Going to the movies is one of my favorite things to do. I’m movie fan… and TV… and, well, anything pop culture related, I generally love. But going to the movies, watching it on the big screen and eating greasy popcorn is an experience. For 2+ hours, I’m in the dark, transported to a different world. And whether the movie is good or bad, the experience is awesome.
But Alamo Drafthouse takes all of this one step further. They love movies. I mean, L.O.V.E movies. If you’ve never had the experience of a movie at the Drafthouse, I highly suggest you go.
First, they serve great food and booze. I’m a fan of the Royale with Cheese myself – no bun, side of ranch for my fries. I wash it down with a (or pitcher of – don’t judge) Blue Moon. They usually have also have seasonal dishes that correspond to the movies. Right now it’s Catching Fire Fries – sweet potato fries with house made beef chili, cheddar and scallions. Hello, yum.
While eating good food and gettin’ boozy is awesome, it’s still not the best part. It’s how much the fine folks who dreamt up this place love movies. It comes through in everything they do. You don’t get lame local ads in the front of movies here like in other theaters. Oh, no. They put together the craziest, coolest montage of clips from TV and movies and the internet that go along with the theme of the movie. For instance – in front of American Hustle, it was all things disco and 70′s. A trailer for Disco Godfather (yeah, that’s real). Clips of old 70′s commercials and TV shows. Just cool stuff to get you all pumped up for what you’re about to watch.
Plus, they don’t just show current movies. They have special “Quote-a-longs” all the time to classic movies. Mike and I saw Love Actually and the original Superman movie there. They have themed sing-a-longs, too. They’re doing 90′s music all different genres throughout the month of January and an ode to Brit-Brit. They ran a Justin Timberlake one last month. You can get all the scoop on what’s showing by subscribing to their monthly publication Birth. Movies. Death. to get the line up and interesting tidbits about movies and pop culture.
Also, you can host your own party there. First time I heard this I was all, “Say what?!”. For a low fee you can rent a theater for a private screening, supply the booze and food if you want and enjoy! Watch something you bring or choose from their list of quote-a-longs and what not. For our team holiday party, we watched Christmas Vacation (with props!), ate some good food and listened to the new wave 80′s sing-a-long while doing a gift swap. So fun and not the norm.
I also love that they hire people who love what they do. They enjoy going to work. They get into the experience just as much as the audience does. I’ve talked to a few of them and they’ve all said they come up there even when they aren’t working for some of the special showings because they love it so much.
This is the type of company I love spending money with. And we spend a lot. We are probably there once a week when we’re not busy or out of town. The Stone Oak location is about 5 min from our house. The wait staff even recognizes us now.
Best of all, they are serious business about no talking/texting in the theater. Your ass gets tossed if you’re caught doing it. They don’t play. They run this little video before the trailers start. I pretty much have it memorized. It brings me infinite joy to watch it.
So next time any of you hookers that don’t have one of these in your city come to visit, we should get a little boozy and take in a show. You’ll thank me. Promise. I walk out of there every time just… happy. And a little drunk, but super happy.