to channel our inner sadness too." We're talking the sadness that keeps you up until 3 a.m. laying in your tub staring at the ceiling and listening to the Goo Goo Dolls on repeat. And with that we put together the No Shame Soft Rock Sing-Along with you in mind. It's a masterful collection of songs that you hate to know, secretly love to hear, and can't wait till you get back in your car so you can wail out loud. Also it's an excuse to put an otherwise criminal amount of Hall & Oats and Phil Collins in a show. So let those tears streak down your cheeks as you enter The Action Pack's judgement free zone.”—Greg MacLennan via
Robin Hood: Men In Tights Quote-Along
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
Mel Brooks takes a jab at Errol Flynn’s, and practically everyone else’s, depiction of the classic Sherwood Forrest outlaw. This comedy has everything one could possibly want: clever jokes, slapstick, a wonderful cast, and a non-bloated, still-talented Cary Elwes. Your favorite one-liners will appear on the screen for you to yell out over a pint of mead….or at least one of the Drafthouse’s many available beers.
Grease Sing-Along
If you love the 50s, if the idea of poodle skirts and jukeboxes really revs your engine, then why not come together like rama lama lama and ding a de dinga a dong and sing along with your favorite moments from this musical smash hit? Complimentary combs and candy cigarettes will complete the illusion that you’ve traveled back in time to the 50’s…as represented in the 70s.
Ultimate One Hit Wonders Sing-Along
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
“Listen, we hate the Macarena as much as the next red-blooded American, and Who Let the Dogs Out has turned into more of an anthem for pain than empowerment. But just because those are some of the first songs you think of when you hear ONE HIT WONDER doesn't mean all bands with one hit are bad. I mean just look at Chumbawumba...Well, maybe that's a bad example, but despite them only having one hit, they did have full intention of getting back up again (I mean they said it themselves. They're totally coming back, right?). Prove it, you say? And prove it The Action Pack shall. All these quickly adored and easily forgettable bands will unite for a blissful stroll down memory lane at the Ultimate One Hit Wonders Sing-Along! Typically we restrain ourselves and lock down on a specific decade when it comes to tapping into our one hitters' vault, but we're feeling kinda crazy and unleashing THE GREATEST COLLECTION OF ONE HIT WONDERS EVER ASSEMBLED from the '70s, '80s, '90s, and '00s. So if yo' butt is stuffed and yo' curves are kicking you can take me on! (....take on me)”—Greg MacLennan via
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: Few things will motivate a Sing-Along crowd more than a cavalcade of one hit wonders. I highly recommend attending this edition of the Sing-Along series, and bringing all your musically deficient friends; promises to be a raucously hilarious evening.
Friday September 2
Master Pancake: The Breakfast Club
Alamo Lake Creek (thru 9/3) 7:00pm; 10:00pm
“As the world goes back to school, Master Pancake heads to the classroom to throw spitballs at The Breakfast Club. Starring puffy-lipped princess Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez and most of the rest of the Brat Pack as a quintet of misfits stuck in detention one fateful afternoon. As always, the Master Pancakers will artfully ridicule the 80's fashion, sentimentality, and general preposterousness of the film, but nevertheless, many will still leave convinced that if we just talk to each other we can overcome all social barriers and that a Jock can fall in love with a Cure fan. Come out this August and laugh derisively on the outside while your spirit is uplifted on the inside as Master Pancake rips up The Breakfast Club.”—
The Late Show: Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Alamo Ritz (thru 9/3) 11:45
The Alamo introduces its latest signature series designed to pay late-night tribute to films that seem destined to become cult classics. This week, it’s Edgar Wright’s (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) ode to geek love and all things nerdy with the adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s fantastic graphic novel series. Can’t sleep? Want to see a great movie? Enter the Drafthouse and The Late Show. 
Alamo Survivor’s Guide: The Late Show is among the more inspired signature events that the Alamo has introduced within the last couple years. Being able to go to the theater at midnight and see something you know is great is the essence of what makes the Drafthouse so iconic.
Saturday September 3
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 September 4
Zzang!!!: I’m Gonna Get You Sucka
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“This spazzed out tribute to the blaxploitation movie era just might be the most manic banana-peel-to-the-nuts in Hollywood history. An urban hero rises to greatness amidst gun-toting dwarves, seductive amputees, goldfish pimp heels and gender-indeterminate stunt mothers. The film features an incredible cast including Isaac Hayes, Jim Brown, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Casey, and boasts the single funniest two minutes of Chris Rock you’ll ever witness. I’m not sure what legendary detective Shaft would say if he watched this movie, but I bet it would include a swear word.”—Zack Carlson via
Slacker 2011
“1991's Slacker is a love story to Austin, Texas and a near-documentary portrait of that era in its history.  For twenty years, Austin has been defined by the film and its band of eccentric city-dwellers, dragworms and proto-hipsters.  Two decades later, a new generation of filmmakers have emerged in the wake of this film.  It is now their turn to tell the story of Austin. 24 of Austin's brightest young filmmakers have banded together to update Slacker with their own perspectives on the city.  Slacker 2011 is a stream-of-consciousness chronicle of a day in Austin, presenting the various personalities and locations that give the city its identity.  The film showcases how the town has transformed so drastically from that moment in 1991, and also how some things never change. Slacker 2011 is a funny and thoroughly creative send-up of the original film and of twenty years of Austin filmmaking, presenting the city’s changing face while showcasing some of its most exciting talent.”—
Austin City Limits: Tom Waits 1979
Alamo Ritz 9:45pm
“One of the most legendary Austin City Limits episodes of all time is the one that features Tom Waits, in a transitional period (isn’t he always, though?), tearing through his early repertoire with all the coolness and barfly charm we’ve come to love him for. Except for the occasional repeat, this episode has only become available on mostly terrible bootlegs, but thanks to our friends at KLRU and Austin City Limits, we are bringing it back, newly remastered from the original source tapes. In addition to this the complete screening of this essential performance of Tom Waits at his peak, we will also show a program of some other great performances from the ACL archives.”—
TV at the Alamo: Breaking Bad
Alamo South Lamar & Lake Creek 10:00pm
“This six-time Emmy Award winning drama from AMC is probably the best show about meth cookers since I Love Lucy.  Bryan Cranston, who has won the Best Lead Actor award three years in a row, stars as Walter White, a science teacher turned crystal meth kingpin in Albuquerque, New MexicoEvery week, we will be watching last week's episode followed by the new episode, recorded on DVR so we can fastforward through commercials. For the premiere episode, we will watch the Season 3 finale first!”—  
Monday September 5
Cine Las Americas & Fantastic Fest: Kidnapped
Alamo Ritz 7:30pm
“A free fall into the horrifying abyss that hangs between the good and the bad bad. The precise choreography of this drama contrasts with the chaotic night in which a group of violent criminals invade the privacy of an affluent Spanish family. Based in part on real stories of domestic invasion, kidnapping and extortion, the harrowing sequence of events keeps the film’s intensity away from any alternatives, or other distractions that may prevent the indiscriminating passage of an expansive wave of violence, victimizing the perpetrators as well as the offended. The unsettling and clumsy way in which life is taken away from a family, and the devastating invasion of an isolated suburban world, reveal a deep horror that leaves an open wound, infectious and contagious.”—Eugenio, Cine Las Americas via
Fantastic Fest Presents: Autoerotic
Alamo South Lamar (thru 9/8) 10:00pm
“From Adam Wingard, director of Fantastic Fest 2010 Award winner A Horrible Way to Die, and celebrated independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg comes this compilation film about obsession, confusion, and masturbation.  Wingard and Swanberg have assembled a stable of exciting young talent (among those most noteworthy are Kate Lyn Sheil, Amy Seimetz, and Frank V. Ross) and crafted four short films exploring modern romance and the boundaries of self-gratification, all with an overwhelming sense of humor.  Featuring chronic masturbation, mutating penis enlargement pills, pregnant orgasm difficulties, vaginal molds, and much, much more.”—Daniel Metz via
Austin City Limits: Tom Waits 1979
Alamo Village 10:00pm
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: Wild Style
Alamo Ritz 10:30pm
“Hip-hop rolls on tractor treads now, unafraid to colonize those who hesitate, but in 1982 it was small, self-selecting, and as specific to New York as the World Trade Center. Watching Wild Style, it's hard to believe that hip-hop was about to steal away the role of historical yeast from punk. The plot tracks Zoro (Lee Quinones) on his anxious transition from layups to galleries accompanied by reporter Virginia (Patti Astor). Fab Five Freddy, as uptown ambassador Phade, generates the same pleasant dissonance Divine brought to John Waters movies, looking off to greener pastures and redder carpets in the middle of a low-budget art movie. Wild Style shows hip-hop when it was just some New York shit, one of many things to do on Saturday night. It had to learn to become hegemonic.”— Sasha Frere-Jones, Village Voice via
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: Kidnapped is an amazing piece of home invasion horror that turned a great many heads at last year’s Fantastic Fest. The movie received a lot of notice for its brutality, but it also happens to be a taught psychological thriller with some truly stellar cinematography. I highly recommend checking it out.
Tuesday September 6
AIGA Austin Presents: Lemonade w/Erik Proulx
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“What do people who were once paid to be creative for a living do when they’re laid off? They get creative with their own lives. Lemonade is an inspirational film about 16 advertising professionals who lost their jobs and found their calling, encouraging people to listen to that little voice inside their head that asks, “What if? The film's creator, executive producer, and writer, Erik Proulx, will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.”—
Terror Tuesday: Deranged
Alamo Ritz 9:45pm
“No one can deny that Ed Gein is America’s most beloved murderer. It seems like over half of the 20th century’s most enduring horror films are based on his true life adventures, from Psycho to Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Motel Hell, and many more. Gein’s unique lady-based diet/wardrobe (including a vagina necklace and a belt made of nipples!) have made him an eternal schizoid icon. And of the endless impressive portrayals of the lovable ol’ nut, a Gold Medal Award goes to the recently departed Roberts Blossom in the most historically accurate film in the Geinsploitation canon: Deranged a.k.a. Confessions of a Necrophile! Blossom’s performance is nothing short of otherworldly, as he spoon-feeds his dead mother, wears his neighbors’ faces, and pontificates on the subtle art of romance: ‘I can trust her...she’s FAT!!’ With freshman gore effects by Tom Savini and a truly jolting ending, this blazing journey through a legendary madman’s noodle decimates all competition! Hell, I’ll prove it...I’m gonna grab a shovel and start digging. When a new horror movie comes out that’s even half as good as this one, I bet I’ll be ten feet past China.”—Zack Carlson via
Wednesday September 7
Austin Young Chamber of Commerce: Office Space Quote-Along
Alamo South Lamar 6:30pm
Come see Mike Judge’s uncomfortably accurate, if slightly exaggerated, depiction of the corporate grind; staplers and TPS reports in tow. Your favorite lines will appear on the screen karaoke-style for your shouting pleasure.
Spaceballs Quote-Along
Alamo Village 7:00pm
Continuing its tribute to the greatness that is Mel Brooks, the Alamo brings us Mel’s phenomenal send-up of Star Wars. Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Joan Rivers, and good ol’ Mel himself all turn in fantastic performances in one of the universe’s greatest spoofs. The Alamo is prepared to bring out your inner Schwartz with noisemakers and food and drink specials that are sure to send your taste buds into orbit.
Action Pack: The Running Man
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“[Running Man] is a nonstop barrage of fisticuffs, machine guns, flamethrowers, opera singing, and THE BEST one-liners ever put to celluloid. And if you ever wondered who would win in a fight between Predator teammates and future politicos AHNULD and Jessie "The Body" Ventura, wonder no more as they square off in a hand-to-hand cage match to the DEATH! So load up your provided cap gun with as many rounds as it holds, sit back, hold on tight and prepare for the LIVE PYROTECHNIC Action Pack presentation of The Running Man. And, if you order some food, I hope you leave enough room for my fist because I'm going to ram it into your stomach and break your goddamn spine!”—Greg MacLennan via
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
“The Dionysium offers a unique, innovative program of debate, lecture, declamation, theatrical presentation and music in a salon-like atmosphere on the first Wednesday of every month at the Alamo South Lamar. Audiences enjoy offerings not to be found elsewhere in Austin, including the recitation of famous speeches, participatory discussion in a formal, moderated context, and the opportunity to participate in the recreation of Ancient rituals.”—From
Girlie Night: Mean Girls
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm
“I know Congress has a lot going on right now, but I still cannot believe that they haven't yet passed a law requiring every freshman to receive a copy of Mean Girls before the first day of class. Hello, it's only the most important survival guide to high school ever created! Without Mean Girls, how would you understand the importance of befriending lovable, self-described freaks like Janice and Damian? How would you figure out that you're supposed to dress sexy, not scary, for Halloween? How would you discover that you should never, ever eat a Kalteen bar? And, most importantly, how else would you know that Regina George's hair is full of secrets? This film is jam-packed with vital tips from Her Royal Highness Tina Fey, who created characters I love to hate and continue to quote, seven years after the movie hit screens. Mean Girls is a modern day classic, and at Girlie Night, we'll give it all of the adoration it deserves. Join us as we hate on the Plastics, cheer for the Mathletes and celebrate the one thing Lindsay Lohan did right. Trust falls optional!”—
The No Shame Sing-Along
Alamo Village 10:00pm
Weird Wednesday: Skatetown USA
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
“’The Rock and Roller Disco Movie of the Year!’ Roller disco epic starring Scott Baio, Maureen "Marcia Brady" McCormick, Flip Wilson and most importantly Patrick Swayze, in his first film, as tough-guy skate gangster Ace Johnson. Swayze heavily outclasses the material here. Most actors would (and in fact do) approach this movie with little effort, but Swayze attacks the part like it’s the role of a lifetime. To impress the ladies, teen Greg Bradford takes on Swayze in a roller rink turf war. Their skate-off has to be seen to be believed, and it escalates from there into a full scale disco war on wheels. And if you're expecting disco mercy, you don't know Swayze. With a supporting cast that includes Ruth Buzzi, midget Billy Barty, Ron "Horshak" Palillo, and Dorothy Stratten. You probably want to get to the theater early for this one, because unless there's a nuclear war or something, it's going to fill up fast. From the director of Blackenstein and Wham Bam Thank You Spaceman.”—Lars Nilsen via
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: While Girlie Night is an evening designed for the fairer sex, this week’s entry happens to be a witty, thoroughly entertaining, just vulgar enough comedy to satisfy both genders. If you are a man who has ever wondered what Girlie Night is all about, this would be the evening to attend.
            West Oak
Big Screen Classics: Repo Man
            9/1 10:00pm
Repo Man is considered to be The Ultimate Punk Film. But in fact, Repo Man should be called The Ultimate ‘80s Film, with its shipwrecked characters living low beneath the shadows of the crummy Reagan era. Otto (Emilio Estevez) is a go-nowhere L.A. punk whose life takes a turn for the crazy when he’s enlisted by a crew of self-destructive, nihilistic repo men (including Sy Richardson and Harry Dean Stanton). Meanwhile, a mysterious cop-evaporating force threatens to change the laws of science as we know it. Featuring a hilarious script and a soundtrack from Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Iggy Pop and Fear, plus enough zoned out new wave maniacs to fill a mental ward. There is no movie experience like this one, and Cox is considered one of the reigning kings of cult film for a thousand reasons, all of which are on fearless display in this blue-collar masterpiece. ‘Let’s go do some crimes…’”—
Only at the Alamo: Anime
            9/6 7:30pm
The Alamo Drafthouse provides a welcome haven for fans of Japanese animation. Samurai swords must unfortunately be checked at the door.
            Spaceballs Quote-Along
            9/7 7:30pm
Talladega Nights Quote-Along
            9/1 7:30pm
“If you're only going to watch one movie this should probably be The Highlander. It's just a great movie... it won the Academy Award for ‘Best Movie Ever Made’ if I'm not mistaken. But if you're going to watch two movies this year, you should probably race on down to your local Alamo Drafthouse and catch a screening of The Action Pack's Talladega Nights Quote-Along. Why you ask? Because if you don't I'm going to come at you like a spider-monkey and scissor kick you to the back of that head, that's why! This movie is pure excellence and it's got three of my most favoritest things in it: Nascar, sexy lady parts, and American Pride. So grab a checkered flag and some other celebratory materials on your way in as we Shake N' Bake our way to one of the best nights ever. Buy tickets fast because, "If you're not first, you're last" and you will not want to miss out on this.”—
            Horror Remix: Baked
            9/3 10:00pm
Let’s run down the types activities one could engage in that would secure their demise in a horror film; premarital sex, drinking copious amounts of alcohol, and of course—everyone’s favorite—taking drugs. This week, the chopped and screwed clip show Horror Remix brings us several examples of how drugs have both sealed the doom of a plethora of young victims, but also highly inspired the filmmakers who create the world in which they are slain. Just say no…to anything that would cause you to miss this trip.
            Girlie Night: Mean Girls
            9/6 7:00pm
San Antonio
Only at the Alamo: Anime
            9/5 7:30pm
The Ultimate One Hit Wonders Sing-Along
            9/6 7:30pm
Big Screen Classics: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
            9/7 7:00pm; 10:15pm
“Forget tedious hours spent sifting through dirt for pottery shards, Dr. Indiana Jones knows how to do archeology right: by trotting around the globe snatching ancient objects, narrowly escaping unfriendly natives, romancing sassy barmaids with his roguish charm, and fighting Nazis with his dukes and a whip. Really, what's not to love about this globetrotting adventure-fest? An absolute must-see on the BIG screen, we're proud to present Raiders in a brand new 2K digital format.”—
Big Screen Classics: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
            9/1 7:30pm; 10:30pm
The No Shame Sing-Along
            9/6 7:00pm
The Ultimate One Hit Wonders Sing-Along
            9/4 7:00pm
Spotlight Film Series Opening Night
            9/1 7:00pm
“Opening night of the Spotlight Film Series.  Featuring trailers of featured films and screenings of shorts from local and regional filmmakers. The Spotlight Series at the Alamo will present independent and limited-release films that have been requested by our guests.  We are proud to bring several films that have played only a handful of theaters around the country and that are sure to offer an early glimpse at this year’s Oscar race.  Tickets for each screening are only $5, including the 3D presentations! We kick off the series with a very special opening night celebrating the arts in Virginia.  In the lobby from 5 pm – 7 pm, we will have special guest Mark Thompson, founder and master brewer of Starr Hill Brewery.  We will also have entertainment from very special guest Dean Fields, an amazing singer/songwriter from Richmond.  Check out Dean on iTunes, and see him in our lobby for free!”—
            9/2 8:30pm
“Rocky Balboa was not the only Cinderella involved here: writer/director Sylvester Stallone, himself a virtual unknown, managed to sell his Rocky script (one of 35 that he'd written over the years) on the proviso that he be given the starring role. Since the film was to be made on a shoestring and marketed on a low-level basis, the risk factor to United Artists was small. For Stallone, this was a make-or-break opportunity -- just like Rocky's million-to-one shot with Apollo Creed. Costing under a million dollars, Rocky managed to register with audiences everywhere, earning back 60 times its cost. The film won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Rocky screening is part of Apollo Weekend along with Apollo 13 and Apollo 18. “—
Spooky Film Fest: Broken Springs
            9/2 11:45pm
The Big Lebowski Quote-Along
            9/3 8:30pm
Football: West Virginia Vs Marshall
            9/4 1:00pm
“The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has established itself as the premiere spot for watching football in Winchester. We feature all games on our movie screen in Dolby Surround Sound and state of the art video projection. With the *possible* exception of live in the stadium, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is the best spot for the serious football fan. All eyes in the auditorium are focused on the movie screen, where the action on the field will be larger than life! This show is free! Doors open one hour before kick-off!”—
            Girlie Night: Mean Girls
            9/7 8:30pm
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