For those of us who were there at the beginning — that first single screen Alamo Drafthouse on Colorado St. in Austin, with every other row of seats removed and a wooden board set up in front of every row for your beer and grub — this is a much needed surprise.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has announced has launched an “Alamo-At-Home” initiative, including the exciting Virtual Cinema return of its longest-running programming series, Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday, plus new t-shirt designs drawn from its most iconic “Don’t Talk” PSAs, and home versions of its most sought-after movie snack recipes.
“The entire reason Karrie and I built theaters in the first place was to bring people together in a celebration of film,” says Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO. “Our theaters are currently closed, but that doesn’t mean our communities have to remain shuttered as well. We intend to hunker down, weather this storm and reemerge on the other side. Until then, we’ll continue to work to share the movies we love with this community, and find ways to support each other.”
Last week Alamo Drafthouse announced it would begin offering “Virtual Cinema” options to guests — an initiative led by distributors like Kino Lorber, Film Movement, and Magnolia Pictures to allow independent theaters to digitally offer new films to their guests. Thanks to the American Genre Film Archive and the American Film Genre Archive (AGFA), Alamo Drafthouse’s signature cinephile series are entering the Virtual Cinema space with online screenings featuring pre-show content, introductions, and discussions conducted on Alamo Drafthouse’s content and editorial website, BirthMoviesDeath.com. [Editor’s Note: BirthMoviesDeath is a fantastic resource for true movie fans, so be sure to check it out.]
“Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday aren’t just film series — they’re communities, and even though our theater doors are currently closed, it’s vital that we continue to foster these communities, because they are truly the heart of the Alamo Drafthouse,” says Sarah Pitre, Senior Director of Programming and Promotions.
The first title chosen is Terror Tuesday’s Centipede Horror, the outrageous 1982 Hong Kong gross-out cult classic by director Keith Li. Never released legitimately on home video in the United States, the Virtual Cinema screening uses a recent 2K preservation drawn from the only 35mm film print in existence. The screening goes live beginning at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central / 5pm Pacific on Tuesday, March 31 at vimeo.com/ondemand/ttcentipede. Tickets are on sale now for $7.75, and support AGFA and Alamo Drafthouse. Watch the trailer for Centipede Horror below… but not while you’re eating lunch!
Weird Wednesday’s first Virtual Cinema title is a 4K restoration of Godmonster of Indian Flats, the story of an eight-foot-tall toxic sheep monster (!) that blows up gas stations, smashes crooked politicians, and terrorizes stoners. The screening is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8. Here’s the trailer for Godmonster:
For those who have been to an Alamo Drafthouse IRL, they’ve also released the recipe for their Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower snacks served at their theaters — check it out here!