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Alamo Drafthouse Celebrates The Summer of 1983


Alamo Drafthouse is celebrating the “Summer of 1983,” a sequel to last year’s extremely popular film series marking the 30th anniversary of the greatest Hollywood blockbusters of the 1980s. Last year the Alamo honored 1982. And while that was indeed the greatest summer of movies ever, it turns out a slew of celebrated popcorn classics were released in the summer 1983 as well. Here’s a look at a few of those beloved flicks that the Alamo will be featuring for their ”Summer of 1983″ series:

  • Return of the Jedi 
  • Trading Places
  • Scarface
  • The Killing of Satan
  • Risky Business
  • The Deadly Spawn
  • Octopussy
  • Screwballs
  • WarGames
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation
  • and Jaws in 3-D!

Check out the ”Summer of 1983″ trailer:

The crown jewel of Summer ’83 was Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. The Alamo will be one of only two places this summer where the original trilogy classic can be seen on the big screen again, the first time since 1997.

The Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane will host the film’s theatrical return for its actual 30th anniversary on Saturday, May 25, along with an all-day, galactic-sized celebration with food and Star Wars-related activities throughout the day, including a costume contest. Tickets for Return of the Jedi are on sale NOW.

Tickets for all other films will go on sale two weeks before each screening date. Visit the “Summer of 1983″ website for film schedules and to purchase tickets.


Do512′s List of Things to do When It’s Cold

As residents of South Texas, the majority of us cringe at the thought of cold weather because it is several degrees out of our comfort zone. There are always those few who are so relieved that it has cooled off, but then they are the ones who are first to complain about it being too cold when asked to go out and do something. Ugh.

Whether you complain now or later, we can all get a little sick of the cold when we are indeed getting sick with colds and we have features such as Barton Springs, Hamilton Pool and Zilker begging for warm weather to return. Despite our initial temptations to just get a six-pack and kick back with Netflix all day, there are many things to do outside of your couch during these (Texas standard) cold days.

First, we can start with blood-pumping indoor activities you may not have known were in our city such as iFly, an indoor skydiving experience that offers reasonably priced packages to obtain the thrill of flying without jumping out of planes. Or, if you want something a little more low-key, yet physical, Austin Rock Gym always has specials on day passes where you can scale around 10,000 square feet of climbing walls. Then, there is always the option to embrace the cold and head to an indoor ice-skating rink like Chaparral Ice, which has public skating, private lessons and activities such as broomball and dodgeball. Some more unique alternatives to being lazy could be K1 Speed Austin, an indoor go kart racing facility or Blazer Tag, a three-story lazer tag arena, the largest in Texas. If all of this seems like too much physical activity, you can always watch instead of participate and see a University of Texas basketball game at The Frank Erwin Center.

Photo via iFly

Photo via iFly

Some ideas that are perhaps a little more obvious, but seem to escape your “What should I do?” portal when the time comes, would include seeing a movie at Alamo Drafthouse or a production at ZACH Theatre, or a smaller venue such as Hyde Park Theatre. There are also several music venues where it is easy to see a great live show and stay warm. The Mohawk has a fire place, Hole in the Wall always seems cozy and Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater may be a little more pricey, but the comfortability and amazing acts to come through are worth the extra dollars. In the next two months alone, Cat Power, Diana Ross and The XX will take the stage. Dang.

Photo via Hole in the Wall

Photo via Hole in the Wall

Our city also hosts a variety of museums that suit all interests and demographics. There is the Texas Music Museum, Museum of the Weird, AMOA Arthouse, Austin Nature & Science Center, Texas Military Forces Museum and of course, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, where you can also catch a movie on the insanely large IMAX theater screen. While you are there, you should take the short walk down to our great state’s capitol and initiate yourself as an official Texan. While you are feeling informed on your state history, you could also take a trip to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library that comprises five permanent exhibits and hosts many lectures and forums. The Driskill is another great place to poke around in to admire the luxurious elegance of a landmark known for its legendary Texas hospitality.

If you do not mind braving the cold, (at least long enough to get inside of the next shop), South Congress Avenue is a haven of eccentric shops such as Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds and uncommon OBJECTS that are sure to keep you occupied for a few solid hours.

Photo via Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds

Photo via Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds

Austin has one last gem that is worthy of mention– The Austin Steam Train. The Austin Steam Train Association obtained engines and freights that have been refurbished and put on tracks that take passengers around the Hill country with historical stops. The train rides incorporate murder-mystery type performances, wine tastings and celebrations such as The Mardi Gras Hangover Murder. Of course, classic train rides to enjoy the sites are available as well.

Whatever tickles your fancy, these suggestions brush the surface of what is available to us in Austin. Restaurants, shops, museums, music venues and indoor activity centers are the heartbeat of our city and we assure you, there is always something new to check out– even when it’s cold.

- via Courtney Goforth

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Closing Night- 1/03

Temporarily closing, that is.

Alamo Drafthouse will celebrate a renovation closure with activities that appeal to film buffs of all genres and transcend age groups. All six screens will load up on interactive and participatory events that will send the South Lamar location off with a cinematic bang.

The day kicks off at 6:35 p.m. with the (Big) Kid’s Club “Three Stooges” Party!!!, which will feature five of Larry, Moe and Curly’s ventures in 35mm.

7 p.m.– Director Don Coscarelli will present his first film in a decade, “John Dies at the End,” on behalf of Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S.

7:15 p.m.– The Austin Film Society will screen “2 or 3 Things I know About Her,” Jean-Luc Godard’s dramatized documentary about people in Paris in the 1960s.

7:30 p.m.– Continuing with the weekly tradition, Alamo will hand out props to supplement the quoting of all of your favorite lines from “The Big Lebowski.”

7:50 p.m.– Girlie Night is hosting a cinematic prom, which encourages attendees to dress up in your finest pink threads while they show “Pretty in Pink.” Then, at 10:15 p.m. the Girlie Late Night will screen “Bridesmaids” and encourages all to put on their best (worst) bridesmaid dresses.

9:15 p.m.– Tobe Hooper, director/writer/producer of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, will be in attendance as a double-feature of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is shown in 35mm and then the direct sequel Texas Chainsaw 3D will follow.

At 9:55 p.m., Tough Guy Cinema will present “Hard Target” and Drafthouse Films will show “Pieta” at 10:50 p.m. and “Wrong” at 12:35 a.m.

10:30 p.m.– Alamo will host a sing-along for the “Best of 2012,” featuring all of radio’s favorites to overplay. Everyone can enjoy “Gangnam Style” one last time before leaving it behind with the rest of 2012.

After the Thursday closing celebration, the usual programs at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar will move to the other Alamo locations during the temporary closure: The Big Lebowski Quote-along will be at the Slaughter Lane location, The Dionysium and Austin Film Society at the Village and the Alamo Kids Club will meet at the Ritz.

After the festivities conclude, Alamo cinema will officially go under the knife and intends to come out in the fall of 2013 with a facelift that will include three new screens, a new film distribution label and a philosophy that will take specialty programming to the next size up.

The renovation will triple the size of the Alamo’s lobby space and connect the theater to its neighbor, The Highball, whom is also getting a makeover. The South Lamar Plaza Shopping Center will become a mecca of entertainment with an aesthetic to match the hype.

Photo via Alamo Drafthouse

- via Courtney Goforth

Top 10 Holiday Date Ideas

Tis the season to be extraordinarily busy.  Although it may not feel like winter, the hustle and bustle around town suggests otherwise.  Twinkling lights illuminate dark sidewalks and red and green paint the town with Holiday spirit.  There are endless amounts of events to fully embrace the celebration.  Whether you find yourself single or “Facebook official,” we’ve carefully selected our top destinations in the 512 to snuggle up.

1) Austin’s Trail of Lights has been a long-standing tradition.  After a 2 year hiatus due to the costly display, the iconic event is back and bigger than ever.  The trail is completely free and runs from 6:30-10pm with nightly performances.  Fall in love with Austin or your favorite person while spinning beneath the 155 ft tree of lights.

2) Alamo Drafthouse is more than a movie theater.  The masterminds behind the experience factory have concocted some of the best holiday functions ever.  ”The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” which you can do at the Elf Quote-Along, grab your girls for a Love Actually night or relive your childhood with a Home Alone feast with a delicious cheese pizza allll to yourself.  Get silly with your loved one(s) for a truly one-of-a-kind date.

3) If warm and fuzzy is what you’re going for, grab a cup and fill ‘er up with Bailey’s and hot cocoa for a leisurely stroll on 37th Street.  Think: an entire neighborhood of Griswold decorations.  The 20 year tradition has been featured on Good Morning America and attracts gazillions seeking to brighten their holidays.

4) The gift that keeps on giving all the year through is lending your time and love to someone in need.  While this may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think “date night,” doing good for others together can bring you closer together.  Volunteer Santa’s little helper opportunities abound, especially when Jack Frost rolls into town, whenever that will be.  Even the Grinch knows that Christmas doesn’t come from a store.

5) One thing we don’t get much of around here is that white stuff.  Annnd that frozen stuff that comes with the white stuff.  Whole Foods on Lamar presents:  Ice Skating on the Plaza daily from 11am-8pm for $10.  Aside from a snowball fight, skating mitten in mitten is the most romantic of romantic winter dates. A new pair of mittens or scarf would be a great gift to accompany your night out.

6) Skip the masses scrambling to get last minute, generic gifts at the closest mall and head to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, now in it’s 37th season.  Palmer Events Center transforms into a winter-wonder-shopping land, featuring unique items from local artisans.  Here, you and your boo can see some of the best musicians around.  Consider this the grownup equivalent of dating at the mall.

7) Score big with your significan other by catching a showing of the 50th Annual Production of The Nutcracker.  There’s something for everyone at this event- beautiful ballerinas twirling through a fantasy land with the Austin Symphony in the background.  Every lady loves the ballet.  Major brownie points here, fellas.  As it is one of the classic events of the holiday season, grab your tickets in advance.

8) Double your brownie points with a day trip to a nearby sweet spot.   Johnson City is known for their fabulous light spectacular, live nativities, carriage rides, and lamplight tours of the LBJ boyhood home.  On Dec. 26, Becker Vineyards celebrates the British “Boxing Day” with a fireside reading of “A Christmas Carol.”  Fredericksburg and Luckenbach also top the list in romantic and clever destinations.

9) You like music.  She likes music.  You live in Austin.  Let’s hear some music.  Catch your favorite artists singing your favorite holiday favorites.  Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee is bound to be a holiday favorite.  Dale Watson’s annual Christmas Show & Dance is going down at ye old Continental Cub.  THE couple of Texas music, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison will host their annual holiday show where you can hear songs from their Christmas album and other classics.

10) Learn something new together!  From painting to cooking to comedy and fitness, Austin has something for everyone.  This is great for first dates as it shows your adventurous side, and it also spices things up in your long-term relationships.  An apron or bottle of wine would be a great gift idea for this night out. (Hint*hint)

Whether you already have a twinkle to your star, a marshmallow to your hot chocolate, a candy to your cane, a jingle to your bell….you get the picture….be it that you are in a relationship, starting one or looking to be in one, there are plenty of oppurtunities for you to warm up to someone.

“Love actually is all around.” -Love Actually


Action Pack Presents: The Ultimate Willy Wonka Party w/ Mike TeeVee & Veruca Salt 4/29

“Little surprises around every corner, but nothing too dangerous.” This is what you can expect at Sunday’s Ultimate Willy Wonka Party at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. One Golden ticket to this Action Pack event will get you a chance to see in person two of the child stars from the original 1971 Willy Wonka film: Paris Themmen (Mike TeeVee) and Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt). You know, the bratty cowboy-clad kid and the greedy girl in the red dress who wanted to lock the world in her pocket. There will be a full Q&A after the screening, and all guests will receive an autographed poster with their ticket!

Willy Wonka is a movie for all – the kids love it for the playful songs, candy aplenty and the mere concept of a chocolate factory that makes something as magical as an Everlasting Gobstopper or a chocolate river. Adults love it for the nostalgia for innocence and childhood it evokes, as well as Gene Wilder’s unforgettable and rivetingly odd performance as Willy Wonka. The 1971 original is clearly the best version, and Tim Burton can never change that. Never!

Besides the special guests and awesome sing/quote along of the film, you can expect bubbles, bubbles everywhere and candy of all sorts at your fingertips. There will be menu items available that are themed for the film, as well as a plethora of goodies for the kids. So, enter on Do512 for a chance to win a Golden ticket to the party!

Alamo Drafthouse Presents: Blazing Saddles Quote-Along Beer Party @ Republic Square Park 4/19

Following a wildly successful kickoff of last year’s Off-Centered Fest, complete with a packed downtown party with the best TX breweries in attendance, Alamo Drafthouse has decided to give it another go, this time with a Western twist. This year, the film of choice is Blazing Saddles, and I’m sure you have an inkling of what to expect – Western themed activities, beer fit for even the most rugged cowboy and all the accessorizing appropriate for the occasion. This quote-along is going to be wild, and with the best, most delicious local beer at your disposal, it shouldn’t be hard to have a good time.

A complete lineup of the beers in attendance is available for your peruse, and each will be available as a 4-ounce pour for just $3. Get to Republic Square Park early April 19th to get your hands on the rare and extra special beers- they’ll go fast! Yes, Republic Square Park – outdoor movies aren’t just for the kids, folks! Some of the brewmasters responsible  for crafting the very beer that you’ll be drinking will be at the event, so be sure to ask them questions and learn their beer secrets. Also in attendance will be the Alamo Executive Chef John Bullington, known for crafting totally awesome themed-food for the movies. He’s the man behind the quirky match-up of movies and meals at the Alamo Drafthouse, and he’ll be working a tent on the grounds, selling amazing themed menu items.

Here’s what your admission ticket will include ($10 in advance, $12 day of the show): A wild and crazy Western spoof screening of Blazing Saddles with subtitles, a cap gun to shoot people with (if you want) and a giant pot of beans, simmering before you at the front of the screen. Walk right on up anytime to fill yourself with a bowl of beans. Feel free. Just don’t sit near me.

Here’s where things get almost too fun – in honor of the legendary ending of the film, a plethora of pies will be available and a booth, where you can pie the hardworking brewers to help raise money for the non-profit Texas Craft Brewers Guild.

Also keep your eyes peeled for some special guests! This is sure to be a memorable quote-along, as the outdoor location allows for more craziness and fun. Gates open at 6pm on April 19th at Republic Square Park, and the movie will start around 8pm, when the sun goes down. Keep in mind that this event is cash only, although an ATM will be located onsite.

The FP Screening @ Alamo Drafthouse, South Lamar

* By: John Shields 

About an year and a half ago, Austin’s favorite local movie theater, Alamo Drafthouse, opened a film distribution arm called Drafthouse Films. Since it’s inception, there have been a series of incredible films that have come out of their stable. This has mostly been serious pieces, which included Bullhead, a 2011 Belgian dramatic film written and directed by Micheal R. Roskam, which was up for Best Foreign Language Film this year at the Academy Awards. Unfortunately, it didn’t win. But, this article is not about that, this article is about Drafthouse Film’s newest movie, the kind of ridiculous off-the-wall fair that the Drafthouse loves, The FP.

The FP (Written and Directed by Brandon and Jason Trost) stands for Fraiser Park, a town in California in the not so distant future. In this town, there are two street gangs who vie for dominance through the art of the “Beat Beat Revelation” Video Game (a reference to Dance Dance Revolution, if you missed out on the late 90’s). But, this plot is merely a minor part of the sheer joy this movie has to bring. What we have here is a glorious gathering of tropes and archetypes that gleefully bathe in the waters of 1980’s combat and sports movies.

The plot is never going to step out of the basic storytelling of those films (strap in, there is one hell of a montage and several incredible lonely walking scenes) but, in that wallowing, there is a simple homage that highlights the absurdity of it. Through out the film, this absurdity is played as straight as possible. No character cracks or questions the world they live in, but there is no other way that the comedy of this film could shine if this veneer of serious was dropped in any way.

While the story and directing are expertly done, the real stand out aspect of the film is the costuming. There is a fancy film term called Mise-en-scène. Basically, it is used to mean that everything showing in the scene serves a purpose. In The FP, the costuming work of Sarah Trost is a prime example of this. Costumes that are chosen don’t just give the audience some information about the character, but usually give information on multiple levels, a storytelling technique that is sometimes very difficult to convey with just clothing.
All in all, if you have fond memories of the 80’s, strange design choices, or even if you were also a jumped up high school student who created fake rivalries over a game at the local mall, The FP is a movie that will have you rolling in your seats. It is currently showing in Austin at the South Lamar Drafthouse and can be requested for viewing nationwide via Tugg.com.

Drafthouse Films’ “Bullhead” @ Alamo Drafhouse Feb. 17th

With The Oscars right around the corner, it is essential that you see Drafthouse Films’ new release, Bullhead, which has been nominated for an Academy Award within the Best Foreign Language Film category. Bullhead was personally selected by the Alamo Drafthouse Founder Tim League, and is being released theatrically via the Alamo’s new film distribution branch, Drafthouse Films.

Bullhead, the directorial debut of Michael Roskam, has received international acclaim and won a plethora of awards to boot. Starring Matthias Schoenaerts in his promising breakout performance, Palm Springs IFF 2012 and the 2011 AFI festival has awarded him with “Best Actor” and ”New Auteurs Critic’s Prize For Best Actor.” Roskam has also been named one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch,” giving much hope for Bullhead at the upcoming Oscars awards ceremony.

Bullhead follows Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts), a cattle farmer drugged on steroids and hormones, in a crime thriller that addresses revenge, redemption and facing inner demons. When Jacky Vanmarsenille goes forward with a seedy deal with an infamous meat trader, he must confront his internal turmoil and face the consequences of his risky decisions.

Bullhead was an acclaimed selection at Austin’s last Fantastic Fest as well, and because of their awesome connection to their homebase of Austin, The Alamo Drafthouse will be holding select screenings of the film for Austinite audiences. Show your support for Drafthouse Films and the riveting masterpiece Bullhead, and make sure to take your age-appropriate friends/family/significant others on a post-Valentine’s rendezvous to one of Austin’s fine Alamo Drafthouse locations to see it, starting February 17th.

Welcome to the Neighborhood – Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter

Who doesn’t love the Alamo? Seriously? Alamo Drafthouse has ruined any other movie theater for all the Do512 staffers quite possibly forever and we’re just darn ok with that. Drinking beer while watching new movies, old movies, campy horror movies from the days of 35mm film yore and having the option of chomping down a solid order of potato skins or pizza while doing it is life changing.

The Action Pack has brought a new interactive element to film and their specialty feasts are not to be messed with. There’s no disputing they certainly are the cool kids when it comes to the most bad ass cinema experience. The best part is, they’re not done.

Enter in the gigantic facade we rolled up to on Slaughter, the first location to have the NEW Alamo logo on the outside of it. We put our hard hats on like good little tour hooligans and away we went. Tim League himself began the tour with a brief run down of how excited they were to finally get to break ground on the newest of the Alamos. A quick gaze up to the ticket booth in the lobby and it was impossible to avoid the fact that the Alamo sign was torn in half by giant, plantlike wall neighbors.

“We’re really close to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center here,” League said. He went on to describe how it thought it would be awesome to have each location under an invasion of sorts, thus Slaughter’s would be conspiring, evil plants. Rawr.

We then traipsed through the kitchen, which was quite possibly the square footage of an average person’s home. Alamo’s head chef, John Bullington, pleasantly announced that the equipment in the new location’s kitchen was top of the line and would cut down on their food preparation time significantly. Cookies for you faster my little movie watching friends! It’s a good thing too. He stated that last summer, they were looking at an average of 800 meals an hour being served at other Drafthouse locations. Excusameeee that’s astonishing.

While the behind the scenes changes will of course affect the experience of the average movie goer in a positive way, there’s also some changes that anyone who has visited the Drafthouse over the years is sure to notice.

* New table design! Personally, I don’t mind being kicked in the shin when the lady next to me has had one too many outta that bucket of Thirsty Planet and is crawling under the bar table to rush to the loolooroom, but some folks do. League showed us a new table design that is intended to be shared by two people. Leg room! Bathroom! Hiyo!

Tiny tables save you from death defying crawls to the bathroom!

*There is not a darn bad seat in the house. League said that they had learned from past theater designs that the front seats were not terribly desirable. They now have promised to always abide by the seat to screen distance rule which, in simplified terms, essentially means the first row is as far away as the measurement of the screen height. In this case, about 22 feet away from the screen. (Thanks to Alamo’s chief architect for that lil snippet)

Shh! The chairs are sleeping. Note how much dancing room I have from the front row to the screen. Wiggle wiggle.

* Separate for service members and the general population for the bigger theaters!

* Wall…..to wall….to ceiling screens. Huge screens. Big. Real, real big.

View from the projection room...monster screens!

* A decorative hallway archive of beloved 35mm films and memorabilia will be lining the main hallway in wall size glass cases.

* There’s a half theater, or a miniMo as the staff on tour joked. The teeny little theater housed 32 seats and is intended to be used for private party rentals and smaller movie screenings. The screen certainly didn’t shrink to fit the room though and League stated that he hoped to include one of these mini rooms in new location projects.

Not much now, but it's going to be super swanky when it's done!

* Because of the tiny theater, there was enough room for a cocktail lounge which they’ve titled the 400 Rabbits Club. The title hails from its namesake which happens to be an Aztec goddess who gave birth to…400 rabbits. What? Everyone knows that. Sticking with the plant theme, the cocktail lounge will have a heavy concentration on carefully selected tequilas and will also offer small bites to coincide with its cocktail menu. You also can now enjoy your Alamo treats on a patio! Swanky. Watch for a Sunday brunch to come to this spot upon venue open as well.

League wrapped up by saying that he felt this was a new playground where they were able to take what they had learned from the other locations, “tidy everything up,” and test some of their new ideas.

Their grand opening event is on March 22! Keep an eye on Drafthouse.com as well as Do512 for any updates!


As You Wish – Alamo Drafthouse’s Princess Bride Feast and Wine Debut

You want to know what to do on Valentine’s Day? As you wish.

You want something new, delicious, smooth, yet witty to drink this Valentine’s day while enjoying a delectable meal? As you wish.

You want to see the Alamo Drafthouse’s Action Pack host in velvet pants? AS YOU WISH!

While the Princess Bride themed quote-along is a longtime favorite for Alamo lovers on V-day, this year there’s some extremely exciting news. After pondering what they could do with their wine list to make it exciting and unique, the Alamo did what they do best and thought of something so charming, yet simplistic, it’s simply astonishing it didn’t already exist before.

Enter in, the Bottle of Wits. After a few phone calls to the Princess Bride rights holders, the design maestros at Helms Workshop for a collectible bottle idea and of course, their in-house drink master, the Drafthouse was looking at two wines they call Inconceivable Cab and As You Wish White.

We were lucky enough to get to try a little smattering of the two last week and were not at all disappointed. The wine will be available for everyone to try starting this February 14 and will be unveiled at the Princess Bride Valentine’s feast. Shortly afterwards, it will then be available for purchase online. Delicious. While the wine is divine, it certainly is going to be sharing a stage with some notable edibles as well.

On the menu for the rest of the feast, you’re looking at a carefully planned mutton & arugula sandwich on a nice multi-seed bread with herb dressing, an eel salad and a coffee, mustard and peppercorn rubbed beef tenderloin with truffled risotto and port glace.

If you don’t know what half those words mean, we found out they mean “dude, yum.”

The earlier those Valentine’s plans get made, the better that day with exorbitant amounts of pink everywhere will be. We assure you, we trust Alamo to take care of us when all we want is to eat drink and be merry. Tickets on sale tomorrow!