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Majestic Phoenix

Local franchise owners for Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in metro Phoenix are breaking off from the cinema chain founded in Texas in 1997. Their rebranded theaters are scheduled to open as Tempe Majestic 7, Gilbert Majestic 8, and Chandler Majestic 9 on September 3. Owners Craig and Kim Paschich will be announcing grand opening events and menu changes on social media.

click to enlarge Bear Mother (detail shown here) by James Johnson is part of the "Art on Deck" exhibit. - PHOENIX AIRPOT MUSEUM

Bear Mother (detail shown here) by James Johnson is part of the "Art on Deck" exhibit.

Phoenix Airpot Museum

New Skate Deck Exhibit

A new exhibition titled “Art on Deck”recently opened at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Located in a pre-security area at the west end of Terminal 3 on Level 2, the exhibit includes works by Arizona-based artists Di’Orr Greenwood, James Johnson, Duane Koyawena, Toybox Monster, Carson Smith, and Yuko Yabuki. The exhibition will be on view through March 2022.

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The Phoenix Symphony is about to open its 75th season.

The Phoenix Symphony

Phoenix Symphony Season

The Phoenix Symphony is getting ready to announce the opening performance for its 75th anniversary season, which is scheduled to occur on Friday, October 22. Symphony performances have been taking place in nontraditional venues during the pandemic, and The Phoenix Symphony has yet to announce where it will be performing during the 2021/22 season.

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Rachel Lynett received the 2021 National Latinx Playwrights Award for Black Mexican.

Arizona Theatre Company

Latinx Playwrights Award

Rachel Lynett received the 2021 National Latinx Playwrights Award for their work titled Black Mexican. The award is presented by Arizona Theatre Company, which describes the play as a thought-provoking piece examining the struggle of antiblackness within Latinidad. Lynett will receive a $1,000 award and their play will be workshopped at Arizona Theatre Company.

Virtual Exhibition Series

The Phoenix Institute for Contemporary Art (PhICA)plans to show 18 virtual exhibitions in 2021 and 2022, which will feature works by Arizona-based, national, and international artists. The exhibits are designed in part to help contemporary artists advance their careers. The organization is also continuing its Emerging Curator Series, which provides opportunities for diverse creatives to curate PhICA exhibitions.

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The 2022 Indie Film Fest is scheduled for February 10 to 12.

Indie Film Fest

New Indie Film Fest Venue

The 2022 Indie Film Fest has added a new location to its lineup of downtown Phoenix venues. The festival's Saturday night finale and awards ceremony will take place in the outdoor courtyard in front of the castle tower at the Irish Cultural Center on February 12, 2022. Tickets will go on sale on November 1.

Back to Live

The Side Door platform launched in 2017 as a way to connect artists with alternative performance spaces recently announced a Back to Live programthat provides subsidies for people who host dance, theater, music, comedy, spoken word, lectures, and other performances at their homes or businesses. Prospective event hosts can apply online.

Phoenix Art Museum is getting ready to open a new exhibition. - LYNN TRIMBLE

Phoenix Art Museum is getting ready to open a new exhibition.

Lynn Trimble

New Phoenix Art Museum Exhibit

Phoenix Art Museum will become the first U.S. museum to present a mid-career survey of works by Columbian artist Oscar Muñoz when it opens “Oscar Muñoz: Invisibilia”on September 11. The exhibition, which was organized with the Blanton Museum of Art, will include charcoal drawings, photographs, videos, site-specific works, and more. There will also be a bilingual catalogue. The exhibit will run through January 16, 2022.

Scottsdale Historical Society

The Scottsdale Historical Society, which is based inside the Little Red Schoolhouse on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, anticipates that renovations at the outdoor pedestrian mall will prevent the facility from reopening before January 2023. In the meantime, board members are working to organize, catalog, and archive its inventory of historical objects and documents.

Austin's Alamo Drafthouse is out of bankruptcy, opening five new theaters

After COVID-19 dealt a huge blow to movie theaters everywhere, Alamo Drafthouse is out of bankruptcy and in expansion mode.

The Austin-based company said it has emerged from its Chapter 11 filing with the completion of a sale to an investor group that includes private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners, Fortress Investment Group and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League.

The news follows the company's biggest box office weekend since the pandemic began, including what it said was a stellar return of its Los Angeles theater, which saw sold out shows for all films and all showtimes for the holiday weekend from Friday to Monday.

“We’re so thrilled to be reopening theaters across the country and welcoming back audiences for an unparalleled moviegoing experience with films we’ve been eagerly awaiting for over a year now,” said Alamo Drafthouse CEO Shelli Taylor.

More:Austin's Fantastic Fest is coming back in person at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

More:Alamo Drafthouse is reopening the rest of its locations in Austin soon

Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse has exited bankruptcy and is planning five new movie theater locations.

Now, the movie chain is planning new locations. Alamo is entering Manhattan with a 14-screen theater in the financial district that is expected to open this fall.

A previously announced Staten Island theater is in development with the Flying Guillotine, a martial arts-inspired bar in partnership with hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan founder Robert Diggs, who is better known by his stage name RZA.

With franchise partner Cojeaux Cinemas, Alamo is opening its first theater in Washington, D.C., with a nine-screen complex expected to open in late 2021. Cojeaux is also opening a nine-screen theater in Arlington, Virginia planned for spring of 2022.

Cojeaux Cinemas currently operates three other Alamo Drafthouse franchises in Virginia.

Meanwhile, Alamo Drafhouse is opening its first theater in St. Louis with a 10-screen theater expected to open in spring of 2022.

Like all indoor movie theaters, Alamo Drafthouse has faced difficulties since Covid hit, putting extreme stress on the entertainment industry. After closing locations in March 2020, the company declined to reopen its Texas theaters right away when Gov. Greg Abbott allowed indoor cinemas to resume operation. Alamo later reopened some of its locations late in summer 2020.

In the meantime, Alamo Drafthouse laid off employees, created a COVID-19 relief fund, and hired Taylor, a former Starbucks executive, as CEO. League shifted into a new role as executive chairman, and launched a streaming platform, Alamo On Demand. The brand's signature film festival, Fantastic Fest, will be an in-person event in September at the company's theater on South Lamar Boulevard in Austin. 

History of Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse was founded in Austin in 1997 by League and his wife, Karrie. It has  grown into an influential national chain and a pioneer of the dinner-and-a-movie model, also branching out into merchandising and film preservation arms. 

More:Can Austin drive-in theaters, once a novelty, ride a boom year into the future?

The first Alamo Drafthouse was on Colorado Street. Prior to the pandemic, the chain operated 36 cinema-eateries in 22 markets across 10 states. It currently has 39 locations.

In March, the company said it voluntarily filed for bankruptcy as the coronavirus pandemic continued to hammer its business.

The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in downtown Austin, as well as locations in New Braunfels and Kansas City, Missouri, were permanently closed. 

The company also announced it entered into an purchase agreement for the sale of its assets to a senior lender group including Altamont Capital Partners, which was already an investor in the company, along with new investor Fortress Investment Group. Tim League was also part of the investor group. 

“We’re so grateful to our incredible partners at Altamont and Fortress, who are completely aligned with our vision for Alamo Drafthouse’s growth," Taylor said. "It’s incredibly exciting to be back on that path so we can bring the Alamo Drafthouse experience to new locations around the country, including our very first locations in Manhattan, St. Louis, and D.C.”

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Alamo Drafthouse in Arizona to become Majestic Theaters

PHOENIX — The three Alamo Drafthouse-branded movie theaters in Chandler, Gilbert, and Tempe will soon become Majestic Theaters after the local franchise owners and the Texas-based movie theater chain have reached a settlement and agreed to part ways.

The agreement, pending a judge's approval, comes after Craig and Kim Paschich, the franchisees who own the three Arizona theaters under Paschich Alamo Holdings, LLC, filed for bankruptcy in early 2020, citing financial issues exacerbated by the pandemic.

They then filed a civil lawsuit against Alamo Drafthouse seeking to end their franchise agreement, which Alamo Drafthouse then countersued for breach of contract.

With cases spanning Arizona, Delaware, and Texas, both sides have now reached a potential agreement.

"After many months of trying to work through an arrangement for Paschich Alamo Holdings LLC to continue operating the Alamo Drafthouse brand, we have mutually decided to part ways, pending court approval of filings in DE and AZ," said Chris Drazba, with Alamo Drafthouse, in a prepared statement.

"We hope to return to the Phoenix area again one day and wish our beloved guests a fond farewell," he said.

All three theaters are currently open and operating under the Alamo brand. The brand transition to Majestic is expected to begin in early September, a news release said.

"Our priority has always been to create joy for our guests and our staff with extraordinary programming, delightful food creations, and an eclectic selection of beer and cocktails," Craig and Kim Paschich said in a statement.

"So while the name on the sign is changing we want to assure our supporters, guests, friends and patrons that we remain "Under Old Management" and we are open uninterrupted throughout this transition."

Aside from the name change, staff, management, and operations at the theaters would remain the same as they did before, they said.

Most large movie theaters -- AMC, Cinemark, Harkins, and Regal -- have reopened in Arizona since state restrictions were lifted last year.

Flix Brewhouse in downtown Chandler remains closed and the landlord has repossessed the property. It is unclear if and when that location will reopen.

Studio Movie Grill in Scottsdale is permanently closed and Florida-based Touchstar Cinemas plans to open in that space.

Discount theater Picture Show closed its theater at Paradise Valley Mall, which is being demolished and redeveloped, but its theaters in Mesa and Prescott are open.

Pollack Tempe Cinemas, a local discount theater in Tempe, closed in March 2020 and has remained closed. Potential reopening plans have not been announced.


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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

American movie theater chain

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is an American cinema chain founded in 1997 in Austin, Texas that is famous for serving dinner and drinks during the movie, as well as its strict policy of requiring its audiences to maintain proper cinema-going etiquette.

It has 38 locations across the United States, including nineteen (with six more being built) across Texas. Outside of Texas, it has 4 locations in Virginia (Winchester, Charlottesville, Woodbridge and Ashburn).[1] There are three locations in both Colorado (Denver, Westminster and Littleton) and Arizona (Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe), as well as two locations each in New York (Yonkers and Brooklyn), Nebraska (Omaha and La Vista[2]) and California (San Francisco and Los Angeles), respectively. There are individual locations in Woodbury, Minnesota, Springfield, Missouri and Raleigh, North Carolina.[3][4]

Others are planned to be built in St. Louis, Missouri;[5]Crystal City, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Manhattan and Staten Island, New York.[6][7] In March 2021, Alamo Drafthouse filed for bankruptcy but emerged from the situation three months later.


The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was founded by Rice University alumni Tim and Karrie League at 409 Colorado St, in an Austin, Texaswarehouse district building on Colorado St. (between 4th and 5th) that was being used as a parking garage.[8]

The company began as a second-run movie theater, and distinguished itself by the food and drink service offered inside the theater, including cold beers, which continues to set Alamo Drafthouse apart from many other cinemas.[citation needed] The seating is arranged with rows of cabaret style tables in front of each row of seats, with an aisle between each row to accommodate waiter service. Customers write their orders on slips of paper, which are picked up by black-clad waiters.

Soon after opening, the original downtown theater began offering occasional unique programming such as silent movies scored by local bands playing live accompaniment, food-themed films such as Like Water for Chocolate served with a dinner matching the meals shown on screen, and retrospectives of various directors and stars.[citation needed] This includes location-based food options depending on the film setting.

In 2001, the Leagues renovated a four-screen art-house theater at 2700 Anderson Lane in North Austin, called Village Cinema, which had recently closed, and opened it as an Alamo Drafthouse which specialized in first-run movies. With this new Alamo Drafthouse Village, the downtown location ceased showing second-run movies and began to concentrate almost exclusively on unusual programming including classics, cult classics, independents, documentaries, special guest appearances, and audience participation shows.[citation needed]

In 2003, the Alamo Drafthouse opened on 13729 Research Boulevard in northwest Austin. The Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek had seven screens, all dedicated to new movies. Almost simultaneously, the Alamo granted their first franchise, which opened in the West Oaks Mall in Houston, Texas.

In May 2003, Travis Doss opened the first Alamo franchise location (West Oaks Mall) in Houston, Texas with six screens.

In July 2004, Tim and Karrie League sold the brand, including the brand name, intellectual property and rights to all future Alamo Drafthouse expansion to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas CEO Terrell Braly, John Martin, and David Kennedy, but retained an irrevocable license for the Austin locations (Village, Lamar, Downtown), which includes their Rolling Roadshow.[9]

In August 2004, the second largest Alamo (Westlakes) opened in San Antonio, Texas with eight screens.

In August 2005, Entertainment Weekly named the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema "The #1 movie theater in the country doing it right".[10]

Since February 2005, the new company has purchased the original franchise unit from Doss, opened a theater in the Katy Area and in Spring, Texas and built a new-build multi-screen theater in the Rio Grande Valley; though it was announced in 2006 to open, the building has remained unfinished since the original owner was foreclosed upon.[11]

In 2006, due to rising rent in downtown Austin, theater owners took steps to hand the theater over to a non-profit group called the "Heroes of the Alamo" foundation, operating the theater as a cultural arts center. However, with the historic Ritz Theater on 6th Street offered as an alternative location, the original Alamo was closed. The final event at the original location consisted of a special triple-feature event the evening of June 27, 2007. The final movie shown was Night Warning, with star Susan Tyrrell attending. At the conclusion of the movie, audience members were allowed to disassemble their seats and take them home as mementos of the theater.

Of the first seven theaters, the downtown Austin theater was unique for being the host of many important film events in Austin, such as the Quentin Tarantino Film Festival and Harry Knowles's annual Butt-numb-a-thon.

After six months of construction, the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz opened on November 2, 2007 with a triple feature of Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People, with a five course mushroom feast; a sneak preview of No Country For Old Men; and a Terror Thursday screening of War of the Gargantuas, introduced by Quentin Tarantino who flew out from Los Angeles for the night to attend the opening.

In 2009, the first outside of Texas was opened in Winchester, Virginia.[12]

A second San Antonio theater opened in 2009 (Park North), with six screens.[13]

In June 2010, founder Tim League was brought back in as CEO of the franchise operations.[14]

A third San Antonio location (Stone Oak) opened November 5, 2010, with six screens.

In 2013, the Lake Creek location was closed upon the opening of the brand new, larger, Lakeline location.[citation needed]

In June 2017, the current largest Alamo opened in Springfield, Missouri with 14 screens seating 1,050 people.

In March 2019, Business Insider reported that Alamo Drafthouse's movie-ticket subscription service, Alamo Season Pass, will launch nationwide at all Drafthouse theaters by the end of the year with the unlimited plan costing $20 a month in most regions of the country.[15]

In March 2020, Alamo Drafthouse announced that all locations were closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]

In May 2020, Alamo announced that former Starbucks Exec Shelli Taylor would become the new CEO of Alamo Drafthouse and that founder Tim League would transfer from his current role as CEO to become the Chairman of the Board of Directors.[17]

The company announced the launch of "Alamo on Demand" video streaming service on May 7, 2020. The streaming service will have films from Drafthouse Films, its film distribution arm, as well as partner with name-brand studios like Sony Pictures Classics and Lionsgate.[18][19]

On March 3, 2021, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema filed chapter 11 bankruptcy. Among closing cinemas across the southern U.S., the plans to open the Orlando, Florida location was cancelled.[20][21] The debtors are being represented by Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor as counsel and Houlihan Lokey as investment banker. With $100 million to $500 million in both assets and liabilities, Alamo is entering into a restructuring support agreement to help guide them through their bankruptcy.[22] In June 2021, the company announced that they had emerged from bankruptcy.[23]


Italicizes indicate location has not officially opened yet


  • Alamo Drafthouse Phoenix - Chandler (Planned 8 screen location in downtown Chandler, AZ abandoned due to construction issues, development taken over by Harkins Theatres. Alamo Holdings LLC later inked a $14.6 million lease on a location in south Chandler which opened on December 2, 2016)[24]
  • Alamo Drafthouse Tempe (opened early 2018)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Gilbert (8 screens, opened November 2019)[25]



District of Columbia[edit]




  • Alamo Drafthouse Omaha - La Vista (8 screens; opened October 31, 2015)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Midtown - Omaha (5 screens; opened Winter 2018)

New York[edit]

New York City[edit]

Other New York cities[edit]

  • Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers (6 screens; opened August 5, 2013 includes Video Vortex video store) [39]

North Carolina[edit]

  • Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh (11 screens, opened early 2018, includes Video Vortex video rental store) [3]



  • Alamo Drafthouse Village (4 screens; opened July 2001)
  • Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (6 screens; opened March 7, 2005, closed January 3, 2013 as the 1950s era Lamar Plaza shopping center is demolished and rebuilt. Reopened in third quarter 2014 in new building with 9 screens on the same site.)[40]
  • Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane (8 screens; opened on March 8, 2012)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline (10 screens; opened July 2013)
  • Alamo Drafthouse at Mueller (6 screens; opened March 2017)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Cedar Park - Cedar Park (10 screens; opening TBA)[41]


  • Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra (8 screens, replacing previous Mason Park location, July 2018)[42]
  • Alamo Drafthouse Sugar Land (opening 2021)
  • Alamo Drafthouse League City (opening 2021)
  • An additional location also being planned for the Houston area.[43]

San Antonio[edit]

  • Alamo Drafthouse Park North (6 screens; opened November 2009)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak (6 screens; opened on or after November 5, 2010)
  • Alamo Drafthouse La Cantera (11 screens, opening 2021)

Dallas–Fort Worth[edit]

  • Alamo Drafthouse Richardson (7 screens; opened August 2013 as first Dallas–Fort Worth area location) [44]
  • Alamo Drafthouse The Cedars (8 screens; opened 2016)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Las Colinas (opened April 2018)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands (opened March 2018)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Denton (opened June 2018)
  • Alamo Drafthouse North Richland Hills (8 screens, opened April 2019)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Frisco (TBA, will include Video Vortex video rental store)

El Paso[edit]

  • Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo Town Center (8 screens; opened May 6, 2016)
  • Alamo Drafthouse East El Paso (10 screens; opened March 24, 2021)

Other Texas cities[edit]

  • Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock (8 screens; opened April 25, 2014) [45]
  • Alamo Drafthouse Laredo (7 screens; opened September 4, 2015)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Corpus Christi (7 screens; opened February 2017)


Northern Virginia[edit]

Other Virginia cities[edit]


  • Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow - Mobile unit operates worldwide

Former locations[edit]


  • Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet - Kansas City (6 screens; took over operations from AMC Theatres June 21, 2012; closure announced as part of bankruptcy restructuring in March 2021)



  • Alamo Drafthouse Downtown – Austin (single screen; opened 1997, closed 2007 to move to Ritz location)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek – Austin (7 screens; opened May 2003; closed July 2013)
  • Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks Mall – Houston (6 screens; opened May 2003 as first Houston area location, closed June 25, 2012)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park - Spring (7 screens; opened February 2013; sold December 6, 2016)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park – Katy Area (7 screens; opened February 2006, closed June 2018, replaced by LaCenterra location)
  • Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz – Austin (2 screens; opened November 2007; closure announced as part of bankruptcy restructuring in March 2021)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Marketplace - New Braunfels (11 screens; opened December 20, 2013; closure announced as part of bankruptcy restructuring in March 2021)
  • Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes - San Antonio (9 screens; opened August 2004 as first San Antonio area location; closed mid 2021)

Cancelled expansions[edit]



  • Alamo Drafthouse Midtown Detroit (9 screens; planned for 2020, cancelled late 2019)[54]


  • Alamo Drafthouse Orlando (cancelled March 2021)


Alamo Drafthouse is famous for enforcing a strict policy on behavior while in the theater. Children under the age of two are not allowed, except for showings on specific days which are designated "Alamo For All" showings where parents are encouraged to bring young children, and rules around talking are relaxed.[55] Unaccompanied minors are not allowed in showings, except for members of the Alamo Drafthouse's Victory Vanguard rewards program, which allows 15–17 year-olds to attend showings unattended after their application to the rewards program has been submitted and reviewed. The application involves demonstrating an understanding of the theater's policies around talking, texting, arriving to the theater late, and basic tipping etiquette.[56]

The cinema also prohibits talking and texting during the film. Anyone who violates this policy is subject to warning and potential removal from the premises.[57] Alamo made national headlines in 2011 when the rantings of one angry customer who was ejected for texting were included in its "Don't Talk or Text" PSA shown before films. "When we adopted our strict no talking policy back in 1997, we knew we were going to alienate some of our patrons," Tim League posted on the cinema's website. "That was the plan. If you can't change your behavior and be quiet (or unilluminated) during a movie, then we don't want you at our venue."[58]

Fantastic Fest[edit]

Every year in September, the Alamo South Lamar location in Austin hosts a week-long film festival called Fantastic Fest dedicated to the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, Asian and "cult" film genres. Alamo Lake Creek holds the annual Zombie Film Festival (Dismember the Alamo) and the Off-centered Film Festival. The Ritz and South Lamar locations also participate in the SXSW Film Festival in March.

Other events include:

  • Action Pack - patrons are armed with cap guns in order to shoot at the screen during fun action films (often in-house pyrotechnics are performed as well)
  • Austin Air Guitar - each competitor has 60 seconds to perform air guitar to a song of one's own choosing
  • Austin Air Sex - same as the above except for sexual acts[59]
  • Big Screen Classics - classic movies shown on a Cinemascope screen
  • Butt-Numb-A-Thon ("BNAT"), an annual 24-hour film marathon in honor of Harry Knowles's birthday in December, held from 1999 to 2016 at Drafthouse locations. Following sexual assault allegations against Knowles in September 2017, League said the Alamo had severed all ties with Knowles.[60]
  • Celebrity Guests - special event where a famed film industry person or star speaks
  • Cinema Cocktails - bar service with at-seat waitered service during movies at the Ritz location
  • The Dionysium - monthly arts variety show including debate panels, lectures, forums, and socializing[61][62]
  • Filmmaking Frenzy - ongoing filmmaking competition with annual awards
  • Food & Film Events - special meal service for certain movies
  • Foleyvision - films which replace original audio with live commentary; formerly "Buzz Moran's Kung Fu Masterpiece Theater"
  • Kid's Club - free children's movie screenings last Saturday each month
  • Master Pancake Theater - live movie mockery; a panel of comedians mock a movie as it is shown with live comedy voice-overs, real-time commentary, and some pre-selected movie editing; a successor to the former special event "Christmas Show";[63] content frequently Rated R. Previously called "Mister Sinus Theater", until a cease and desist court order filed by Best Brains, holder of the Mystery Science Theater copyright, brought about the name-change.
  • MondoCon - Taking place the first weekend of Fantastic Fest, it focuses on the art and artists behind Mondo's posters and other collectibles. It also offers exclusive items, panels and screenings with filmmakers and artists.[64][65][66][67][68][69][70][71]
  • Mondo Mystery Movie - infrequent event where the movie is unknown until it's played. Typically admission includes a poster.
  • Music Monday - weekly Monday music-related film showing
  • Open Screen Night - weekly; patrons show their own videos
  • Quote-Alongs - patrons can sing, quote, and perform along with a movie, typically a cult film
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show - weekly live performance tribute to the movie of the same name
  • Rolling Roadshow Tour - somewhat annual 35mm movie screenings of famous movies in famous film-related locations across the United States
  • Sing-Alongs - patrons sing along to musical films or a collection of music videos
  • Terror Tuesdays - weekly horror movie showing
  • Weird Wednesday - weekly eclectic movie showing for $1 at midnight

Rolling Roadshow[edit]

Alamo Drafthouse hosts 35mm screenings of famous movies in famous places all over the world with their traveling portable projection system and a blow-up screen. Past events include: Fistful of Dollars at Cortijo el Sotillo, Spain, A Christmas Story in Cleveland, OH, The Lost Boys in Santa Cruz, CA, It Came From Outer Space 3D in Roswell, NM, The Goonies in Astoria, OR, Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Devil's Tower, WY, The Warriors in Coney Island, NY, Clerks in Red Bank, NJ, Jaws at Martha's Vineyard, MA, Field of Dreams at the Field of Dreams, IA, The Shining at the Stanley Hotel, CO, Poseidon Adventure on the Queen Mary, CA, Escape from Alcatraz on Alcatraz, CA just to name a few.

Drafthouse Films[edit]

Main article: Drafthouse Films

In 2010, after the return of former co-founder Tim League as CEO, the company launched Drafthouse Films, a film distribution company named after, and inspired by, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain.


Main article: Neon (distributor)

In 2017, then CEO Tim League founded another film distribution company with Tom Quinn in New York City called Neon, which has earned a total of 12 Academy Award nominations. As of 2019, Tim League was reportedly not involved in the daily operations of Neon.[72]


Birth.Movies.Death. is a magazine and website formerly published by Alamo Drafthouse.[73] The magazine and website provide news and commentary about films and the entertainment industry.

The sale of Birth.Movies.Death to Dallas Sonier'sCinestate film studio was announced in May 2020 concurrently with the stepping down of founder Tim League as CEO of Alamo Drafthouse.[74]

Hostile workplace allegations[edit]

In October 2016, Devin Faraci resigned from Birth.Movies.Death. after allegations of sexual assault surfaced.[75] Less than a year later, Tim League re-hired Faraci to write film blurbs for the 2017 Fantastic Fest.[76] Upon discovery of Faraci's re-hiring, Todd Brown resigned as Fantastic Fest's director of international programming in early September 2017.[77] Faraci resigned from writing for Fantastic Fest, and League made several public apologies regarding the matter.[78]

Later in September 2017, several women accused Harry Knowles of sexual harassment and sexual assault at events sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse or in professional workplace settings.[79][80] Subsequent to these revelations, Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest severed business ties with Knowles. League did not attend Fantastic Fest, opting instead to visit Alamo Drafthouse locations around the country to discuss workplace environment issues with employees.[60] Despite these events, Alamo Drafthouse proceeded with plans to show a previously-unreleased pornographic film by Ed Wood.[81]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^"Hey, movie and beer lovers: Alamo Drafthouse is coming to Raleigh".
  5. ^Barker, Jacob. "10-screen movie theater coming to City Foundry project in Midtown". BLOX CMS. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  6. ^Porpora, Tracey. "ShopRite, dine-in movie theater and more coming to The Boulevard". Advance Digital. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  7. ^"Alamo Drafthouse may open its third NYC theater in the Financial District - Curbed NY". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  8. ^"Reel nerds: How two Rice undergrads started an unconventional cinema empire".
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Angry Voicemail We Got From an Alamo Drafthouse Customer

And did other pre-holiday activities. When we finished it was already evening. Probably six hours.

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To relax and take a breath. Sorry about the incident at the entrance. I am the owner of this store, and I accidentally found my saleswoman drinking right at work, this is unacceptable, I had to kick her out immediately, but. Dont worry, I will pick up comfortable shoes for you. The strong voice of a man and a cozy armchair, soft music and a beautifully furnished store were so mesmerizing that Natasha.

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