We're holding several months' worth of fun in one incredible night.
The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar theater is beloved by Austinites and those of us who visit Austin frequently. It's where Fantastic Fest is held every year, and it's been home to countless marathons, premieres, Q&As, sing-alongs and secret screenings. Many of us have waxed poetic over the film we just saw on the patio outside the theater, or grabbed a beer with a friend at the lobby bar. The South Lamar theater is special to us, and therefore, we're going to send that beautiful beast off in style.
Because South Lamar is temporarily closing, to open in 2013 as a bigger, better and more state-of-the-art establishment in which we will all eat more Queso Magnifico, drink more (512) Pecan Porter and - of course! - watch more movies. You can see the incredibly cool and tony design for the new theater here.
And in the meantime, we're throwing a huge send-off for the old broad on January 3rd, and tickets go on sale Friday, the 21st, at noon CT.
Per Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest founder and CEO: “Although we are sad to be temporarily shuttering the doors at our Lamar headquarters, the new theater will be better than ever. Drinking beer and watching movies with the friends I’ve made at Lamar over the last eight years will be the perfect send-off.” Agreed! Just get a load of this lineup:
Alamo South Lamar Closing Night Programming – 1/3/13
All right, you lame-brained knuckleheads. It's time to drown ourselves in the toilet end of Golden Age Hollywood with the funnybone-busting buffoonery of history's most beloved witless wonders. Whether they're destroying priceless antiques, stumbling through a haunted house or tossing a pie in aristocrats' faces, this trio of subhumanoid goofnuts immortalize the grand art of blazing, rampaging slapstick idiocy. We'll be presenting FIVE of their most madcap short forays into dunce cap chaos, all in glorious 35mm. So crack open your skull and dislodge your noodle, cuz you sure ain't gonna need it. Instead, Larry, Moe and Curly will be crawling up your cortex to obliterate your meager IQ with a relentless assault of knee-slappingly zany physical abuse!! Heck, there'll even be a short featuring our favorite underdog stooge; part of our tireless crusade to legalize Shemp! Be here for an unforgettable night of anti-intellectual adventure, as we throw Alamo South Lamar's first (and last) THREE STOOGES PARTYYYY!!! (Zack Carlson)
We've been screening this quote-along at the Alamo Lamar every Monday for the past year, so it only seems right that we party with the Dude one final time. We've subtitled all of your favorite lines, man, and we'll be handing out props so you can feel like a real Little Lebowski Urban Achiever. Fight for the Dude's favorite rug, guard your toes from Walter and whatever you do, don't f*ck with the Jesus. (The Action Pack)
With legendary director DON COSCARELLI in attendance!
Don Coscarelli, the creative cyclone behind PHANTASM, BEASTMASTER and BUBBA HO-TEP, returns to form with his first movie in a decade, a big screen adaptation of the cult novel JOHN DIES AT THE END. This thrill-a-minute comedy gorefest packs in more twists and turns than all the other movies you will see this year. See frozen meat monsters, phallic door hardware, lysergic tangents, sentient slugs, flying moustaches and more, all in the company of the nicest man in Hollywood, Don Coscarelli (Tim League)
To celebrate the end of an era at the Lamar theater, Girlie Night is kicking it high school style and throwing a cinematic prom. Come dressed in your finest pink ensemble (bonus points if you sew it yourself) and enjoy the John Hughes classic that created teams (Blaine vs Duckie!) way before Edward and Jacob. Start practicing your Otis Redding lip synch routine now! (Sara Pitre)
Jean-Luc Godard turns his thoughts to a rapidly changing Paris. A prime example of cinema interruptus, 2 OR 3 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER features snippets of thoughts about capitalism and communism, the war in Vietnam, the meanings of words, and a spreading indifference to the modern world and its problems. (Austin Film Society)
TOBE HOOPER, director/writer/producer of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE in attendance!
The Alamo Drafthouse is proud to present a monumental evening for all generations of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE fans -- a double feature screening of the original THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE in 35mm and its first-ever direct sequel, TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D! After four decades of semi-sequels and requels, the franchise returns with TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, the first-ever direct sequel to the original film. If your body isn't ripped to shreds from sheer happiness after watching these two films PLUS hanging out with Tobe Hooper, don't ever talk to me again. (Joe Ziemba)
Closing night at the Alamo Lamar promises to be packed with nostalgia and film appreciation... and like any Alamo party, it is also guaranteed to get ridiculous. To go out with a bang, we're screening a film that really knows how to bring the crazy: BRIDESMAIDS. Slip on your most heinous bridesmaid dress and join us for an evening of hilarious awkwardness, bodily dysfunction and a little Wilson Philips karaoke. (Puppy party favors not included.) (Sarah Pitre)
Van Dammage was the absolute best time of my life. I thought there could be no better way to say, "thanks for the memories, South Lamar" than getting a 35mm print of the movie that ultimately got the axe from that lineup and show it on our final night. This movie wasn't excised because it wasn't good -- quite the opposite, in fact -- it may have been discarded because it was just TOO GOOD. Lance Henriksen has been hiring homeless vets to play in a game of human prey and Van Damme is hot on his trail to find a missing man. AND THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW. (Greg Maclennan)
Hired by moneylenders, a man lives as a loan shark brutally threatening people for paybacks. Without any family therefore with nothing to lose, he continues his merciless way of life regardless of all the pain he has caused to a countless number of people. One day, a woman appears claiming to be his mother. He coldly rejects her at first, but gradually accepts her into his life. He decides to quit his cruel line of work and to live a decent life. Then, suddenly, his mother is kidnapped. Assuming that it would be by someone he had hurt in the past, he starts to track down all the people he'd harassed. The man finally finds the very person, only to discover most horrifying dark secrets are better left unrevealed. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.
As we welcome 2013, we will sing-along to the greatest music videos that 2012 had to offer. We’ll hit every song that you’ve heard two billion times on the radio and watched at least five times on YouTube. While that may sound annoying to some, you and I both know that alcohol makes those songs super fun again. Singing at the top of your lungs with a theater full of strangers is the best way to say, “Oh yeah, that song is kind of fun. Let’s sing it really loud tonight and then NEVER LISTEN TO IT AGAIN!” So join us for one last celebration of 2012 and say hello to Ke$ha’s gold tooth, Nicki Minaj’s ridiculous outfits, Carly Rae Jepsen’s bangs, Psy’s crazy antics and more. If you pay any attention to pop culture at all, you’ll definitely see those things again. But they’ll be in a new year so they’ll be super fresh again! (Henri Mazza)
Dolph Springer (Reno 911’s Jack Plotnick) awakens one morning to find he has lost the sole love of his life – his dog, Paul. Desperate to reunite with his best friend and to set things right, Dolph embarks on a journey which spirals into the realm of the absurd. On his quest, he drastically alters the lives of several severely bizarro characters, including a promiscuous pizza delivery girl (Entourage's Alexis Dziena), a mentally unstable, jogging-addicted neighbor, an opportunistic French-Mexican gardener, an eccentric pet detective (Steve Little of HBO’s Eastbound And Down) and most mysterious of all, an enigmatic pony-tailed guru, Master Chang (William Fichtner) who imparts his teachings to Dolph on how to metaphysically reconnect with his pet. From fearless cinematic surrealist Quentin Dupieux, the director behind the head-exploding RUBBER, WRONG is a wholly original and hilariously hallucinatory universe all its own.
What I love about this programming is that it offers a taste of everything South Lamar has had to offer over the past eight years. We've got a little Fantastic Fest, a little Drafthouse Films, classic films, sing-alongs, premieres, double features, everything from Girlie Night to Tough Guy Cinema. And additional closing night programming is still going to be announced, so stay tuned!