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Alamo Guide: Apr-May 2007

Alamo Guide: Apr-May 2007

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new
digr:
Renovation begins
on'Alam0
Drafthouseat the
Ritz"in
April 2007
WAIAMo
DowNTowN
CEI.EBRAIES
TEN VEAR AN
N
IVERsARY...
Ten
yearsago,my
wife
Karrie
and
I
opened
the
doors
to the original
(olorado
Street Alamo Drafthouse
(inema.
We had
justfinished the mostgrueling
six
months of
our
lives,
working
0n
the(onstruction
every day, 7
days
aweek
about
15 hours
a
day.
We worked
at
a feverish
pace
and did damn
neareverything
ourselves,
mainly
because
we hadno
money.
Witha
paltry
sumraised by
hitting
up
our
parents
and friends and
an
assortment0f
(redit
cardloans,
we installed newplumbing,air conditioning,ele(trical,
and
fabricatedthe
screening room
that
we've
been
enjoyingfor the
last
decade.0n opening
day,
we
had520,000
left
in
the
bank, and
with
our
freshly-hiredstaff,
our
first
ever employees,
that
was
enough to
last
us
forabout
a
month if no-one(ameto the
theater.
lt
was
a
miserably
naive business
plan.Thankfully, Austin
responded
to
us
quickly
and westand
looking
back
tenyears
laterto
happily
see
the
conceptof our
original
cinema
still intact.
ln
the nextthree months,
we
will
be
celebrating
our
1
0
year
anniversary
by
bringing
backmany
of our
classir
events andguests.
We hopeyou
willjoin
us
many timesin April through
June
as
we celebtate and
share some
of
our
favorite movies
of
the
past
decade.
Lookforthe red"10"logo
in
this
guideforall
anniversary
screenings.
-
Tim
league: founder, Alamo Drafthouse
(inema
t&
q
AND
MouEs
oPERATToNS
IO
THE
HISTORI(
RITZTHEATER!
For
the
last
10years,
we
have also seen
the
warehouse
distlict
grow
uparound
us.
As
the
neighborhood
has
become more and more
upscale,
we've
seen
many long-time
businesses
fall
away: The
Bitter
End,
Gilligans,
WaterlooBrewing(0,and
RutaMaya
to
name
just
a
few.
At
the
end of June, 2007,
our
lease
will
expire and due
to thehigh
costs
of rent,
insurance and taxes, we
have
been
not
been
confident
that
we would
be
able to
(ontinue
occupyingour current space. With the endof our
lease
looming,the Downtown AustinAlliance stepped inquicklyand brought
us
together withthe
owners of
the
Ritz
Theateron
6thStreet.
ln a
matter
of weeks, we shook
hands
on a
deal
and are now moving
full-steam
ahead
with
planningfor
the
next
decade
of
Alamo Drafthouse Downtownprogramming:Alamo
Drafthouse Cinema
atthe
Ritz.
Renovation begins in April
and
we
hope
to
be
open
as
soon
as
possible,
maybe
as
early
as
summer's
end.
This
theater
will
prove
to
be
the
best
Alamo
Drafthouse
yet.While retainingthe intimacy
and
pr0gramming
ofthe
originallocation,
the
Ritz
will
have
two
scieens,plush
VIP
seating,
state-of-the-art
projection
and
sound
and
the new
experience
ofa
remodeledand renovatedlandmark Austin movie
palace.
Please stay
tuned totheAlamo websiteandblog
for
progress
0n
the constru(ion
as
well
as updates on opening weekprogramming
and
events.
We
would
like
to thank Lany
and
Mary(raddock,owners
of
the
Ritz
propertywho
reached
out to
us
and
did everything they(0uldto
make
this
happen-we
look
forwardto collectivelyreviving
a
lost
Austin movie
palace;
the Downtown
Austin
Alliance
for
bringing
the
(raddocks
and
us
together; 3ob
Woody,
current operator of
the
Ritz
for working
with
us
to
make
the change;
DannyRoth
of Southwest Strategiesfor believing
in a couple
of
kids
with
no
money
or
experience
10years
ago-we
are happy
to
still
be
working
with
you
today;
Karen
Bartoletti
and
the
gang
at
Graves
Dougherty
for
making
the
process
oflumping through
legal
hoops
relativelyquickandpainless.
We also
thank
ourloyal
andextremely hard-working staff, inparticularman-in-charge MikeShenill
for furthering
and refining our
original
vision.
Mostof all,
though,
we'd like to thank the
"Heroes
of the Alamo" members and the entire city
of
Austinforcontinuingto support
us
and
watch
movies
with
us
over
the
years.We love
this city
and
we
look
forward to
1
0
moreyearsof obsessive
cinematicexploits.
For
more
information about the
1
0
Year
Anniversary
screenings at
the originalAlamo Drafthouse
(inema,
check
out www.originalalamo.com.
There areonly
a
few months left t0
enjoy
theoriginal location, we
hope
to
see
you
there
soon
and
often!
Every
dollaryouspend
will
begoingtowards
the
massive
renovation overhaul of theRitz.
Also, stay
tuned for
information
on
the"last
night
at
the
Alamo"
final
screening
andparty!
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i\
/''
n-'-q
 
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HrGHr.rGHTs
oF
THE
1O
YEAR
ANNIVERSARY
CELEBRATION
The
following
is a
selection of
our
signature
special events
featured
as
part
of
the
Alamo Downtown'sten
year
anniversary celebration.
HAROLD
&
KUMAR:
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT
MlNl
BURGERS
:: APRIL
4
One
of the
few
modernday
cult-classics, Harold
ond
Kumar
Go To
ltlhite
Cortle
follows
the exploits
oftwo
Asian-American men in
a
nightlong
pursuitofdeliciousWhite
Castle
burgers.
As
you
watch the moviethere
is
nothing
moreyou
wishfor than t0
eat those
tasty Iittle morsels.
At
the Alamq
we make
that
dreamcome
true!
Details
Pg
34
GRINDHOUSI MARATH0N
::
APRIL
7
To
celebrate
the opening of
QuentinTarantino
and
Robert Rodriquez's
Grindhouse,
the
Alamo
is
hosting a
dusk-til-dawn
grindhousemarathon
of exploitation
featuresand
trailers.
We
will
also
intermingle
select
submissions
from the
SXSW
Grindhouse
trailer competition.
At the end
ofthe
marathon we
will
cap
itoffwith
a
screening
of
Grindhouse! Detaih
Pg
29
TitlesWhiz
KYLE COOPER
Live!
:: APRIL
10
His
two-minute
masterpie(es made him one
ofthe
hottest
properties
in
Hollywood.Meet the most sought-after opening
titles
designer
in
the
business
as
he
explains hiswork, inspiration
andprocess.
Details
Pg
16
MCCHRIS:
GH0STBUSTER5:: APRIL 10
We
personallyknow him
best
asthe comedicvoice ofAqua
Teen Hunger
Force's
M(
Pee
Pants,
5ir
loin
and
little
Brittle, but M(
Chris
is
also an
astonishinglytalented
rapper
in
his day
job.
Following
hisshow
at
Emos
on
the 10th,
Join
M((hris
foramidnight
screening
of
one
of
his
all-time favorite films
Ghostbusfers.
M((hris
will
introduce
and
hangout after the show.
Details on
Pg
1
7
A
CLOCKWORK
0RANGE
with
free
MILK
PLUS"::
APRIt
16
What
would
make one 0f
the
greatest
filmsof all time
even
better?
By
enjoying
a
little
of
the
same
intoxicating
beverage
that the
droogs are
drinking
onscreen.
We
cant
printwhat
getsadded
to
our
milk t0
make it
"milk plus;'butit
might
give youan
erection
orpossiblyaggressive
tendencies...
Details
on
Pg
33
"The
pregnant,theelderly andthe infirm
should
onlydrinkmilk
plusafterconsultingwith
a
physician,
BEERFEST
w/
BEER
FLIGHT
&
IOBBY
BEER
P0NG
::
APRIt
19
Sincewe
opened
ourdoors in
1997, no
other movie
has
been m0re
tailor-made to
the
Alamo
experience
than Beerfest.
Now
part
of
ourregular
rotating
line-up
0f
signature
shows, Eeerfesf
is a
romplete blast
in
the Alamo environment.
This
time we'll featurelobby
Beer Pong,
extremequarters,
a
dueling
flight
ofGerman
vs.
American
beers,plusmore
surprises.
Details
on
Pg.
34
SPAGHETTI WESTERNSPAGHETTI
FEAST
::
APRIL 23
Twogreattastesthatg0greattogether.5ergioleoneathisabsolutepeak,delivering
168
minutes
ofgritty
Euro-westerngold
paired
with168
minutes 0fseriouscarbo-
loadingwithall-you-(an-eatpasta,focacciaandCaesarsalad.DetailsonPg33
SHAFT-
FREE
40
oz.
WITH
EVERYTICKET::APRIL
25
ln
the
words
ofWildman
Steve,"BRlNG 0N
THE
BUtL!!1"
lhis
is
one ofour
oldestgimmicks,first
unleashedon
the Austin
community
in June
of
1997. The
sight 0f
20040 oz. Schlitz
Malt
liquors
in
thetheater
is
enough toget
a man
misty.
Details
Pg
33
J0N
GRIES
LIVE, NAP0LEONDYNAMITE/J0YSTICKS:: MAY
5
ln one insane
evening,
you
get
Uncle
Rico
live in
person
for
Napoleon
Dynamite,bul
youalso
get
his
legendary
King
Vidiotperformance,the singlegreatestportrayal
of
punk
rock in
film.
Bells and
whistles
youask? The
Alamo
will
deliver
inspades
for
this
furiousone-two
punch
of
pure
cinematic bliss. Detaik
Pg
1
7
RED
V5.
BLUE
LIVE
lN
PERSON ::
APRIL 29
DAVY
R0THBART LIVE,DIRTYFOUND
::
APRI[30M0TH
STORYTOUR
::
MAY
3
LEB0WSKIBOWLING ROADSH0W ::
MAY
4
SMOKIY &
THE
BANDIT
W
Ll'L
CAP'N TRAVIS
::
MAY 6
FARLEY GRANGER
LIVE:
STRANGERS ON
A
TRAIN ::MAY
7
F0LEYVISI0N
W
FRED
NTWMAN :: MAY 12M0THERS
DAY
FOOD/FILM FEAST:: MAY13
WILLYW0NKA
G0LDEN
TICKET
GIVEAWAY::MAY 14
THE ULTIMATE YACHT
ROCK
EXPERIENCE
::MAY18
HERSCHELL
G0RD0N
LEWIS LIVE ::
MAY
26A HARD
DAYS
NIGHT
W/THE
EGGMEN LIVE
::
MAY
27
FACE
TIME
W
IAN MCTAGAN
UVE
::
MAY
29

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